August 27, 2019 - The Norway specialist Hurtigruten regularly offers expedition sea voyages along the Norwegian coast in the 2021/2022 season. Some of the trips start in Hamburg. The ships call at “handpicked” destinations in Norway. The traditional mail voyages to 34 Norwegian ports remain in the program. The expedition voyages are now available in the travel agencies.
The Hurtigruten CEO, Daniel Skjeldam, can be quoted as follows: “We have been sailing the waters off the coast of Norway since the 18th century. At that time, Hurtigruten captains made some of the first shipping maps of the then unknown waters. ... This is our home and we use our incomparable knowledge of the nature and culture of Norway to offer our guests the unique opportunity to get to know our homeland better from the seaside".
The new program applies to the 2021/2022 season. The routes offer longer stays in the following selected ports: Lofoten (Reine & Å), Vesterålen, Senja, Lyngen Alps, Havnnes, Træna, Alta, Fjærland, Narvik and Stavanger. In order to create the best possible travel experience, these destinations are combined with well-known Hurtigruten ports, depending on the season and port of embarkation.
The trips will be with the current ships Trollfjord, Finnmarken and Midnatsol carried out. These ships will be converted into premium hybrid expedition ships beforehand; and they get new names. They are:
to Roald Amundsen's legendary ship Maud
MS Otto Sverdrup
Norwegian explorer and one of the first Hurtigruten captains
MS Eirik Raude
Discoverer and namesake of Greenland.
MS Midnatsol - still with exhaust plume
The upgrading of the ships also includes the "Science Center" characteristic of Hurtigruten. They are equipped with the latest technology and scientific equipment.
The traditional Hurtigruten postal boat trips will continue to be offered. The shipping company emphasizes that Hurtigruten is using ships on the Norwegian coast that have recently received significant, emission-reducing upgrades or that will soon go through Hurtigruten's “sustainable” transformation program.