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ANTARCTICA: For the 2022/2023 season, Hurtigruten Expeditions will offer Antarctica expedition cruises across three ships, including MS Fram (pictured). Photo: YURI CHOUFOUR/Hurtigruten Expeditions
ANTARCTICA: For the 2022/2023 season, Hurtigruten Expeditions will offer Antarctica expedition cruises across three ships, including MS Fram (pictured). Photo: YURI CHOUFOUR/Hurtigruten Expeditions

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Hurtigruten Expeditions updates and simplifies Covid-19 protocols

Hurtigruten Expeditions, the world’s largest and leading expedition cruise line, has updated, adjusted and simplified the Covid-19 protocols.

The main change is removing pre-departure testing across all departures and ships - except for Antarctica expedition cruises - effective no later than October 1.

For Antarctica expedition cruises, guests must still provide a proof of a negative Covid-19 test to embark the ships.

Hurtigruten Expeditions will arrange for tests for all guests during the transfer from either Santiago, Chile, or Buenos Aires, Argentina. Cruise-only guests in Antarctica who travel to Ushuaia or Punta Arenas independently, must arrange for their own test within 72 hours before boarding the ship.

Masks are no longer mandatory on board or during landings and land adventures, but guests are still encouraged to wear masks in public areas on board all ships.

Fully vaccinated ships

Hurtigruten Expeditions will still require proof of full vaccination with a WHO-vaccine prior to embarkation on all voyages, to ensure health and safety of its guests and crew. This applies to all guests aged 12 years and older. Although recommended, a booster dose is no longer required.

All Hurtigruten Expeditions crew members across all ships are fully vaccinated.

“Our updated protocols will more closely align with land-based travel options and the current environment across our destinations. We will offer our guests the best possible experience, with the peace of mind of exploring with us on board a fully vaccinated ship”, said Iain McNeill, SVP Operations in Hurtigruten Expeditions.

“They also ensure the ease of exploration remains, with guests enjoying some of the most spectacular areas of our planet, while knowing that health, safety and wellness of our guests, crew and communities we visit is our number one priority”, said McNeill.

Testing and vaccination requirements may differ for certain destinations based on local regulations. Where tests are required, guests must still provide a proof of negative test result in accordance with local regulations. Hurtigruten Expeditions strongly recommend all guests to familiarize themselves with local Covid-19 regulations prior to departure.

Further information

Please find the latest updated information about Hurtigruten Expeditions' Covid-19 protocols here: Safer Together 


Hurtigruten Expeditions - World leader in exploration travel

With sustainability, science and exploration at core, Hurtigruten Expeditions founded expedition cruising in 1896. Today, Hurtigruten Expeditions is the world’s largest and leading expedition cruise line.

Building on 125 years of experience, Hurtigruten Expeditions offers big adventures on small ships, taking guests to over 250 spectacular destinations in more than 30 countries worldwide.

Hurtigruten Expeditions operates a fleet of small, custom-build expedition cruise ships, including the world’s first battery-hybrid powered cruise ships.

Hurtigruten Expeditions is part of Hurtigruten Group, the world leader in exploration travel, which also operates Norwegian Coastal Express, known as ‘the most beautiful voyage in the world’ and extensive land-based activities – including hotels, restaurants and more – through Hurtigruten Svalbard.


Hurtigruten Expeditions Press Duty Phone

Hurtigruten Expeditions Press Duty Phone

Press contact +47 47 666 888
Øystein Knoph

Øystein Knoph

Press contact Head of Media Operations Hurtigruten Norway +47 977 39 224
Anders Lindström

Anders Lindström

Press contact Head of Press and Communications (Americas) Hurtigruten Expeditions & Hurtigruten Norway +1 646 944 9029

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Building on 130 years of Norwegian pioneering heritage, Hurtigruten is today the world's largest expedition cruise company.

Hurtigruten’s rapidly growing fleet of custom-build expedition ships takes modern-day adventure travellers to the world’s most spectacular destinations - from the High North to Antarctica in the south.

Being the world leader in exploration travel comes with a great responsibility. Hurtigruten is enhancing destinations and runs an responsible, sustainable global operation.

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