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How Hurtigruten just made history

And the warm waters the expedition cruise line is travelling to next

Over the past 24 hours, Hurtigruten’s battery hybrid powered expedition cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen has made history once again – exploring waters further south than any Hurtigruten ship has ever been in the Norwegian expedition cruise line’s 127 years of history. 


After crossing the Antarctic circle earlier this week, MS Roald Amundsen Captain Torry Sakkariassen and his crew continued to push south. At 4.15 PM Antarctica time on February 19, MS Roald Amundsen reached the ice edge at 70°10.208’ degrees south.



“Our guests are thrilled. This is what Hurtigruten’s expedition cruises are all about, pushing new frontiers and creating unique experiences for guests from all over the world. We are exploring in the footsteps of the polar hero Roald Amundsen himself,” says Captain Sakkariassen. 


MS Roald Amundsen is the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship, equipped with large battery packs that significantly reduces emissions. As her sister ship MS Fridtjof Nansen, sailing her maiden voyage this spring, MS Roald Amundsen’s specially designed ice strengthened hull allows her to operate in areas most other ships could ever dream of. 


With a growing fleet of 16 small and custom build ships, Hurtigruten is the world’s largest and leading expedition cruise line, offering expedition cruises to more than 200 destinations in over 40 countries.


After exploring the ice-laden areas at 70 degrees south in sub-zero temperatures southwest of Charcot Island, MS Roald Amundsen’s guests and crew are now making their way back north. They will explore a variety of landing sites around the Antarctic Peninsula and the Falkland Islands, before returning to Chile and the last two expedition cruises of the 2019/2020 Antarctica season.



In other, warmer Hurtigruten news, next year Hurtigruten will offer its largest ever selection of voyages in non-polar waters – presenting a wide range of unique experiences by small custom-build expedition ships.


“Hurtigruten goes where the big ships can’t go, bringing guests closer to the real experiences. We draw on more than a century of expedition know-how when we offer modern explorers to cruise with a conscience in tropical waters,” says Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.


Big experiences on small ships

The world's first two hybrid battery powered expedition ships, MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, as well as a fully upgraded MS Fram, are all set to explore the middle and southern parts of The Americas. 


Among the highlights of the new expedition cruises include:

The Caribbean            Fascinating marine wildlife, pristine beaches, tropical jungles. Visit Guadeloupe, Martinique, Cuba, ABC islands, Costa Rica and Jamaica.

Central America         Local and Mayan culture, UNESCO sites, national parks including Monteverde and Tortuguero, the Panama Canal, San Jose, and Cartagena. Enjoy ziplining, white water rafting, and surfing.

South America           Sail from warm to cold waters visiting national parks, UNESCO towns, the Amazon River, Chilean Fjords, Buenos Aires, Rio, Chile, Peru, Patagonia, and Cape Horn.


“Hurtigruten’s take on warm waters, is offering sustainable and unique, lifechanging experiences on top of sun and warm weather, and swims and dives. We heighten our off-the-beaten-path expeditions through top-end adventuring programs,” says Skjeldam.


All Hurtigruten guests explore side-by-side with a sizeable number of hand-picked expedition team members. The pairing deepens and enriches the guest experience through added extensive knowledge in various academic fields – such as marine biology, sustainability, history, oceanography and photography.


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Published: 21 February 2020

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