Known for its Norwegian coastal voyages, Hurtigruten has announced new itineraries and destinations for the 2017/18 season.
From 2017, Hurtigruten explorers will be able to visit Canada, Greenland – and for the very first time – a cruise along the Amazon and the Panama Canal.
The expanded programme includes 23 new itineraries and more than 180 ports of call in 18 countries.
Anthony Daniels, Head of sales for Hurtigruten, UK & Ireland, explained: “We have never offered an explorer programme that is so diverse and full of new and exciting destinations. The programme retains our heritage as a polar specialist, but gives customers plenty of new experiences to choose from.”
From May 2017, Hurtigruten’s newest addition to the fleet, Spitsbergen, will begin offering a choice of 9 brand new itineraries to Norway, Greenland, Iceland, and Arctic Canada.
In addition to the new Canadian voyages, Spitsbergen will take adventurous guests westward to the Shetland Islands, the Orkney Islands and the Faroe Islands, and to ports such as Lerwick, Kirkwall and Thorshavn.
Spitsbergen will then head back to Norway to re-join the coastal route for Winter 17/18.
Fram will continue to operate similar voyages as previous years, but in 2017 will embark on a 16-night cruise along the Amazon travelling from Manaus to Montevideo.
In March 2018, Fram will transit the Panama Canal from Valparaiso to Puerto Limon.
After her first season in Antarctica, the Midnatsol will head back to Norway, where Summer 2017 will be spent back on the Norwegian coastal route. For the second year running, she will then head south again and will spend the winter based in Punta Arenas, running a series of voyages to Antarctica.
Nordstjernen will again be chartered for the summer 2017 season continuing to offer short voyages around Svalbard.