Hurtigruten is expanding to Alaska with new hybrid-electric ship

Voyages of 12 to16 days between Vancouver, BC, and Seward will highlight the Inside Passage (click on map to enlarge) Voyages of 12 to16 days between Vancouver, BC, and Seward will highlight the Inside Passage (click on map to enlarge)

Starting in 2020, Hurtigruten will explore Alaska with its new, hybrid-electric powered Roald Amundsen. This new location adds to the company's expanding cruise program, which offers more than 250 worldwide destinations in the 2020/2021 season.

'Alaska is a perfect fit for Hurtigruten and our expedition cruise concept. We will go where the big ships can’t, taking guests far beyond the ordinary while exploring the true beauty of Alaska,' Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam said.

Vancouver-Seward, with lesser-visited ports

Voyages of 12 to16 days between Vancouver, BC, and Seward will highlight the Inside Passage, combined with lesser-visited destinations like picturesque Petersburg.

For its first expedition to Alaska, Hurtigruten is introducing the state's first hybrid electric-powered cruise ship. Equipped with large battery packs, Roald Amundsen features innovative green technology, premium surroundings and an expedition team consisting of geologists, biologists, geographers, historians and activity guides. The ship carries 500 passengers.

'Imagine kayaking in pristine waters, hiking through untouched wilderness and spotting bears, whales, caribou and eagles, then returning to the comfort of an expedition ship you know is greener than any other ship you have experienced. This is the unparalleled Alaska experience Hurtigruten will offer,' Skjeldam said.

Northwest Passage

Roald Amundsen will conclude its 2020 Alaska season by conducting a Northwest Passage transit from Nome to Halifax, via Greenland.

Fridtjof Nansen debut

In addition to Alaska, 2020 will also mark the debut of Hurtigruten’s second hybrid electric-powered expedition ship, Fridtjof Nansen. Its inaugural season includes the Norwegian fjords, cruising to Greenland and Iceland and, following in the wake of the great explorer the ship is named after, venturing as far south as the Antarctic Circle.

Hurtigruten travelers can choose from 30 voyages, spanning 12 to 23 days. Itineraries include stops in the Falkland Islands or South Georgia, as well as visiting just the Antarctic Peninsula.

Franz Josef Land

The 2020/2021 Hurtigruten program also includes expeditions to Russia and Franz Josef Land aboar Spitsbergen, to Svalbard on board multiple ships, to the Caribbean, Central and South America on board Roald Amundsen and Fram; and more.

Hurtigruten is also offering an extensive pre- and post-cruise program, including opportunities to explore Easter Island, the Galápagos, Patagonia and the Atacama Desert.

Posted 03 December 2018

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Anne Kalosh

US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

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