Hurtigruten Norway is introducing two new premium itineraries for 2023, when the company will celebrate its 130-year anniversary.
Hurtigruten Norway has carried local passengers, goods, and tourists along Norway’s coast since 1893 with the Norwegian Coastal Express. The new itineraries, the Svalbard Express and North Cape Express, will be an upgraded extension to the traditional Coastal Express. The line said they will offer “a significantly different experience”, with half-or full-day port visits, cooking classes, wine, beer, champagne, and whisky tastings, a food centre, a cocktail bar and onboard entertainment.
Dining options will include an à la carte restaurant with tasting menus, all-day dining, afternoon tea, and a takeaway service. The food centre will feature cooking demonstrations and classes, while picnic and culinary excursions will be another first for the company. They ships will continue to bring cargo and freight between ports.
The Svalbard Express launches on June 3, 2023. The full roundtrip journey takes 14 days, and a seven-day one way cruise is also available. It calls at some of the Norwegian coast’s most popular destinations, including the Lofoten Islands, Vesterålen, and the North Cape, before heading north to Longyearbyen in Svalbard.
The first North Cape Express departs on September 26, 2023. The 13-day voyage will mark the first time Hurtigruten Norway has offered regular sailings in Oslo, and it also includes new ports in southern Norway and scenic cruising through Hardangerfjord.
Both itineraries are now on sale and will be on MS Trollfjord, which will undergo a refurbishment during the first half of 2023.
Hedda Felin, CEO of Hurtigruten Norway, said: “For almost 130 years, we have been carrying travellers on what is often referred to as ‘the most beautiful voyage in the world’. With the Svalbard Express and North Cape Express, we will offer an experience similar to the likes of the Orient Express, combining a premium onboard experience with beautiful scenery, exceptional excursions, and some of the best food on any sea.”
As part of the “largest environmental upgrade in Hurtigruten’s history”, Hurtigruten Norway has started upgrading its ships to slash CO2 emissions by 25 per cent and NOx emissions by up to 80 per cent.