The Hurtigruten freight and passenger ships are a source of enormous pride for most Norwegians.
The ships have been carrying local passengers, visitors and cargo between cities, towns and hamlets since 1893. Today, the Hurtigruten ships mostly sail along Norway's western and northern coast between Bergen and Kirkenes – sometimes described as “the world's most beautiful sea voyage”.
From 2017, however, a few of the ships will embark on journeys in other exotic parts of the world as well.
One of the new expeditions will go to the Amazon rainforest, starting in Manaus, Brazil.
“Sailing down the immense river, guests can experience and learn more about the unique nature and wildlife from the expedition vessel itself and canoes and by hikes onshore,” states Hurtigruten in a press release.
In total, Hurtigruten added 23 new expedition voyages to its programme for 2017/18, and now offer more than 200 ports of call in 18 countries worldwide.
Other highlights include a journey along the Panama canal and the chance to explore Kangertittivaq in Greenland (also know as Scoresby Sund), the longest fjord in the world, extending 350 kilometers into the vast island.
Four new voyages will incorporate Newfoundland & Labrador with highlights including the provincial capital of St John’s, Baffin Bay & Torngat Mountains National Park, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, Red Bay and Battle Harbour.
“We want to offer our guests unique and meaningful experiences regardless of the water temperature. Hurtigruten let people follow the tracks of the Vikings, Amundsen and Nansen, and Thor Heyerdahl” says Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.
“People no longer want to spend their vacations being passive spectators. Therefore Hurtigruten offers active and educational voyages. The many unique excursions and lectures give guests genuinely close encounters with the nature and culture of the destinations”.