HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

Hurtigruten Expeditions becomes HX, bringing the company into a more globalised future as the world's most sustainable expedition brand. Since 1896 we have been experts in expedition, embodying the spirit of exploration, sailing in the wake of giants. 

In 1896 we set out on a journey of exploration from our homeland in Norway. Driven by a passion to discover what lies beyond the horizon, we sailed in the wake of the pioneering seafarers who were redrawing the boundaries of our world.

Today, we’re leaders in expedition cruising, taking you to those places that lure the curious traveller. Whether it’s spotting polar bears in the pristine landscapes of the Arctic, watching marine iguanas bask on the Galápagos Islands, or getting up close to Antarctica's penguins in our stylish, purpose-built expedition ships, an HX expedition brings you closer to a world of wonder.

With onboard lectures and science centres, your expedition team will illuminate your mind with talks about history, culture, science and art, ensuring you return home with a deep understanding and love of the places you explore.

Our mission is to be the world’s most-sustainable expedition company. In 2023 we were awarded “Best ESG Ranking of a Cruise Company” by Morningstar Sustainalytics. We've led the industry by being the first to eliminate single-use plastics and heavy fuel oils, and our hybrid-powered cruise ships were a world first. 

Join us as we continue our journey to change the way you see the world. 

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Taking Sustainability Seriously

Exploring our blue planet for more than a century has taught us the importance of being green.

Meaningful Change

As a result, we are now supporting 41 environmental, cultural and social projects in 11 different countries. These range from helping endangered orcas in the Pacific Northwest and protecting Galápagos seabirds, to securing safe spaces for vulnerable Greenlandic children and enabling community storytelling for the Itquamavit elders in Canada’s frozen north. We hope that the ripples we create today will one day turn into the waves of the future.

With the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as our compass, our cruises to the planet’s most stunning corners are where explorers can truly feel at home.

After all, it’s not about us, it’s about all of us.

Saying Goodbye to Plastic

We announced our war on plastics in 2018 when we were the first expedition company to ban non-essential single-use plastic throughout our entire operation. That means you won’t find items like plastic cups, plastic straws or plastic cutlery on board our ships. You also won’t see our shops selling microplastic-made fleeces but stocking natural wool clothing instead.

Absent too are plastic water bottles. We provide all our guests on an expedition cruise with a complimentary high-quality reusable bottle for use at water refill stations dotted around the ship. This simple act saves at least 1,000 plastic bottles a day on some of our larger ships.

Inspiring Environmental Ambassadors

Witnessing the beauty of our planet is sure to leave a lasting impression on you, and you’ll talk enthusiastically about these stunning destinations with friends and family for decades to come. To make sure you can speak informatively when you return home, every one of our expedition cruises has a focus on the environment.

The Expedition Team give lectures that raise awareness of climate change, ocean plastic, and the measures we can all take to help ease these issues. It is our hope that engaging with nature on our expedition cruises will inspire you to do all you can to cherish and protect the precious world we all share.

Connecting With Communities

We are dedicated to supporting the local communities we visit, and to creating beneficial ripple effects that continue long after we’ve left. By trading locally and sourcing services such as food produce and excursions from local suppliers, we contribute to the livelihood and welfare of people.

We strive not only to connect with these communities, but to share genuine friendship with them while always respecting their values and customs. As guests in their home, our emphasis is on appreciating their unique culture and ensuring our interactions are positive and upbuilding for all. You can therefore enjoy authentic experiences knowing your visit is doing good, both for you and for them.

A Footprint We’re Proud Of

You’ll likely encounter a range of wildlife during your expedition, doing so from a safe distance. We’ll be sure to never get too close to them, out of respect for their welfare as much as yours. By not disturbing wildlife with our presence, you’ll be able to observe their natural behaviour, in their natural habitat. We want to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures! In fact, in many of the areas we visit in Antarctica, we even specifically wipe out our footprints so as to prevent penguins tripping and falling into them.

Working Together As One

Sustainability isn’t something we can do alone. Everyone in our industry needs to work together for a greener future. We are therefore founding members of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). These trade member organisations work to establish sustainable tourism in polar regions, fighting mass tourism by limiting ships and shore visits, and creating guidelines that protect fragile environments and rare wildlife.

We’ve also committed ourselves to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. These guiding principles will take us steps ahead of current regulations to offer you greener and more sustainable expedition cruises on and for the planet.

