Expedition Cruising

Lose yourself in the thrill of adventure on one of our fascinating and educational expedition voyages, that will bring you right up close to pristine and untouched nature. Read more...

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with an expedition cruise, taking you into polar waters and following the pioneering explorer routes of old.

We offer a number of adventurous packages for those eager for an escape by sea. An expedition voyage is all about the experience of discovering a new culture and landscape. Although comfortable cabins, these ships are purpose built for expeditions and not luxury cruising. Instead of formal dinners and onboard entertainment, there are lectures, science and discovery centres and environmental experts onboard.

Fjords, national parks and wildlife

Over 14 days explore the national parks of Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland on the Tri Arctic National Park itinerary. One of our most popular routes, this Hurtigruten voyage combines an emphasis on education with getting up close and personal to threatened Arctic and sub Arctic environments.

In the North West Spitsbergen National Park, admire the tundra plains and mountains as you sail along the sparkling Kongsfjorden to the King's Glacier. Learn about the history of Svalbard at Magdalenefjorden, home to the 16th century whaling station and the first Central European settlement of the area.

In Greenland, explore the huge North East Greenland National Park over a number of days, a pristine nature reserve three times the size of the UK. While here, you will visit many fjords and see incredible wildlife such as musk oxen, arctic foxes, arctic wolves, Greenland falcons, snowy owls and many sea birds. Next visit Ittoqqortoormiit, an isolated trapper community where a local guide will greet you and explain the customs of the area.

Spend your final three days in Iceland exploring Grunarfjorden, or the Westfjords of Iceland. See exactly why it is called the Land of Ice and Fire and be swept up in the myths of elves - this area is the only area in the world  that has been set aside specifically for the beings by a government building authority!

Antarctic exploration for all

Over 16 days aboard the MS Midnatsol, the Patagonia and Antarctic Discovery Voyage is an adventure that caters for all. With world class facilities onboard the ship and a specifically youth targeted Young Explorers program, this itinerary satisfies every true explorers craving to see pristine and untouched nature at its best.

Beginning in Santiago de Chile, the ship will take you to explore the unexpectedly beautiful Chilean fjords with the narrow crossing at the Canal Gabriel immediately immersing you in the adventure! The Patagonian coast by sea is amazing to see and the Garibaldi fjord and Garibaldi glaciers are a stand-out, with snowcapped mountains and deep valleys where the sheer rock drops into the sea. The steep and striking mountains are also home to many birds, such as the Andean condor, while colonies of sea lions are not an uncommon sight.

The MS Midnastol will attempt the difficult landing at Cape Horn, the southernmost point of South America, although it is often not possible due to treacherous currents.

Then spend a week exploring Antarctica, with many activities on offer to take in the incredible continent. Try a zodiac landing; embark on field trips with glaciology experts as a part of the Young Explorer program; see one of the largest colonies of gentoo penguins and explore Half Moon island – a jewel of diversity in the area.

Into the Canadian wilderness

From 2017, Hurtigruten will be following in the wake of Viking ancestors and travelling to the High Arctic in Canada on the Crossing Baffin Bay itinerary. Home to the first European settlements in North America, this journey will encompass some of the most beautiful national parks that Canada has to offer.

Aboard the MS Spitsbergen, guests will have the chance to visit L'Anse aux Meadows, a sleepy fishing village that holds secrets to a Viking past. Perched on the northernmost tip of Newfoundland, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978 and dates back to about the year 1000 C.E.

Hurtigruten expedition voyages emphasise activities, adventure and gaining insight into the wilderness around us, and the Canadian Arctic voyages will be no exception. From the 'floating classroom', guests will have the chance to learn about the fascinating Viking history, the Indigenous people of Canada, zoology, botany and environmental science.

While cruising the coast of Labrador for a number of days, guests may visit another UNESCO World Heritage site, the fishing village of Red Bay. Guests can wander among picturesque streets and learn about the history of the Basque whaling operation that took place on the nearby Saddle Island.

A number of days will be spent exploring Baffin Island, which has been identified by most historians at Helluland (a place of black rocks) that is described in ancient Norse sagas. A wild Inuit homeland for over 4 000 years, this large island has many Arctic activities available for the adventurous. Plus see Viking artifacts such as architectural materials, yarn spun from hare, tally sticks and a carved wooden face mask resembling European features.

Following this there is an exploration of Northwest Greenland, with the volcanic island of Disko, home to many hot springs and fascinating archaeological history. Next is Eqip Sermia Glacier, one of the highlights on the trip. Situated in the incredible Ilulissat Icefjords, see enormous icebergs where the fjord meets the sea. Here you can enjoy optional activities such as hiking, a boat tour of the icefjords or a historic town walk.

The journey comes to an end in Kangerlussuaq, with the chance to do some final trekking on the epic Greenland ice sheet, a throwback from the last ice age.

We offer many more adventurous expedition voyages with Hurtigruten. Contact one of agents or download one of our brochures for more information.