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Hurtigruten Introduces Expedition Team And Increases Coastal Voyage Excursions

With more than 100 unique excursions on offer, Hurtigruten invites guests to become fully immersed in the world’s most beautiful coastline.

From 2018, adventure travellers can expect the unexpected with Hurtigruten delight guests with:

  • Record number of authentic local excursions covering wide-ranging topics from nature-based to urban exploration, or energetic hikes to gentle strolls
  • Professional expedition teams on nine out of eleven coastal ships
  • Specially designed Young Explorer activity programmes on selected ships and sailings

Customised coastal expeditions

The coastal expedition excursions suit all ages and activity preferences, and range from, the popular midnight concert in the Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø, to exploring the mountains outside Kristiansund by dogsledding with Alaskan huskies; or in the very northernmost part of Norway in deep winter, seek out the Northern Lights during a snowmobile safari between the ports of Mehamn to Kjøllefjord.

Among the other excursions highlighted on Hurtigruten’s daily sailings from Bergen to Kirkenes, are:

  • Catch, prepare and eat king crabs
  • Discover Norway’s second largest glacier up close and personal
  • Exploring the world’s most powerful tidal current on an exciting RIB-boat safari

Expedition hosts of the coast

The on-board experts in the expedition teams, available on nine out of eleven ships, share their first-hand knowledge about wildlife, natural phenomena, history and landscapes – and pursue adventurous detours when opportunities arise. They have one single mission: To enhance the guests’ experiences by leading activities and interpreting the cultural and natural treasures encountered.

The teams offer on board and on shore excursions and activities such as lectures and presentations; gatherings and story-telling; historical plays; guided tours; and voluntary environmental activities such as beach clean-ups.

Youthful exploration

To give a sense of what it is to be a real explorer, children aged 7-13 can take part in Hurtigruten’s Young Explorer programme.

Young explorers can experience daily on-board activities that provides a deeper understanding of nature, climate and culture, and to be introduced to topics related to wildlife; hiking; local food; and famous explorers – of course including Norwegian polar legends such as Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen.

Environmental responsibility in theory and practice is a central part of the programme that encompasses both lectures and activities such as beach clean-ups.

Launched in April, the Young Explorer programme is available all year-around on MS Finnmarken. Prior to this, the programme was offered on selected ships and sailings.

Tastes of the coast

Hurtigruten takes full culinary and environmental advantage of sailing through one of the world’s cleanest and most generous “pantries”. Guests are served seafood caught in the waters in which the Hurtigruten ships sail, and ingredients produced by local suppliers who line the coast. This combines the environmental benefit of low food miles with the freshness of locally sourced ingredients.

For more information on voyages with Hurtigruten, please contact one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.