Hurtigruten launches new pole-to-pole expedition cruises

Hurtigruten launches new pole-to-pole expedition cruises

Hurtigruten Expeditions has added three pole-to-pole cruises to its 2023 programme.

Departing in August 2023, the voyages feature 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 are undoubtedly the most unique and exclusive expedition cruises we have ever offered in our 126-year history, and we believe these are the ultimate expedition cruise experiences. These extraordinary voyages will showcase some of the most spectacular nature and wildlife on our planet and offer authentic encounters with unique cultures,” said Hurtigruten Expeditions CEO Asta Lassesen.

Last year, Hurtigruten Expeditions announced two Pole-to-Pole cruises for autumn 2022, which have now sold out.

Two of the pole-to-pole itineraries are offered by the small-sized battery-hybrids MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, hyped as the “world’s most sustainable cruise ships”.

The third expedition is offered by the upgraded MS Fram.

The 94-day voyage on MS Roald Amundsen will cover 11 countries and depart Vancouver on August 3, 2023, ending in Ushuaia, Argentina.

MS Fridtjof Nansen will depart Iceland on August 13, 2023, on a 93-day sailing, also ending in Ushuaia.

The small-sized MS Fram will make a 66-day voyage in late-August 2023 from Montréal, Canada to Antarctica, via the Northwest Passage and South America.  Highlights include a visit to an indigenous tribe in the little-visited Darien region.

Hurtigruten Expeditions is also offering a new series of month-long voyages, combining several of the company’s most iconic itineraries.

Guests can extend their holiday by adding Hurtigruten Expeditions’ pre- and post-offerings to the Grand Expedition Cruises, including visits to one-of-a-kind destinations such as Easter Island or Machu Picchu.

“Exploring several of the most remote and unique regions of the planet for anywhere from one to three months, some only accessible by small expedition ships like ours, make the guests on these Grand Expedition Cruises true modern explorers,” said Hurtigruten Expeditions VP of expedition, Karin Strand – who is also the godmother of MS Roald Amundsen.



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