Hurtigruten's new Expedition ships along the Norwegian Coast

2016 says hello to the new Hiking Pass and expedition crews on board Hurtigruten's MS Nordkapp, MS Nordnorge & MS Nordlys.

Expedition Sailings along the Norwegian coast in 2016

From 2016 onwards, Hurtigruten will run expedition sailings through Norway's achingly gorgeous fjords and dramatic mountains with three ships, MS Nordkapp, MS Nordnorge and MS Nordlys. The coastline is a true paradise for avid hikers - and now you can be one of them.

No large cruise ships get as close and so far into the deep, Norwegian fjords as Hurtigruten. If you are dreaming of a journey with real cultural impressions and physical challenges along the Norwegian coast, this is for you.

These three ships can tempt you with a skilled expedition team, activities on deck, and experiences from Hurtigruten’s exciting excursions. For more active guests, take advantage of the many guided hiking opportunities on your expedition cruise with the new Hiking Pass.

More than simply enthusiastic hosts, your Hurtigruten expedition team are seasoned travellers, modern-day explorers, and kindred spirits in their love of adventure. Handpicked for their expertise of the local landscapes and relevant fields, they are generous and passionate about presenting insights that will enrich and enhance your journey. It will be their pleasure to take you on a unique voyage, and to show you a side of Norway’s coast that is rarely seen or experienced.

On each day of your voyage, the expedition team will present you with fascinating talks on a wide range of topics such as glaciology, wildlife, fishing traditions, Viking history, Nordic folklore, geology, natural phenomena, and so much more. Your team will also organise several delicious tastings of fresh local food for you to sample.


The new Hurtigruten Hiking Pass will give you access to special hikes accompanied by your loyal expedition team. Here are some features offered by the Hiking Pass, which can be bought once onboard:

  • Four hikes minimum during winter and spring, six hikes minimum during the summer and autumn months, and more opportunities as local weather permits
  • Guided hikes and lectures on the hike are all conducted in English
  • A hiking kit is available for purchase onboard consisting of a backpack, map, water, and energy bar
  • Depending on the route, hikes can last between 1.5 to 4 hours
  • Most of the hikes are level 4 hikes and require a good standard of fitness.

If you want to join these expeditions, you have the opportunity of buying a hiking pass for 1500 NOK on board the sailings with MS Nordkapp, MS Nordnorge and MS Nordlys. 

Expedition sailings on Hurtigruten _Hurtigruten Images: Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen _