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About HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

Hurtigruten Expeditions are the world’s largest and leading expedition cruise company. It’s been almost 130 years since they first pioneered expedition cruising and they continue to explore the planet, visiting some of the world’s most beautiful and pristine regions.

With sustainability and exploration at its core, they offer small-ship exploration of ....more

Reasons to tour with HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

Hybrid ships that reduce emissions and push for change within the industry

Deeper exploration of some of the world’s most remote and unique destinations

While you immerse yourself in beautiful nature, wildlife, culture and history, you will learn from our expert Expedition Team and get unclose to understand the story behind what you are seeing.

Participate in research programs in the Science Centre, hear in-depth lectures on topics such as glaciology, climate change, plus engaging activities on deck.

Respecting traditions and protecting habitats through activities likes fighting marine pollution and supporting beach clean-ups

All-inclusive meals and selected drinks at meal times.

Included: Daily excursions including small boat exploring and landings. Not Included: Extra excursions and activities

Destinations: Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard, Northwest Passage, Alaska, North America, Central America & Caribbean incl. Galapagos, South America, Europe, Africa, Norway

Covid Policies

We care deeply about your safety, health, and well-being. We’ve several procedures throughout all our ships, designed to keep you safe and healthy. We constantly review the global situation and ensure all our measures are following the latest guidelines from local authorities as well as our prevention measures.

Cultural Preservation

We strive not only to connect with local communities, but to share genuine friendship with them while always respecting their values and customs. As guests in their home, our emphasis is on appreciating their unique culture and ensuring our interactions are positive and upbuilding for all. You can therefore enjoy ....more

Awards

Expedition Cruise Line of the Year at the 2023 TTG Travel Awards and recognised by multiple sustainability travel awards for commitment to green travel

Economic Impact

We are dedicated to supporting the local communities we visit, and to creating beneficial ripple effects that continue long after we’ve left. By trading locally and sourcing services such as food produce and excursions from local suppliers, we contribute to the livelihood and welfare of people.

Social Responsibility

Sustainability isn’t something we can do alone. Everyone in our industry needs to work together for a greener future. We are therefore founding members of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). These trade member organisations work to ....more

Environmental Sustainability

We announced our war on plastics in 2018 when we were the first expedition company to ban non-essential single-use plastic throughout our entire operation. That means you won’t find items like plastic cups, plastic straws or plastic cutlery on board our ships. You also won’t see our shops selling microplastic-made ....more

Responsible Tourism

Exploring our blue planet for more than a century has taught us the importance of being green. As a result, we are now supporting 41 environmental, cultural and social projects in 11 different countries. These range from helping endangered orcas in the Pacific Northwest and protecting Galápagos seabirds, to securing ....more

What We Offer

With HX Expeditions you’ll be travelling to some of the most remote and pristine places on the planet. These are areas where nature reigns supreme and where wildlife live free.

Itineraries on our expedition cruises are not completely set in stone. This gives us the flexibility of responding to challenging elements ....more

Our Story

Since 1896, we’ve been taking curious travellers on mindful expeditions to the world’s most awe-inspiring places. Today, we’re leaders in expedition cruising, taking our guests from the pristine wilderness of the Arctic, to the Galápagos Islands, or getting up close to Antarctica's penguins in our stylish, purpose-built expedition ships. Join ....more

Accreditations and Associations

ABTA, ATOL, IAATO and founding members of AECO (Association of Expeditions Cruise Operators)

HX Hurtigruten Expeditions Reviews

JB37  

Fabulous Expedition Cruise

20-Feb-2024

This cruise was absolutely fantastic. The staff were friendly and helpful. The expeditions were super well organised and extremely interesting. The expedition crew were so knowledgeable, informative, funny and inspiring! Best science lessons I have ever experienced! Field trips are so exciting - for any age! The underwater drone was fascinating especially when looking at shipwrecks and the sea beds, watching starfish, lug worms and all forms of fish move etc. Plenty of interesting talks on the species of whale, birds and vegetation that we witnessed seeing in their natural habitats

Danko  

Perfect Antarctica Cruise

15-Dec-2023

We wanted a different experience and we got it ! Vessel completely fulfilled our expectations, from the accommodation, food and safety on board to the pre and post cruise arrangements. Hurtigruten did well in organising our flights and hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires before and after the Cruise. Nothing much to say about Antartica, this is a whole new and different planet, nature scenes are absolutely stunning. Expedition Team on board providing different workshops and lectures was just a cream on the top... Young and educated experts were not saving time in providing all scientific questions we had for them. All the landing points shore excursions were perfectly organised, what gave us a possibility to explore Antarctica deeper then we thought it will be possible. You can not choose weather, but even with weather we had a bit of luck, temperatures between -5 and +5 C, even a lot of clear blue sky ! All together, perfect Antarctica Cruse ! Thumbs up for Hurtigruten !

twototravel  

Trip of a Lifetime

10-Jan-2024

Our cruise only had about 300 passengers. The entire crew was fantastic! The expedition crew ensured we had as many outings as possible, and our several days we had landings and zodiac cruises. We had terrific weather up until the last landing. They issue boots and you get a complimentary jacket. Hiking poles in different heights are also provided. Food was delicious in the Aune restaurant and varied. Breakfast was especially good with crispy bacon! Everything is made from scratch in the kitchens which is amazing. We ate in the “fast food” Freidham a couple of times. Tried the 8.50 euro milkshake. Ship is beautiful with a 6 story digital screen behind the glass elevators. Lots of nooks to be by yourself looking out at the scenery. Scenery was breathtaking / the icebergs, the water, whales, penguins, seals and birds. No entertainment to speak of other than loads of lectures and art sessions. We did have two nights where the crew had a band and played music. There is a small pool and jacuzzi, a sauna, a spa, and small gym.

