From the magnificent fjords of Norway to the awesome ice-filled bays of Antarctica, Hurtigruten is renowned for its unique range of voyages to remote, beautiful and dramatic coastlines, from the far north to the distant south. With over 120 years of maritime experience and a fleet of 14 comfortable and intimate ships, they offer voyages that go beyond the traditional cruise, allowing closer encounters with environments, wildlife and people along the shorelines.
With daily departures year round, their Norwegian voyages begin in Bergen and travel north across the Arctic Circle and beyond, whilst meandering through the dramatic splendours of the coast. As they weave in and out of narrow inlets, they sail along some of the world's most beautiful coastline, nearly always in sight of land and discover what makes this voyage unique. Like- minded people from across the world come to enjoy the magnificent scenery and informal atmosphere on board. Many take the opportunity to sail in summer during the period of the Midnight Sun. Although winter provides the possibility of witnessing one of nature's lavish displays, the Northern Lights. As you board a Hurtigruten ship, you become a part of a tradition that has spanned three centuries, this commitment to a proud heritage has made Hurtigruten an essential part of Norwegian life.
From their Norwegian roots, the ships are purpose- built for the waters they voyage in, weaving close to the shore past magnificent scenery. The ships vary in size and age and all come with their own individual style and character. On board large comfortable panoramic lounges are complemented by bars and a restaurant serving celebrated cuisine. As you would expect, you will experience the highest standards of design, complemented by works of art inspired by the land and seascapes through which they sail.
Everything takes place at a leisurely pace right from the moment you embark on your Hurtigruten coastal ship. Peace, tranquillity and uninterrupted 360 degree views await from the Panorama Lookout Lounge, cosy lounge chairs and sofas offer you a lazy moment, light bites to eat are offered in the ships small café and you can soak your shoulders in the Jacuzzi or work up an appetite in the gym between the ports where offered on ship.
Never fear about missing a great sight to behold as when a point of interest is close by or about to occur, an announcement will be made in plenty of time so you can wrap up warm and head out on deck to witness these spectacular sights with your very own eyes.
Dinner is a no fuss affair, their aim is to sail calmly through the crisp clean air, close to the ever-changing environment. Open seating for breakfast and lunchtime creates a relaxed atmosphere in which to contemplate the sights already seen and anticipate those still to come. Menus are planned around fresh, seasonal ingredients and take advantage of local produce to satisfy appetites stimulated by the fresh sea air.
Whether you chose to watch the Northern Lights in winter, experience the permanent daylight of the Midnight Sun in the summer, breathe in the fresh spring air or lap up the tranquil harmony of autumn and make the most of Norway’s beautiful coast, your experience will vary wildly and Hurtigruten are the experts in what they do.