Hurtigruten Expeditions has announced three new Pole-to-Pole itineraries, two of which will be offered on the world’s most sustainable cruise ships.
The announcement comes off the back of a very successful 2022 season where two Pole to Pole cruises sold out in record time.
The Pole to Pole expedition cruises include destinations such as Alaska, Iceland, Greenland, the Northwest Passage, South America and Antarctica – with crossings such as the Arctic Circle, the Panama Canal and the Drake Passage.
“These itineraries are the ultimate journeys for the true adventurer,” said Hurtigruten Expeditions, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Asia-Pacific, Mr Damian Perry.
Hurtigruten Expeditions Vice President of Expedition, Ms Karin Strand, who is also the godmother of the MS Roald Amundsen said, “Exploring several of the most remote and unique regions of the planet for more than two or three months, some only accessible by small expedition ships like ours, make the guests on these grand journeys true modern explorers.”
The first itinerary is the 94-day adventure onboard the MS Roald Amundsen. The ship departs from Vancouver on August 3, 2023 and will head north along the Alaskan coast to the Arctic Circle before making its way through the Northwest Passage to Baffin Island and Greenland.
From there it turns south along the eastern seaboard of the US where it will enter the warm and colourful lands of Central America. Afterwards, the expedition ship will pass the Panama Canal and enter South America where guests can immerse themselves in a mix of culture and nature. They can visit ancient sites in Ecuador and Peru, and the splendid Chilean fjords and Patagonia before travelling onward to beautiful Antarctica. Prices start from $62,986 per person twin share.
The 66-day expedition on the MS Fram departs on August 30, 2023 starting from $41,985 departing from Cambridge Bay in the Northwest Passage. The MS Fram then ventures eastwards through the Northwest Passage to coastal Greenland, Newfoundland and Labrador before turning south through the Atlantic and travelling through the Panama Canal to the Pacific.
In the little-visited Darien region, guests can visit an indigenous tribe and then explore the remote Isla de la Plata. The expedition then continues down the Pacific coast of South America through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Patagonia before concluding with the Antarctic.
The last of the three Pole-to-Pole itineraries is a 93-day expedition, offered on the MS Fridtjof Nansen. Departing on 13 August 2023 guests will embark from Reykjavik, Iceland. The ship will cross the Denmark Strait to Greenland before traversing the incredible Northwest Passage. Along its way to the Canadian Arctic and Alaska, the ship will dock at sites linked to early exploration history, visit Inuit communities and watch out for Arctic wildlife.
After arriving in Alaska, the world’s greenest cruise ship will turn south and cruise along the western seaboard of the United States where it will explore the national parks of the Pacific coast. It will then change course and head to the warm seas of Mexico and Central America where guests will enjoy unique nature and culture, with opportunities to explore ancient sites in Ecuador, Peru and Chile. The expedition will conclude with an in-depth exploration of Antarctica. Prices start at $62,986 per person twin share.
Each of the expedition teams is larger than ever before, giving guests access to more exploration and activities. The experts have been handpicked for each itinerary.
“Our onboard colleagues’ sharing of passion and 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”, said Hurtigruten Expeditions CEO Ms Asta Lassesen.
Hurtigruten is a world leader in sustainable cruising, with the company including Science Centres on all their ships that are combined with a Science Program that includes scientists on every cruise on every ship. Guests also have the opportunity to participate in Citizen Science research projects.