If you’ve heard of the cruise line Hurtigruten you are most likely an adventure traveler (or from Norway). Think Norwegian coast, Greenland, the Arctic and Antarctica. Hurtigruten offers once-in-a-lifetime expedition voyages. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with one of the most well-cruised individuals whose cruise career spans over 30 years. She had recently been on the Antarctica expedition on Hurtigruten and said it truly was a once in a lifetime cruise. As she shared photos of being just feet away from penguins and talked about overnight camping on the frozen ground as an “excursion”, it was easy to see that Hurtigruten knows how to fill this specific niche adventure travelers are looking for in a cruise.
Like yesterday’s cruise line, Hurtigruten has a long history. It was established in 1893 to improve communications between Bergen and Kirkenes. The founders took on the challenge of thoroughly mapping the seas along the coastline (I’m sure they would have loved to have had Google Maps back then for a bird’s eye view). They figured out a 7-day route at the time and called it ‘Hurtigruten’ (the fast route). Now 120 years later, they still carry freight and passengers.
In 2007, the new expedition ship, MS Fram, started service and that’s when they debuted a new route to Greenland. This ship was specifically built for comfortable explorer voyages with an emphasis on relaxation and discovery. In addition to MS Fram, Hurtigruten has 11 other ships in its fleet.
If you are looking for a cruise to Antarctica, want to experience the Northern lights, Norwegian fjords, the Midnight sun or explore Greenland and Iceland, then Hurtigruten is a good cruise line option for you. As we’ve said before, you really can see the entire world cruising. It’s not just sunny skies and beaches.