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Climate Sentinels team analysing ice on Svalbard. Climate Sentinels is one of the organizations that received donations from Hurtigruten Foundation in 2020. Photo: Climate Sentinels
Climate Sentinels team analysing ice on Svalbard. Climate Sentinels is one of the organizations that received donations from Hurtigruten Foundation in 2020. Photo: Climate Sentinels

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Remote communities encouraged to apply for funding through Hurtigruten Foundation

Deadline for 2021 application submissions is November 1st.

Communities along coastal areas and remote destinations, where leading adventure travel company Hurtigruten Group explores, are encouraged to apply for funding through the Hurtigruten Foundation.

Hurtigruten Foundation aims to create a lasting, positive impact in the remote places Hurtigruten Group operates by empowering guests to engage with communities long after they return home from an expedition cruise experience or land-based adventure.

Despite the pandemic, Hurtigruten Foundation was able to donate to several projects across the world in 2020 and is looking to support even more initiatives that help local communities, endangered species or lead to the reduction in plastics and marine litter.

“Our mission is to invest in the local communities our guests’ visit. As the world locked down due to the pandemic, we scaled-up and continued to support communities that needed urgent assistance on various projects. In fact 2020, was our second highest year in terms of sizeable donations from the Foundation so we are very proud of what we have achieved and want to support even more projects now that we are moving out of the pandemic and returning to full operations,” said Henrik A. Lund, Managing Director of Hurtigruten Foundation.

So far, Hurtigruten Foundation has invested in initiatives like the Oceanites Antarctic Site Inventory project that monitors penguin population changes in Antarctica.

Ron Naveen, President of the Oceanites said: “Hurtigruten Foundation funding is critical for us, especially at a time when data collection was more difficult than ever, when the world was at a standstill due to the pandemic. Nevertheless, we were able to continue to collect data at penguin breeding sites and to update our analyses aimed at distinguishing the direct and interactive effects of climate change, fishing, and tourism. The project ensures that the best and most up-to-data and scientific information are freely available to all Antarctic Treaty stakeholders and we are hugely grateful for Hurtigruten Foundation’s support in enabling us to continue our critical work.”

Ron Naveen, President of the Oceanites. Photo: Oceanites

Other recipients of funding include the South Georgia Heritage Trust, the Association for Greenlandic Children, Norwegian Search and Rescue Dogs and Climate Sentinels.

  • Applications for Hurtigruten Foundation funding for 2021 closes on November 1st. The brief application form and instructions on how to apply can be found on the Hurtigruten Foundation website.

For more information or interviews please contact VP, Group Communications Catriona Loughran on +47 909 25528 or email


About Hurtigruten Group

Hurtigruten Group is the world's leading adventure travel company, allowing guests to explore unique destinations in a sustainable and meaningful way. 

With headquarters in Oslo, Norway and offices around the world, Hurtigruten Group has a proud expedition heritage and is committed to working with the best green technology to ensure our products are safe and respectful towards nature, wildlife and the communities we visit.

Hurtigruten Group has a comprehensive portfolio encompassing three business areas: Hurtigruten Expeditions, which was founded in 1896, and is the world’s leading expedition cruise operator offering more than 250 destinations to more than 30 countries including Alaska, Antarctica, Arctic Canada and the Northwest Passage, the British Isles, the Caribbean, Galapagos Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, South America, and West Africa.

Hurtigruten Norway, which operates Norwegian Coastal Express, and is considered ‘the world’s most beautiful voyage’ has been sailing along the Norwegian coastline since 1893.

Hurtigruten Svalbard, one of the most exclusive tour operators in the industry, offers land-based adventures on the spectacular Arctic archipelago.

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Catriona Loughran

Catriona Loughran

Press contact VP Group Communications Hurtigruten Group +47 909 25 528

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