HX Hurtigruten Expeditions Ships

MS Fram

MS Nordstjernen

MS Fridtjof Nansen

MS Maud

MS Otto Sverdrup

MS Spitsbergen

MS Roald Amundsen

Santa Cruz II

Frequently Asked Questions

What languages are spoken onboard?

The working language on board is English. Announcements and written information are also given in German, and may also be given in French and Chinese on selected departures. In order to be able to accommodate lectures in a language other than English, we offer an “in-ear” translation into German. Lectures will be streamed into the cabins. Whilst Santa Cruz II sails under the Ecuadorian flag; Announcements for guests are given in English, and may also be given in German, French, Spanish, or Italian depending on the guests traveling. Lectures and other presentations are held in different languages in different rooms.

Are expeditions suitable for children?

We do welcome children onboard. However, Hurtigruten Expeditions doesn't allow children under the age of 5 to travel with us to Antarctica and South Georgia. For safety reasons, children under 12 years of age will be considered for participation in excursions at each landing. For those travelling to the Galápagos on Santa Cruz II only - Parents with children below the age of 6 need to present at embarkation a release form signed by their parents or guardians to board a Galápagos cruise. If children between the ages of 6-18 are accompanied by one parent/legal guardian, a minor consent form signed by the other parent, or both parents if the minor is accompanied by a legal guardian, must be presented on boarding.

Do I need my own equipement or can I borrow whilst onboard?

On many of our expedition cruises, we are landing in areas covered with snow. The terrain might be muddy, uneven, wet, and very slippery. The weather may be inclement and cold. This is part of being an explorer. For settlement landings in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, Norway, and other locations it is highly recommended to bring your own proper sturdy footwear. In Antarctica, South Georgia, and Svalbard, it is mandatory to use rubber boots for all landings as well as on nature landings in Arctic Canada, Greenland, and Iceland. In sailing areas where boots are mandatory for landings, they will be provided on board during your expedition free of charge. Boots are rinsed and declared clean from seeds and other biological material after every landing to avoid unintentionally spreading invasive species into fragile environments. We carry sizes from 32 to 50. If you need a smaller or larger size than this or prefer to wear your own boots, you are welcome to bring private rubber boots, but please be advised that our Expedition Team will have them checked before going ashore, to make sure they are suitable for landing. We also lend out walking sticks on board. If you are more comfortable using your own walking sticks, bring them along with you, but bear in mind that they must be properly cleaned and disinfected after every landing. For those guests onboard Santa Cruz II equipment includes sit-on-top kayaks, paddle boards, a glass bottom boat, and snorkeling gear (mesh bags, masks, fins, tubes, and buoyancy vests). The use of all these is free of charge. These activities are regulated by the National Park and must always be under the supervision of a licensed naturalist guide. Guests must attend a short safety briefing before these activities are held. Safety briefings and release documents are mandatory for participation in these activities. Wetsuits are available in all sizes, from XXS to XXL. All gear provided by the ship is cleaned and disinfected under the medical officer´s supervision. A brand-new mouthpiece is given to each snorkeler when using the ship´s gear.

Why do I need to pay a single supplement if I am travelling along?

The voyage prices you see across the website and brochures are based on two people travelling together and sharing a cabin. Solo travellers may be required to pay an additional fee known as a Single Supplement, which can vary depending on the cabin selected or destination. However, we understand that in the true spirit of exploration - some guests like to travel solo. So we occasionally remove this additional Single Supplement fee across selected departures, voyages and destinations. This list of departures is often changing, so for the latest information, please contact us.

What is your gratuity policy?

On board Hurtigruten Expedition Ships, it's not common practice or expected to tip. However, we have learned that many of our guests wish to give special thanks to our service crew on board. It is at the individual's discretion to honour the service provided by the crew in the bars, restaurants, cabins, and behind the scene. If you wish to leave a tip, you can do so by one of the following options: By seeing the reception and debit the amount to your cruise account. Or leave a tip in the tipping box located at the Reception, during the last days of the voyage. The money collected from these boxes will then be divided equally among all crew members after the voyage, we ask not to tip individual crew members during the voyage to ensure the people behind the scenes also are included. Please Note: Officers and Expedition Team are not included in this breakdown.

Can I use a drone whilst onboard?

The use of passenger-operated drones is not permitted during your voyage. This is for general safety as well as the protection of vulnerable wildlife and other guests’ personal security. Drones are not allowed in Galapagos. Flash photography is not allowed on wildlife in the national parks. Professional video photography requires a special permit of the National Park Directorate.

What should I pack for my Expedition cruise?

From the frozen Antarctic to the temperate Galapagos Islands and West Africa - the climate and conditions vary between the various destinations we explore. Regardless of the destination you visit, we recommend you bring suitable footwear for both wet and dry landings. It's possible to borrow boots, trekking poles, and other bits of equipment depending on the destination you travel to.

What policies are in place for Covid-19?

We care deeply about your safety, health, and well-being. We’ve several procedures throughout all our ships, designed to keep you safe and healthy. We constantly review the global situation and ensure all our measures are following the latest guidelines from local authorities as well as our prevention measures.

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    HX Hurtigruten Expeditions requires a minimum deposit of 25% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 90 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    If you need to cancel your tour, tourhub doesn't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of HX Hurtigruten Expeditions charges.

    Up to 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit
    At 89 days before tour starts: Forfeit 40% of tour cost
    At 59 days before tour starts: Forfeit 70% of tour cost
    At 27 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of tour cost
    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of tour cost
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    All payments are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.

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