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Hurtigruten Unveils Destinations For Its 2018 Explorer Programme

Hurtigruten has released details of its 2018 cruise programme, including an expansion of its Antarctica programme, spearheaded by the new hybrid vessel “Roald Amundsen”.

As world leaders in adventure travel in the waters surrounding the Antarctic continent, the Norwegian company continues to highlight the importance of balancing growth in adventure tourism with environmental concerns.

By adding to their offer of responsible Antarctica experiences, Hurtigruten consolidates their position as the world’s largest, most innovative and experienced provider of expedition sailing.

Hurtigruten will offer tailored experiences that extend from exploratory sailings with “Midnatsol”, to nature-immersive expedition sailings for the limited number of guests that “Fram” carries.

The new hybrid ship under construction, “Roald Amundsen”, will combine the breath-taking fjords of Chile, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica.

All Hurtigruten’s Antarctica expeditions departing from South-America offer optional on-land experiences such as the Manuel Antonio National Park (Costa Rica), Machu Picchu (Peru), biking excursion through Santiago de Chile, the Atacama Desert, Patagonia and the Iguazu Falls (Argentina).

Ground-breaking new destinations

The new Hurtigruten programme also includes a large number of new itineraries and destinations – ranging from exotic jungles to frozen landscapes.

Expedition vessel “Fram” will lead expedition sailings in the Caribbean Sea and along the Atlantic coast of the US. The expedition destinations are spread across eight countries along the coast of Central-America and includes landings at ports; San Blas Islands, Fort San Lorenzo, Boscas del Toro, Puerto Limón, Corn Islands, Isla de Providencia, Cayos Cochinos and Lighthouse Reef.

Hurtigruten’s highly skilled and experienced expedition teams will accompany guests on all excursions.

For the eastern coast of the US, Hurtigruten’s itineraries will include landings in cities such as New York and Boston.

Frozen North American adventures

Between 1898 and 1902, polar explorer and one of Hurtigruten’s first captains, Otto Neumann Knoph Sverdrup, covered more terrain with the original “Fram” in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago than any other scientific expedition.

For the northern summer season, the “Fram” will once again embark on this sailing taking modern adventurer’s on expedition to Arctic Canada.

“Spitsbergen” on home ground

Hurtigruten’s newest expedition ships, “Spitsbergen” will offer explorer-style circumnavigations of the island she is named after.

Cooperating with adventurous profiles

In addition to the new routes, Hurtigruten has partnered with several adventure influencers to plant a flag of their choice in one of the Hurtigruten destinations they are passionate about.

The exploration and sustainability ambassadors include:

  • David Lindo (UK): Broadcaster, writer and photographer. Planting his flag in the Amazon Rainforest.
  • Tim Kemple (US): Photographer and filmmaker. Planting his flag in Greenland.
  • Pete McBride (US): Photographer and filmmaker. Planting his flag in Greenland.
  • Johanna Davidsson (SE): Expeditioner. Planting her flag on the South Pole.
  • Cecilie Skog (NO): Expeditioner, mountaineer and writer. Planting her flag in Canada.
  • Alexander Gamme (NO): Expeditioner, skydiver, safari guide and writer. Planting his flag in Canada.

Currently, Hurtigruten offers Arctic voyages to Greenland; Iceland; around Spitsbergen; and from 2017 to Arctic Canada. In the southern hemisphere, Hurtigruten takes guests to the waters around Antarctica; along both coasts of South America; and from 2017, to the mighty Amazon rainforest.

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