Hurtigruten Expeditions is all set for 2023/2024 to be its most extensive and explorative year yet, with small-ship expedition cruises across five continents and over 150 itineraries lined up.
Highlight itineraries include all-year round sailing in the Galapagos Islands, 66 and 94-day pole-to-pole blockbuster itineraries, 34 Antarctica departures, locally-informed Norwegian sailings and so much more.
Asta Lassesen, Hurtigruten Expeditions CEO says: “We are thrilled to offer the greatest ever selection of adventure travel opportunities covering some of the most extraordinary areas of our planet.
“This broad offering of unique small-ship expedition cruises is perfect for modern adventure travellers looking for one-of-a-kind experiences while exploring with authenticity, learning and sustainability at the core.”
All cruises place an emphasis on true expeditioning, with the size of expert teams set to increase even further for the 2023/2024 season, as well as expanding of expedition equipment meaning more opportunities for activities like small-boat exploration, kayaking, hiking, science projects and plenty more.
Ms Lassesen says: “Great will get even better. Sharing passion, knowledge and expertise of the areas we explore is the core of the Hurtigruten Expeditions experience.
“Bigger expedition teams mean more of everything – more experts, more knowledge, more activities and more options for our guests.”
Hurtigruten has been making plenty of positive moves lately, including partnering with the Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania to support Antarctica research over the next 10 years.
Hurtigruten’s Chief Scientist Dr Verena Meraldi said there’s already plenty of the agenda for the upcoming season.
“We’re scheduled to have marine mammal observers on board during our 2022-23 Antarctic season as a follow-up of the project we supported during the 2019-20 season.
“Plus, we will welcome two researchers on three departures of MS Fridtjof Nansen who will be studying the impact of citizen science participation on our guests’ travel experiences and attitude towards Antarctica.”
Terry Bailey, executive dean of Tasmania University’s College of Sciences and Engineering says he sees the arrangement as mutually beneficial.
“Not only does our partnership with Hurtigruten provide much needed funding for ongoing research, but it also offers Hurtigruten’s guests a unique insight into the challenges facing the region.”
Hurtigruten also revealed its plan to have its first emissions free ship by 2030, aiming to be a leader in sustainable travel.