Hurtigruten is a cruise line renowned for its extraordinary cruises to Norway, the Arctic, Greenland and Antarctica. Every sailing with Hurtigruten promises the perfect fusion of relaxation, exploration and discovery. Huritgruten is an excellent choice of shipping line for nature lovers and is recommended if you are seeking a cruise holiday that offers the opportunity to experience some of the world’s most naturally beautiful landscapes at close quarters.
Hurtigruten, also sometimes referred to as Norwegian Coastal Express, were first established in the late 1800’s and were initially used by the Norwegian government to help aid correspondence between the remotest parts of Norway’s vast and rugged coastline.
Following a gradual fleet expansion and an increased focus on tourism throughout the last 30 years, Hurtigruten is now the leading operator for voyages along the coast of Norway, Norwegian Fjord cruises and Northern Lights cruises.
Hurtigruten Northern Lights Cruise
Hurtigruten explore Norway like no other cruise line on earth and they are renowned for their trips that go in search of the Northern Lights. They are so confident in their itineraries that they virtually guarantee on specific sailings that you will witness the Aurora Borealis.
The Northern Lights phenomenon is caused by electrically charged solar particles, high in energy, entering the earth’s atmosphere. The light becomes visible once the particles collide with gases in the Earth's atmosphere. This usually occurs in an area around the Arctic Circle and within this area, the Northern Lights may be seen almost every night. Of course, you can see them in other areas, not just in Norway, but Norway does offer some pretty spectacular appearances.
The best time to see them is between 9pm and 2am between the months of October and March, and the best Norwegian counties to spot them are Nordland, Troms and Finnmark.
Hurtigruten Cruise Ships
The Hurtigruten fleet comprises of 13 vessels, each one with its own distinctive character and history. Guests sailing on one of Hurtigruten’s ships can expect a warming environment in which to relax, meet like-minded travellers and take in the natural beauty of the area around them.
Hurtigruten’s vessels are small – ideal for the waters they sail – and are designed in such a way that maximises space and viewing. Each one is perfectly suited for expedition-style voyages and some, MS Fram for example, were actually purpose-built for Explorer voyages.
The onboard accommodations are well-appointed and the public spaces are designed in a way to offer relaxation and warmth – just what you need after a day of exploring some of Norway’s chilly ports.
The décor on each ship is carefully considered, with each of the vessels carrying unique designs courtesy of some of Norway’s most popular artists. At dinner, guests can enjoy regionally-influenced cuisine with menu’s consisting of Norwegian specialities as well as seafood and vegetarian dishes.
Hurtigruten Cruises 2017/2018
We have a large selection of 2017 Hurtigruten voyages available across several vessels. Take in the Arctic Circle and some of Norway’s best ports of call as you go in search of the Northern Lights; head off on the trip-of-a-lifetime as you explore Antarctica and the Drake Passage; or board MS Fram and journey to Spitsbergen and the North Cape. We also have a large range of seasonal excursion packages available on 2017 voyages, please call us for more information.
2018 will see Hurtigruten's ships continue to sail the Norwegian Coast line on a variety of Classic Voyages, as well as offering voyages in Greenland, Antarctica and many more. South America is also a highlight for the 2018 cruise season and we expect these voyages to be incredibly popular.
Book Hurtigruten with The Cruise Line
Founded in 1993, The Cruise Line has established a reputation for offering clients outstanding customer service alongside highly competitive pricing and special offers. We have been an agent for Hurtigruten for many years and we are proud to offer some incredible offers on Hurtigruten voyages to Norway, Greenland, Iceland and Antarctica.
For further details, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677. Alternatively, please select your preferred voyage from the selection below and make an online enquiry. You can also view a selection of our best Hurtigruten deals here.