Hurtigruten was established in 1893 and has been a part of Norwegian way of life for more than 120 years. The line was started when a trade route was opened up between the southern and northern regions of Norway. In the beginning the line offered several weekly departures from first Trondheim to Hammerfest the Bergen to Kirkenes in just 7 days, earning the service the name ‘Hurtigruten’, meaning ‘fast route’.
These days the service still carries freight and passengers and provides guests with an unrivalled blend of local encounters and spectacular scenery along Norway’s beautiful coast.
The current fleet consists of classic ships, ships built in the late nineties and ships from this century. On board the emphasis is on relaxation and getting away from the commercial entertainment that can be such a focus on contemporary cruises; the aim is to get closer to the unique environments that you are sailing through and to be able to share the experiences with fellow passengers.
These experiences vary wildly at different times of year; discover Norway in the winter and watch the Northern Lights, enjoy the freshness of spring, the permanent daylight of the Midnight Sun during summer and the tranquil harmony of autumn.
The fact that Hurtigruten have more than a century of maritime experience and are the experts in voyages to see the Northern Lights or the Midnight Sun as their fleet of ships ply the coast of Norway. Their exploration vessel, MS Fram, also offers soft adventure cruises to Spitsbergen, Greenland, Iceland and Antarctica
People who want to see the hidden harbours and fjords of the coast of Norway that are inaccessible by road. Comfortable ships with spacious lounges and viewing area offer panoramic views of the Norwegian countryside. Great for those who wish to see the Northern Lights or experience the Midnight Sun without the trouble of travelling by land to cross the Arctic Circle.