The essence of Norway’s appeal is remarkably simple: this is one of the most beautiful countries on earth, and Hurtigruten is an adventure that is unmistakably Norwegian.
The coastline between Bergen and Kirkenes is over 2,400km long, and in the 19th Century almost all of it was home to rich fishing grounds. The maritime maps were unreliable and there were only a few lighthouses, especially in the north. When the Norwegian government decided to create a connection between the north and the south, Richard With and his friend Anders Holthe took on the challenge of thoroughly mapping the seas along the coastline. In 1893, Captain Richard With’s steamer, DS Vesteraalen, was brought into regular service along the coast of Norway, and Hurtigruten was established.
120 years later, they still carry freight and passengers however their focus is now also on leisure and presenting visitors to Norway the stunning coastal scenery. Their captains use their extensive maritime expertise to ensure that guests and goods are safely carried from port to port. Today, as then, the Hurtigruten ships are a part of Norwegian coastal life. One of the fleet’s 11 ships departs Bergen daily, sailing to Kirkenes and back in 12 days at an average speed of 15 knots.
If you fancy something more extreme you can also travel with Hurtigruten on their explorer ship the MS Fram, and from end of 2016 MS Midnatsol, to the remote and rarely visited places of Antarctica and the South Pacific, The Chilean fjords, Greenland, Spitsbergen and Iceland. These ships are small enough to reach the interesting sites, yet big enough for comfort even in rough weather. Being on an Explorer voyage means travelling in remote regions where weather and ice guides the route. Voyages run to ﬂexible schedules and we make the best of our conditions at hand – and of course, safety always comes ﬁrst. Their expedition team is also always on board to provide you with lectures and to provide you with daily landing and optional excursions to these remote places that’s so rarely visited by tourist.
Our Explorer ships continues the Norwegian tradition of exploring the white areas of our planet, sailing the waters of Antarctica, Chilean Fjords, Greenland, Iceland, Spitsbergen and Norway.
Book a holiday on board one of Hurtigruten’ s Norwegian cruise ships and they’ll show you incredible landscapes and introduce you to unforgettable people. Choose from an extensive range of different itineraries at different times of the year.