Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express unveils 2023-24 sailings

Hurtigruten’s Norwegian Coastal Express brand has launched its 2023-24 programme of sailings along the coastline of Norway.

The cruise itineraries feature 34 small and large coastal communities between Bergen and Kirkenes.

Fresh ingredients are delivered to the ships every day and onboard chefs work with more than 50 local suppliers along the coast.

The ships’ on-board guides hold lectures and organise activities for passengers, including more than 70 optional shore excursions.

Clients can choose emission-free excursions with electrical catamarans and tour buses.

With winter being the peak Northern Lights season in Norway, the cruise line says it is “confident the Northern Lights will make an appearance on your 12- or 11-day voyage”.

If the lights do not appear, passengers will get another six- or seven-day trip for free.

Hedda Felin, Hurtigruten Norway chief executive, said: “With almost 130 years of experience and history, the ship acts as a lifeline for small communities along the coast.

“Our guests can experience the ‘world’s most beautiful voyage’ on board modern and comfortable ships that also continue the tradition of carrying cargo and local passengers, a vital part of everyday life along the coast.

“We are very proud of operating a legacy journey with such strong traditions, but which through innovations make it sustainable, modern, and still relevant for both our international travellers, local passengers and the local businesses that rely on us for the transportation of goods.”

Hurtigruten Norway is part of Hurtigruten Group, which also operates Hurtigruten Expeditions, the world’s largest and leading expedition cruise line, and extensive land-based activities through Hurtigruten Svalbard.

Pictured: MS Nordnorge in Hjørundfjorden by Fabrice Milochau/Hurtigruten Norway