16.10.2020 - Hurtigruten sees strong demand in all markets and destinations for the second half of 2021 and beyond. The company expects expedition cruises to grow in popularity following COVID-19. With the establishment of a separate unit for expedition cruises, Hurtigruten is adapting to the changed situation.
Hurtigruten is planning two business areas for the future: the traditional mail voyage along the Norwegian coast and the business with expedition cruises. The fleet of 15 ships is shared. Eight ships operate expedition cruises; seven ships are used for mail voyages. Hurtigruten recently approved travel for the 2022/2023 season. The trips concern, among other things, the crossing of the Northwest Passage and expedition cruises around Spitsbergen. The company is experiencing strong global demand.
Hurtigruten ship Richard With in the Geirangerfjord
Hurtigruten ships are already sailing to more than 250 destinations worldwide. These include the Northwest Passage, Greenland, Norway and Svalbard, the British Isles, the Caribbean, South America and the Antarctic. The company intends to further strengthen Hurtigruten's leading position in the expedition cruise sector. Ms. Asta Lassesen will lead the expedition cruises area in the future.
Starting in 2021, Hurtigruten will be offering several new travel routes. This includes a full Alaska season as well as year-round departures from Great Britain and Germany. From Hamburg, guests on the Norway expeditions experience the northern lights and the midnight sun.
On the traditional post ship voyage between Bergen and Kirkenes on the Russian border nothing changes. Seven ships regularly visit and deliver to 34 communities on the Norwegian coast. Cruise guests are welcome on these trips.