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Exhibitors in Focus: Hurtigruten

How did your company start out?

When the Norwegian government decided to create a connection between the north and the south, Richard With and his friend Anders Holthe took on the challenge of thoroughly mapping the seas along the coastline. In 1893, Captain Richard With’s steamer, DS Vesteraalen, was brought into regular service along the coast of Norway, and Hurtigruten was established. The service offered several weekly departures, first from Trondheim to Hammerfest and later from Bergen to Kirkenes in only seven days. He called this important connection ‘Hurtigruten’ (the fast route).

What tours do you offer?

Hurtigruten sail along the Norwegian coast visiting 34 ports and communities. Whether you want  to travel on our 12-day classic round voyage throughout the year, go hunting for the Northern lights on our flight inclusive tours in winter or just travel to a few ports along the coast, we can offer you a piece of the ‘real’ Norway. We also travel further afield to the remote coastlines of Spitsbergen, Greenland, Iceland and Antarctica.  

What makes your company unique?

On every voyage our captains and crew’s expert local knowledge provide a real experience on different kind of cruise. From natural phenomena to amazing activities, Hurtigruten offer you countless unique ways to experience Norway’s nature and culture. Why not watch the Northern Lights from beneath a woollen blanket on a reindeer sleigh ride? Or become a true polar explorer and spend the night in a tent in Antarctica with penguins and seals?

Every Hurtigruten experience is as memorable as can be, because every journey is as authentic and different as we and Mother Nature can make it.

What new countries and itineraries will you be offering in 2015?

The new 8-day Arctic Explorer voyage makes as much as possible of the Hurtigruten route within the Arctic Circle and is a great opportunity to hunt for the Northern Lights. With direct flights from the UK to Bodø you sail north to Kirkenes and back to Svolvær. After enjoying two nights in the charming town including an excursion to explore the area’s Viking heritage, you take the fast ferry back to Bodø before flying home. 

Recommend an incredible place to stay.
The Snow Hotel in Kirkenes.

Spend a night in the Kirkenes Snow Hotel. The structure is built entirely from snow and ice each year and has spacious, illuminated snow suites decorated with snow sculptures and an Arctic snow bar for celebrations and cool drinks.


Meet the team at Hurtigruten at Destinations London on stand number CR31.