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Hurtigruten Expeditions, now HX, is the world's largest and leading expedition cruise line. With sustainability and exploration at their core, they offer big adventures on small ships—taking you to some of the most spectacular areas of our planet. 

Tracing their roots back to the great explorers and golden age of exploration, the curiosity, sense of adventure, love for our planet, and the art of exploration is deeply embedded in their DNA.

With HX's, you can join fellow explorers on adventures to 30+ countries and more than 250 destinations, including Antarctica, Alaska, the Northwest Passage, Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard, Norway, the British Isles, South America, the Caribbean, and more. 

HX's fleet of seven small-size custom-built ships includes the world's first hybrid electric–powered cruise ships and a variety of green technology enabling them to explore more sustainably. HX is dedicated to creating a positive impact on the communities they visit by sourcing products and services from local suppliers.

Onboard, you will join a team of experts. Handpicked for your adventure, they will join you as you explore wildlife, nature, local communities, and more, taking full advantage of the onboard Science Center and abundance of expedition equipment—making sure they can take you where the big ships can't.

As generations of explorers have done before HX, they are always looking for new adventures and new areas to explore, and new adventures to embark on. Join them—and explore more!


Alaska, Antarctica, British Isles, Caribbean & Central America, Europe, Galápagos Islands, Greenland, Iceland, North America, Northwest Passage, Norway, Russia, South America, Svalbard, Transoceanic, and West Africa & Cape Verde.


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Top Itineraries

Galápagos Islands Expedition - In Darwin’s Footsteps

Ecuador - San Cristóbal Island - Santa Cruz Island - Española Island - Baltra Island

Join HX and explore five Latin American countries, discovering ancient pyramids, exceptionally beautiful national reserves, and delicious local delicacies.

Starting from UNESCO-listed Valparaíso, Chile, you’ll journey north to the Neo-Colonial enclave of La Serena, then on to Paracas to visit the Ballestas Islands, which are teeming with biodiversity. Then discover the sumptuous cuisine in Lima, the capital of Peru, and tour the ancient temple and city ruins around Trujillo in Salaverry.

In Ecuador, explore Parque Nacional Machalilla on Isla de la Plata. While in Manta, visit Montecristi, where classic Panama hats were invented. Cébaco Island in Panama is a hidden gem, while Golfito and Quepos offer access to Costa Rican national parks full of scenic habitats and diverse animal life, such as toucans, iguana, sloths, monkeys, and a range of seabirds.

Alaska and British Columbia – Wilderness, Glaciers, and Culture (Southbound)

Anchorage - Seward - College Fjord - Icy Bay - William Henry Bay - Haines - Tracy / Endicott Arm Fjords - Sitka - Petersburg - Wrangell - Misty Fjords - B.C. Inside Passage - Alert Bay - Vancouver

Alaska is a destination for true explorers. With immense glaciers, deep fjords, and vast stretches of wilderness, its scenery alone never fails to impress visitors. You’ll also see remains of the Gold Rush era in the fishing villages, abandoned towns, and bustling harbor towns you visit.

The waters of Alaska are teeming with life. You might see whales, porpoises, dolphins, or even large colonies of sea lions. On land, look out for moose and caribou wandering the forests and brown bears fishing for salmon in the rivers. Birdwatching enthusiasts can look forward to spotting some of the many rare species that call Alaska their home.

The Inside Passage of Alaska is home to the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people, whose history is reflected in towering totem poles, while Russian settlers left a legacy of onion-domed churches gleaming with icons.

Highlights of Antarctica

Buenos Aires - Ushuaia - Crossing the Drake Passage - Antarctic - Crossing the Drake Passage

Antarctica is the most remote continent on Earth. As a travel experience, nowhere else compares.

Experience the splendor of its scenery: endless ranges of snow-capped mountains and the majesty of icebergs sculpted by sun, wind, and waves. The krill-rich waters of the Southern Ocean are a beacon for abundant wildlife: whales, seals, seabirds, and of course, penguins.

Join the experienced Expedition Team to go on landings ashore, on small-boat (RIB) cruises in the area, and on optional excursions such as kayaking, snowshoeing, and even camping on the Great White Continent. The Expedition Team members are there to guide and enhance everything you see and experience in Antarctica, sharing their insights on geology, climate change, polar history, and the remarkable wildlife to be found there.

West Africa Archipelago Cruise: Cape Verde & Bissagos Islands

Dakar - Praia - Sao Filipe - Porto Novo - Sal Rei - Banjul

Explore the unique history and vibrant culture of isolated Cape Verde, alongside the remarkable biodiversity of the tropical Bissagos Islands. An expedition cruise to Cape Verde and the Bissagos Islands combines unique cultures and rare wildlife in one fascinating journey.

From rocky volcanic landscapes teeming with endemic bird life in Cape Verde to saltwater lagoons and mangrove swamps with a rare herd of saltwater hippos in Bissagos’ Orango National Park, both archipelagos offer superb opportunities for discovery and adventure.

You’ll learn all about the wildlife and ecology of the islands, as well as the local cultures and beliefs. HX's small expedition ship will take you to destinations off the beaten track and enables us to get up close to volcanic islands where you’ll go on nature walks. In the Bissagos Islands, try sea kayaking, go on small boat (RIB) safaris among the mangroves and visit local Bijagós communities.

Fjords Expedition Cruise

Dover, U.K. - Norway

Norway has been our home for almost 130 years; we’re the ones to show you both its highlights and its hidden gems.

Explore five of Norway’s most beautiful fjords on this sailing from Dover to the stunning Norwegian coast. The fjords are magical in any season. On this springtime expedition cruise, we witness the fjords waking up from the long winter months.

The days grow longer and the sun warms the air. Snow still covers the mountains, but the thaw brings meltwater gushing down rock faces, creating beautiful waterfalls and adding a deep color to the rivers. Down in the valleys, pastures are green, fruit trees are in bloom, and the idyllic fjord villages emerge from hibernation.

Norway’s stunning landscapes also feature some of the world’s most magnificent wildlife. From the predatory White-tailed Eagles that rule the sky to the whales along the coast, Norway is a wilderness of peerless beauty.  

Galápagos Islands - 9 of the Best Isles

Quito, Ecuador

This 11-day itinerary exploring nature’s wonderland begins with 2 nights in Quito and a trip to Cotopaxi. Guests spend eight nights onboard HX's 90-passenger Scandi-chic MS Santa Cruz II, cruising both of HX's specialized northern and western itineraries. With an eye towards sustainability, science, and education, guests will dive deep into the history, culture, and geology of the archipelago’s key islands. With guidance from the expert Expedition Team and resources from the onboard science corner, guests will have excellent chances to see and learn about many of the archipelago’s Big 15 iconic species, like the Galapagos penguin, giant tortoise, blue-footed booby, the marine iguana, and more. From snorkeling from the beach or zodiac to learning the differences among red, green, white, and black sand beaches to soaking in the landscape that inspired not only the theory of evolution but countless Hollywood films, like Master and Commander, this is truly the trip of a lifetime. Guests will also enjoy daily meals prepared under the guidance of a Le Cordon Bleu-trained gastronomy director.

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