Hurtigruten Norway ships to restart this summer
All seven ships will resume service in July
Hurtigruten will resume its famous Norwegian coastal voyages this July following more than 18 months of limited operations.
Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express will operate all seven ships on the legendary sailings between Bergen and Kirkenes.
The company has reported that booking levels are 50% higher than before the pandemic with particularly strong demand for 2022 small-ship experiences.
Hurtigruten Group CEO Daniel Skjeldam said: “The global travel industry has been hit hard by the pandemic. With the safety and well-being of our guests and crew as our number one priority, we are now entering a new phase of our step-by-step return to operations.”
He added: “As vaccines are being rolled out and travel restrictions are lifted, we are seeing a huge pent-up demand and strong booking trends across all markets. When international travel resumes, we will be ready to welcome our guests on board again.”
In operation since 1893, the Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express has served as a lifeline for local communities for generations, including throughout the pandemic.
This summer, Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express will be the only company to offer voyages along the Norwegian coast, hosting local travellers, goods, mail and international tourists.
Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express CEO Hedda Felin is keen to welcome international travellers on board when restrictions lift.
“We were born and raised to connect the coastal communities and their people with the world”, she said.
“This summer, we will have the fjords almost to ourselves. And there is no better way to experience the Norwegian coast than with our small ships, close partners and our almost 130 years of local know-how.”
It was recently announced that the entire fleet of Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express ships are being given a large-scale green upgrade by 2023 to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 25% and slash NOx emissions by 80%.
“The world’s most beautiful voyage just got even better,” said Felin.
“We are laying the foundation for introducing new and even more efficient environmental solutions as they are developed.”