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With the ‘Northern Lights Promise,’ HX ensures that if the aurora doesn't appear, guests can enjoy another opportunity to witness this natural wonder on a future voyage
With the ‘Northern Lights Promise,’ HX ensures that if the aurora doesn't appear, guests can enjoy another opportunity to witness this natural wonder on a future voyage

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HX Unveils New Norway Expedition for Winter 2026

Inspired by Friluftsliv, the art of open-air living, this immersive seven-night journey spent entirely above the Arctic Circle explores Norway's natural wonders and cultural heritage

London, UK (May 9, 2024)HX today unveiled a new Northern Norway itinerary, set to launch in January 2026 at the peak of the aurora season: "Ultimate Norway – Arctic Expedition Under the Northern Lights." Inspired by the Norwegian concept of Friluftsliv or 'free air life,' which embodies the value Norwegians place on spending time in nature and the outdoors, the itinerary will spend seven nights entirely above the Arctic Circle.

“Since our first expedition in 1896 in Norway, HX has helped guests to immerse themselves in some of the most incredible and remote places on earth,” said Alex McNeil, SVP Expeditions Product and Guest Experience. “While we've expanded our horizons and destinations over the last 128 years, our Norwegian heritage remains. We're excited to unveil this unparalleled adventure that honors our roots and highlights our expertise in expedition today.”

The expedition will explore four iconic regions in Northern Norway: the Lyngen Alps, Senja, Lofoten, and Vesterålen, uncovering hidden gems in each during ten scheduled sailings from January to March 2026. Departing from and returning to Tromsø, the expedition aboard MS Spitsbergen promises a completely all-inclusive experience.

Guests will delve deep into Norwegian culture and the spectacular winter landscapes through three bespoke experiences unique to HX, including a bonfire under the polar night, an exclusive evening at the Hurtigruten Museum in Stokmarknes, and a traditional Scandinavian sauna session followed by a polar plunge.

Additionally, the itinerary includes a variety of activities such as kayaking, whale watching, nature walks, alpine treks, snowshoeing, community visits, and ski touring, ensuring a rich and diverse adventure.

Guests gather under the polar night for a bonfire, enjoying local Norwegian snacks and camaraderie in the heart of nature

Small expedition cruising
With a capacity for 160 guests, MS Spitsbergen creates an intimate and relaxing atmosphere while also being small enough to venture to places other ships can’t reach. The ship caters to all tastes and needs, featuring Scandinavian décor, comfortable cabins, a wealth of public spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows for watching the world pass by, an observation deck, Science Centre and two restaurants.

Adventure is All-Inclusive
The all-inclusive adventure offers three daily meals, drinks, coffee, tea, and soft drinks available throughout the day. Guests will enjoy access to the sauna, hot tub, fitness center, and a world-leading onboard Science Centre. The package also includes gratuities, daily excursions, expedition gear, a water bottle, broadband Wi-Fi, and professional photos of the trip taken by the onboard photographer.

Northern Lights Promise
With seven days spent entirely above the Arctic Circle and long winter nights with no light pollution, guests can experience the perfect conditions to witness the Northern Lights. With HX’s Northern Lights Promise, if there is no recorded sighting of the Northern Lights from the ship during the expedition cruise, guests will receive a Future Cruise Credit worth up to 1,200 EUR per person towards a new HX voyage.

McNeil concluded, “We know Norway better than any cruise company, and this expedition connects deeply with the coast. Our guests can anticipate a truly authentic experience, whether they’re in search of the Northern Lights, local culture, or some of the most awe-inspiring nature on earth.”

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For a selection of images of the new itinerary, please head to this Dropbox.

About ‘Ultimate Norway – Arctic Expedition Under the Northern Lights
Route: Tromsø – Tromsø
Duration: Seven nights
Ship: MS Spitsbergen
Sailing Dates: January 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21, 2026


About HX

In 1896, HX (Hurtigruten Expeditions), set out on a journey of exploration from its homeland in Norway. Driven by a passion to discover what lies beyond the horizon, they sailed in the wake of the pioneering seafarers who were redrawing the world’s boundaries.

Today, HX is the leading expedition cruise company, taking guests to over 250 destinations in more than 30 countries worldwide. With onboard lectures and science centres, HX is committed to ensuring guests return home with a deep understanding and love of the places they explore.

HX is on a mission to be the world’s most-sustainable expedition company. They led the industry by being the first to ban heavy fuel oil and single-use plastics. In 2019, HX unveiled the world's first battery hybrid-powered cruise ship.


Becca Singelenberg

Becca Singelenberg

PR and Communications Manager Hurtigruten Expeditions, Global +1 (301)-785-8163
Hurtigruten Group
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