Serving Planet-Friendly Plant-Based Food

We offer full menus of delicious plant-based dishes that will impress even those yet to be convinced by this way of eating. These meals not only have low or even zero CO2 footprints, they also promote healthier living and prove conclusively that vegan and vegetarian cuisine can still taste great. We’ve also put in place food management waste programmes on all our ships, aiming to reduce food waste by at least 30%.

Investing in Green Tech

Building our two new hybrid-powered expedition ships, MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, represents the biggest investment in our almost 130 years of history. They are packed with ground-breaking green technology, such as battery packs, heat recovery systems, and a cutting-edge hull design. These innovations combined reduce carbon emissions by more than 20 %, compared to other cruise ships of the same size.

Hurtigruten stopped using heavy fuel oil more than a decade ago and campaign for its worldwide ban. To set a new standard, we are also considering a range of new, green fuel options, including biofuels made from organic waste.

Doing Your Part

There are a range of simple things you can get involved in during your cruise to do your bit. Help out on a beach clean-up where the refuse we collect is brought back onto the ship to be recycled. Citizen Science projects get you to observe our natural world closely and contribute to current research.

Even hanging a tag on your cabin door to say your towels and bed sheets don’t need changing can save energy and water. You also have the option to donate to the Hurtigruten Foundation which funds projects around the world.

We are setting a new, more sustainable standard for expedition cruising. You can be sure we will continue with our commitment to sustainability; leading the way with green tech, protecting our planet, supporting local communities, and inspiring more to action.

With the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as our compass, our cruises to the planet’s most stunning corners are where explorers can truly feel at home.

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Reasons to Book

For the discerning explorer at sea

Our fleet of expedition ships have been designed to give you the very best expedition experience, allowing you to delve into exploration and discovery, and enjoy the premium relaxation and wellness options on board.

Cleaner and greener

Hurtigruten Expedition’s ultimate goal is to operate our ships completely emissions-free. We stopped using heavy fuel oil over a decade ago. We were the first major travel company to remove single-use plastic from all our ships.

A passion for science

The Science Center lies at the core of many of our expedition ships. Featuring high-tech equipment, a library and interactive computer screens, this is where your Expedition Team share their deep knowledge of nature.

Exploration heritage

All our ships are named after legends of the Golden Age of polar exploration. This is no coincidence. Hurtigruten Expeditions traces its roots back to great polar heroes and has pioneered some of the most spectacular expeditions in human history.

Members Club

A loyalty programme and community for all travel enthusiasts!

As a member of 1893 Ambassador, we bring you exclusive offers, benefits, discounts, and newsletters packed with inspiring articles on faraway destinations. 1893 Ambassador is open for all travel enthusiasts regardless of if you have traveled with us or not and membership of course free of charge. As a member you'll get access to discounts and benefits from Hurtigruten Expeditions.

Level 1 - Your benefits with us

Level 1 is for all you travel enthusiasts out there. You can start taking advantage of your Level 1 membership from the moment you receive your membership number.

  • Welcome basket in the cabin upon arrival - This is our way of saying “Welcome back”, “Happy travels”, and “Thanks for choosing to travel again with Hurtigruten Expeditions” to venture into new waters and experience new adventures.
  • 5% discount on excursions (booked pre-travel or on board) - Get more out of your trip by taking part in educational excursions that’ll get you on the move. Our varied and exciting excursion program on the Norwegian Coastal Express is tailored to different levels of activity, destinations, weather, surroundings history, and other factors. This discount is applicable to all new excursion bookings from 16th March 2023, made pre-travel or on board (subject to availability). Book online or via our contact centre pre-travel.
  • Save 10% on all Bracenet products - Save 10% on all Bracenet products. Please use code 189310 at the top of the Checkout page.
  • Save 10% on all CEWE photo products - Save your memories in a personal and unique way with premium quality photo products. As a level 1 member please use this voucher code to cash in on your 10% membership benefit: HRGAMB1893L01
  • 10% discount at the Helly Hansen online shop - Professional apparel for tough climates. Take inspiration from our expedition guides and outdoor enthusiasts around the world: Dress in comfortable, high-quality clothing that will keep you warm throughout your trip.
  • 10% discount at our "Longyear78" shop in Longyearbyen - In “Longyear78”, you’ll find everything you need to get around in the Svalbard wilderness. The discount does not apply to weapons, electronics, sunglasses, or discounted products.
  • 10% discount at selected Longyearbyen - The discount applies to food in our restaurant Nansen and Coal Miners’ Bar & Grill in Longyearbyen. Welcome!
  • Save 10% on all Waterhaul products - Save 10% on all Waterhaul products. Please use code Hurtigruten10 in the discount code box on the Information page when checking out.
  • 15% on all Nordic Choice Hotels in the Nordic and Baltics - Sleep well when you're travelling! Enjoy a weekend or vacation at the best and most innovative hotel chain in the Nordic countries. Enjoy an organic breakfast, drink piping-hot fresh Fairtrade coffee and have pleasant dreams of new adventures. Only applicable to bookings made direct with Nordic Choice Hotels
  • Save 20% on all Lofoten Seaweed Salts - Enjoy 20% off their best-selling range of seaweed salts. Organic, hand-harvested kelp from Lofoten blended with high-quality Norwegian sea salt.

