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Hurtigruten

3.5 Average
68%
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This operator is an Active Member in good standing in the United States Tour Operator Association and part of the $1 million traveler insurance program
# of trips 16 Trips
Type Regional Expert
Service Level Standard
Trip prices $ 880 - $ 9,684
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Hurtigruten Reviews & Ratings

67.8571% Recommend
3.5 Average
Excellent
15
Great
3
Average
0
Disappointing
1
Terrible
9
Value
3.5
Guide
3.4
Activities
3.5
Lodging
3.4
Transportation
3.5
Meals
3.5
Carla
·
2020-03-15
5.0
Its the best sea voyage we've ever made!
Its the best sea voyage we've ever made! We're looking forward to go again, hopefully the virus will be gone by then.
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Gloria
·
2019-10-31
5.0
Recommended 100 %
Recommended 100 %. The Deal, the people, excursions
Ashima
·
2019-07-03
5.0
absolutely recommend the Hurtigruten
I, Ashima Preeti Jain , absolutely recommend the Hurtigruten for more reasons than one. Well planned architecture, thrilling n breathtakingly beautiful expeditions n the warmest , most hospitable crew to pamper n indulge you.
I hv just come back with such fond memories travelling Midnatsol this summer that I plan to go back for polar lights this winter aboard Hurtigruten.
Also, I wd love to travel their new fusion hybrid vessel some time....first ever E vessel.
So, guys go for it!!
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Vijaya
·
2019-06-17
5.0
Very well planned activities for all age groups
Excellent cruise packages and itenary. Very well planned activities for all age groups
Esme
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2019-04-06
5.0
We had a wonderful cruise
We had a wonderful cruise in early March 2019 - do not hesitate - Hurtigruten is the best!
Miriam
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2019-04-06
5.0
Great organization
Great organization, kind and competent crew and the only way to see the coast really up close and enter the tight fjords
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Editorial review of Hurtigruten

Once known as "Norwegian Coastal Voyage" in the U.S., Hurtigruten adopted its traditional Norwegian name a few years ago, and remains, in many minds, "The World's Most Beautiful Voyage."

What Makes Them Stand Out?

They operate cruises to lesser known locations and focus on providing unique nature experiences and excursions. They’ve been a leader in constantly improving how they treat the landscape and try to maintain as little harmful impact as possible.

Who Travels With Them?

Hurtigruten’s cruises are perfect for adventurous travelers looking to “connect with your inner explorer.” Excursions tend to be very active, and do take place in harsher environments - it will most likely be cold! And while you certainly won’t be roughing it, the Hurtigruten ships aren't the newest vessels on the seas, nor are they equipped with large numbers of amenities. But the scenery and experiences are hard to beat.

Where Do They Operate?

The 11 Hurtigruten ships ply the Norwegian coast from Bergen to Kirkenes, near the Russian border, making the round trip in just under two weeks (but many passengers choose to go just one way). They also run voyages to Spitsbergen (a far northern Norwegian island also known as Svalbard) and other Arctic locations, as well as Antarctica.

Why Travel With Them?

For spectacular views, and incredibly unique experiences ashore. You'll stop in some fascinating cities and fishing villages; sail down gorgeous fjords and view snow-capped mountains; cross the Arctic Circle; pay a visit to the Top of Europe (the northernmost point on the Continent); and watch as the ships unload supplies for the locals at each stop -- the Hurtigruten is both cruise passenger and cargo ship.

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From Hurtigruten

The coastline between Bergen and Kirkenes is over 1,490 miles 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. This important seaway was lined with perilous reefs, small islands and narrow inlets, and it was essential that a safe trade route be established to link the southern and northern regions of Norway.

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. The service offered several weekly departures, first from Trondheim to Hammerfest and later from Bergen to Kirkenes in only seven days. He called this important connection ‘Hurtigruten’ (the fast route).

120 years later, we still carry freight and passengers. Our 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.

Hurtigruten's Ships

Hurtigruten ships have been a staple along the Norwegian coast since 1893. The current fleet consists of classic ships, ships built in the late nineties, and ships built after the millennium.

MS Fram:

Many boast of their “ultimate” expedition ships. But none, save the MS Fram, contains two critical features which deliver adventure in a more safe and comfortable way. MS Fram is a purpose-build expedition ship built especially for comfortable Explorer voyages, with emphasis on relaxation and discovery.

MS Fram was built in 2007 with one mission in mind - to bring her guests closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. As well as offering numerous lounges in which to relax, our more active guests can use our well-equipped gym. Meanwhile, on deck, our Jacuzzis guarantee you surreal memories when passing the towering icebergs of Antarctica or Greenland.

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