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Hurtigruten / Linn Landmark
Hurtigruten is a household name in Norway, having run coastal ferry services since 1893. Today, its focus is on nature-heavy expedition cruises, with a comfortable and unpretentious fleet that includes small and midsize ships. If viewing the northern lights, polar bears, or penguin colonies is your thing, these highlights are Hurtigruten's specialties.
Who It's Best For
Adventurers: Hurtigruten is ramping up its more adventurous itineraries with a greater push into Antarctica (also Greenland, Spitsbergen, and Iceland). Cruises will feature excursions in Polarcirkel boats (a more comfortable version of the Zodiac), as well as more onboard experts and lecturers.
Mature Travelers: Camaraderie is strong on these ships, which attract an older, intellectually curious crowd. (Stay tuned for more children’s and teen programs slated for 2016.)
Lisa Cheng is a New York-based writer for ShermansCruise who also writes for Travel + Leisure.