Level 2 - More Benefits For You

To become a Level 2 member, travel with us for three or more consecutive nights and 24hrs post travel, your membership will be automatically upgraded to Level 2. If you already meet this criteria when you sign up, you’ll start your membership at Level 2.

  • Welcome basket in the cabin upon arrival - This is our way of saying “Welcome back”, “Happy travels”, and “Thanks for choosing to travel again with Hurtigruten Expeditions” to venture into new waters and experience new adventures.
  • 5% discount on all Expedition Cruises - Pay less and experience more! This discount applies to everyone included in your cabin, and on all our Expedition Cruises.
  • 5% discount on excursions (booked pre-travel or on board) - Get more out of your trip by taking part in educational excursions that’ll get you on the move. Our varied and exciting excursion program on the Norwegian Coastal Express is tailored to different levels of activity, destinations, weather, surroundings history, and other factors. This discount is applicable to all new excursion bookings from 16th March 2023, made pre-travel or on board (subject to availability). Book online or via our contact centre pre-travel.
  • 5% discount on Hurtigruten Svalbard hotels and activities - Experience wonderful Svalbard all year round! This discount applies to hotel stays inclusive of breakfast and activities. This discount applies to bookings made directly with Hurtigruten Svalbard via telephone (+47 79 02 61 00) or email (info@hurtigrutensvalbard.com) only.
  • Save 12% on all Bracenet products - Save 12% on all Bracenet products. Please use code 189312 at the top of the Checkout page.
  • Save 15% on all CEWE photo products - Save your memories in a personal and unique way with premium quality photo products. As a level 2 member please use this voucher code to cash in on your 15% membership benefit: HRGAMB1893L02
  • Save 15% on all Nordic Choice Hotels in the Nordic and Baltics - Sleep well when you're travelling! Enjoy a weekend or vacation at the best and most innovative hotel chain in the Nordic countries. Enjoy an organic breakfast, drink piping-hot fresh Fairtrade coffee and have pleasant dreams of new adventures. Only applicable to bookings made direct with Nordic Choice Hotels
  • 15% discount at our “Longyear78” shop in Longyearbyen - In “Longyear78”, you’ll find everything you need to get around in the Svalbard wilderness. The discount does not apply to weapons, electronics, sunglasses, or discounted products.
  • 15% discount at selected restaurants in Longyearbyen - The discount applies to food in our restaurant Nansen, and Coal Miners’ Bar & Grill in Longyearbyen. Welcome!
  • 20% discount at the Helly Hansen online shop - Professional apparel for tough climates. Take inspiration from our expedition guides and outdoor enthusiasts around the world: Dress in comfortable, high-quality clothing that will keep you warm throughout your trip.
  • 20% discount on souvenirs at the Kon Tiki Museum - As an ambassador at Level 2, you'll receive a 20% discount on the purchase of souvenirs at the Kon-Tiki Museum Store.
  • Save 20% on all Lofoten Seaweed Salts - Enjoy 20% off their best-selling range of seaweed salts. Organic, hand-harvested kelp from Lofoten blended with high-quality Norwegian sea salt.
  • Save 20% on all Waterhaul products - Save 20% on all Waterhaul products. Please use code Hurtigruten20 in the discount code box on the Information page when checking out.
  • 50% admission discount at the Kon Tiki Museum - As a Level 2 Ambassador member, you'll enjoy a 50% discount on entry to the Kon Tiki Museum.