Covid-19: Important information about your booking and upcoming sailings
Read the latest updates on scheduled sailings, cancellations, and what it means for you and your booking.
Last updated: 06 July 2020 14:15 CET
Information about sailings and cancellations
Norwegian Coastal Voyages
We are gradually restarting our operations on the scheduled Bergen - Kirkenes – Bergen voyages along the Norwegian coast.
- MS Finnmarken, MS Richard With, MS Trollfjord and MS Midnatsol are currently in service sailing their original schedule between Bergen and Kirkenes.
- Departures until 19 July with the seven remaining ships have been cancelled.
- The remaining ships are planned to gradually return to service from Bergen, starting with MS Polarlys from 20 July.
See status on upcoming sailings and cancellations along the Norwegian coast
We will update all booked guests on any changes that will affect their voyage as soon as possible.
Due to international restrictions and the global coronavirus outbreak, we have cancelled several expedition sailings.
See the updated list of cancelled expedition cruises here
We plan to gradually restart expedition cruises in areas where restrictions are lifted – where and when we believe it is safe. We will make decisions on each individual voyage, and update all booked guests on any changes.
Free rebooking of your Hurtigruten voyage
As of now, we do not know what the international travel restrictions will look like this summer. So what should you do next?
To give you more flexibility and confidence in these uncertain times, we will help you rebook your voyage for free, both if your sailing is cancelled and if you have booked a voyage with us before 30 September 2020.
A personal update from our CEO:
How the coronavirus affects our operation and your future voyage
We are two months into what is a truly extraordinary situation. In one way or another, the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic impact us all. Hurtigruten is no exception. For the first time in our more than 127 years of history, our ships lay idle.
Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our crew and guests. We have not had any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 on any of our ships. But as you know, the pandemic is heavily affecting worldwide travel.
There is still a lot of uncertainty in what the next weeks and months will bring. However, we do see international restrictions gradually being lifted. Step by step, the pandemic is being brought under control. Businesses are re-opening and everyday life is slowly getting back to a degree of normality. In Norway, schools, kindergartens, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers are already open.
Being a lifeline along the Norwegian coast, as well as an integral part of Norwegian society since 1893, this also means Hurtigruten gradually will restart our operations. This will happen step-by-step, in a safe and responsible way - and with strict procedures in place.
These voyages in Norwegian waters will be our first small steps towards the new normal. As of now, we do not know what the international travel restrictions will look like this summer. I am sure your next question will be “So, what happens next? And what should I do?”
To give you more flexibility and confidence in these uncertain times, we are offering you to take part in Hurtigruten’s flexible rebooking policy. You can rebook your voyage with us free of charge.
Stricter measures – for your safety and comfort
The safety and well-being of our guests and crew are our number one priority. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Hurtigruten has imposed strict measures and protocols to combat the spread of the virus. Through an incredible team effort, we have not had any cases of COVID-19 on any of Hurtigruten’s ships. The lessons learned is the basis of our new, strict procedures that will be imposed before the restart of our operations.
In total, we will implement hundreds of small and larger measures to keep our guests and crew safe and healthy. From even stricter hygiene protocols to reduced guest capacity to allow social distancing, you have my word that this will give you a safer voyage without impacting your experience.
For us at Hurtigruten, rules and regulations are never about meeting a minimum standard. International standards are just a starting point. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, take any steps necessary, and adapt our operations to all advice from relevant authorities
I thank you for your continued support and trust in us. We look forward to welcoming you on board one of our ships soon - offering you the journey of a lifetime with all the Hurtigruten difference.
Stay safe and stay healthy.