Why book with Hurtigruten Expeditions

It’s been almost 130 years since we pioneered the concept of expedition cruising. With a focus on sustainable cruising, we continue to explore the planet, visiting some of the world’s most beautiful and pristine regions. A focus on exploration and learning means our customers get the opportunity to broaden their horizons in more ways than one! When you travel with Hurtigruten Expeditions, you’ll learn to Expect the unexpected, have access to expert expedition teams and lectures, partake in science programs onboard, have unique wildlife experiences and the opportunity to explore some of the most remote and untouched places on the planet. You’ll do so onboard a modern fleet with comfort and safety.

Safety

Your safety is our highest priority.

Our highest priority is the safety of our guests, our employees, and the communities we visit. We’ve partnered with experts in health and safety to design new protocols and procedures to be safer together as we restart our expedition operations.

All our ships must pass stringent tests before we put them into service. This is why the onboard Health & Safety procedures are third-party accredited by leading independent certification body Bureau Veritas (BV). The strict and thorough safety audit required by BV ensures every ship is in compliance with industry and international health, safety and hygiene best practices. When you see the SafeGuard label, you can feel confident the vessel you’re sailing in meets the highest standards to achieve certification. SafeGuard furthermore ensures that best practice guidelines are being followed with regard to hygiene, sanitation and limiting the spread of infectious diseases onboard.

We also complete embarkation screenings for both guests and crew, continuously monitor risks and if anyone becomes unwell, we have an onboard medical centre with a doctor and nurse available at all times.

We have a detailed safety page that can be found at: https://www.hurtigruten.com.au/expedition-practical-information/health-and-safety

Rebooking

We have relaxed our booking conditions to give you confidence, peace of mind and security in this uncertain time due to Covid. From 1 July 2021 the following policy applies for new bookings made by 31st March 2022 and departing before 31st December 2022:

  • Anytime before final payment is due, we will waive any rebooking fees if you choose to change your dates for any reason.
  • After final payment date, if COVID affects your journey, we will offer a free date change or travel voucher for future travel.
  • If Hurtigruten cancels your voyage, we will offer a refund, free rebooking or a travel voucher for future travel.

"We’ve partnered with experts in health and safety to design new protocols and procedures to be safer together as we restart our expedition operations."

Hurtigruten Coastal Express Viking River Cruises

Why book with Hurtigruten Coastal Express

Hurtigruten has operated the Norwegian Coastal Express since 1893, bringing travellers from all over the world close to everyday life in 34 small and large coastal communities between Bergen and Kirkenes. Onboard one of our 7 modern fleet, you’ll be able to chase the Northern Lights (we have a promise too), experience the midnight sun or simply enjoy your days sailing past majestic fjords. A voyage with us is also about experiencing authentic local cuisine. Calling at 34 ports creates opportunities to have fresh ingredients delivered to the ships every day. Our chefs are collaborating with more than 50 local suppliers along the coast, giving our guests a true taste of Norway.

Safety

Whenever you sail aboard The Norwegian Coastal Express, whether for 12 days or a few hours, your safety is our highest priority. A range of measures is in place, designed to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and other contagious respiratory diseases. We’ll constantly update these practices based on the latest guidelines from the Norwegian health authorities. These include testing of guests, requirement of vaccination certificates, social distancing, face masks where appropriate and thorough cleaning.

Full safety guidelines can be found at : https://www.hurtigruten.com.au/coastal-practical-information/health-and-safety/

Rebooking

We have relaxed our booking conditions to give you confidence, peace of mind and security in this uncertain time due to Covid. From 1 July 2021 the following policy applies for new bookings made by 31st March 2022 and departing before 31st December 2022:

  • Anytime before final payment is due, we will waive any rebooking fees if you choose to change your dates for any reason.
  • After final payment date, if COVID affects your journey, we will offer a free date change or travel voucher for future travel.
  • If Hurtigruten cancels your voyage, we will offer a refund, free rebooking or a travel voucher for future travel.

"We have relaxed our booking conditions to give you confidence, peace of mind and security in this uncertain time due to Covid."

Hurtigruten Coastal Express