Hurtigruten has some adventurous plans for the first of its new expedition ships, launching in 2018. In its maiden season the Roald Amundsen, currently under construction, will be heading for the Chilean fjords, Falkland Islands, and Antarctica.
The new Hurtigruten programme also includes a large number of new itineraries and destinations – ranging from exotic jungles to frozen landscapes.
Fram will lead expedition sailings in the Caribbean and along the Atlantic coast of the United States, visiting eight countries along the coast of Central America. Ports of call include the San Blas Islands, Fort San Lorenzo, Boscas del Toro, Puerto Limón, Corn Islands, Isla de Providencia, Cayos Cochinos and Lighthouse Reef.
All Hurtigruten’s Antarctica expeditions departing from South-America will offer optional land experiences such as the Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica, Machu Picchu, Peru; biking excursion through Santiago de Chile, the Atacama Desert, Patagonia and the Iguazu Falls in Argentina.
Closer to home in Norway, and as art of its programme of Arctic expeditions, there will be a number of circumnavigations of the Svalbard archipelago on board another new addition to the fleet, the Spitsbergen.
“A Hurtigruten voyage is all about rich and meaningful experiences, taking our guests to destinations only we can sail to. We will take our passengers on unique experiences that no other operator can provide, with access to UNESCO World Heritage Sites on almost all itineraries.” said Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.
INSPIRED by the BBC’s Arctic Live series, Fred Olsen’s Black Watch is taking part in its own Arctic exploration next year.
The 27-night cruise begins in Dover on July 14 and takes in the Norwegian fjords, Spitsbergen and the abandoned mining town of Pyramiden, Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands. Fares from £4,399 per person.