Hurtigruten Group reworks fleet to expand expedition cruises

Operator hopes the changes will also strengthen Norwegian coastal sailings

Hurtigruten Group reworks fleet to expand expedition cruises

Marko Stampehl / Hurtigruten Expeditions

Otto Sverdrup will join the Hurtigruten Norway fleet as part of a restructure

By Laura Hyde |

Hurtigruten Group is moving Otto Sverdrup to the Hurtigruten Norway fleet and deploying Maud to the Arctic and Antarctica, as part of a fleet restructure. 

Otto Sverdrup currently sails cruises targeted at German passengers from Hamburg, Germany, and will continue to do so when it becomes the third hybrid-powered ship and ninth vessel to join Hurtigruten Norway’s fleet. The brand will alter itineraries over time to complement its Svalbard Express and North Cape Express routes. 

The fleet reshuffle means Hurtigruten Expeditions will sail six, small custom-built cruise ships, including the hybrid-powered Roald Amundsen, to over 250 destinations in more than 30 countries worldwide.  

In 2024, Maud will leave the Norwegian coast to begin sailing expedition itineraries that combine the Patagonian fjords with Antarctica, as well as voyages to destinations including the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. 

“This is an important milestone for the company as we strengthen Hurtigruten Norway’s iconic position on the Norwegian coast and give Hurtigruten Expeditions more flexibility to build new, high-end expedition itineraries in some of the most adventurous, remote places around the world,” said Daniel Skjeldam, CEO of Hurtigruten Group. 

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