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Planting a flag in the wilderness is a symbol of achievement. For some, climbing Mount Everest is worth planting a flag, while for others just getting through a night in a tent in the back yard might be worth celebrating. With Hurtigruten’s new Explorer fleet, you will have the chance to plant your personal flag in some of the most exciting and remote areas in the world.
We have challenged some great explorers to plant their flag for a cause they really care about. See who they are and how they are preparing to plant their flag on some of the most beautiful and extreme corners of the world.
Pete McBride & Tim Kemple
Will be kayaking the melting ice rivers in Greenland.
Cecilie Skog & Aleksander Gamme
Celebrating the Norwegian outdoor life called Friluftsliv.
Skiing alone to the South Pole without reinforcements.
Spreading awareness to the extinction of species in the Amazon Rainforest.
A Hurtigruten expedition is more than just a vacation. It’s the chance to explore untouched wilderness, expand your horizons and claim a new sense of adventure
HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE
With a history dating back to 1893, Hurtigruten are experts in operating in extreme conditions. Our Expedition team have years of experience and the scientific knowledge to safely guide you through every encounter on your adventure.
ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBLE ADVENTURES
Offering expedition voyages to pristine and vulnerable destinations comes with a great environmental responsibility. Hurtigruten is a global front runner and change maker in green shipping.
ACTIVITY BASED EXPEDITIONS
The Hurtigruten explorer vessels offer outdoor activities such as climbing, kayaking, rib-tours, whale and sea eagle safaris, all in exceptionally beautiful environments.
CONNECTION TO NATURE AND WILDLIFE
The Hurtigruten vessels are specially designed for offering guests up-close nature experiences. We try to come as close as possible, as long as it’s prudent, to whales, penguins, waterfalls and many other spectacular wildlife and nature elements.
Engage in a true adventure with Hurtigruten ExplorerPlant Your Flag
This year, Davidsson is heading to Antarctica – on an expedition that will make her the first Swedish woman to ski solo to the South Pole and back, without reinforcements on her way in. She will be planting her flag for all those who long to connect with their inner explorer.
Johanna Davidsson is a nurse by profession, but an explorer at heart. She is passionate about glacier guiding, mountain climbing, skiing, paddling and sailing. In other words, her idea of a perfect day is a day spent outdoors.
As an explorer she wants to inspire more women to seek adventures. At the same time she does not want to be categorised as a ‘female explorer’, but rather prefers to stay focused on what we all can achieve when we put in the effort.
Antarctica is the southernmost continent on Earth, making it the coldest, driest and windiest part of our planet. The continent has no permanent human residents, but is home to millions of penguins, seals, whales and birds. This mysterious world is virtually as untouched as when polar explorer Roald Amundsen planted the first flag on the continent over a hundred years ago.
Ninety percent of all the ice on our planet is located in Antarctica. With its great glaciers, colossal icebergs and up to 1.2 mile thick layer of ice, this frozen world offers you nature at its most sublime and haunting. With the opportunity to set foot where no one has gone before, the coldest continent on Earth might just be the hottest travel destination for your inner explorer.
This year, David Lindo is looking to the rainforest, where he will plant a flag for the Great Auk and help bring awareness to the deforestation of the Amazon.
David Lindo, also known as The Urban Birder, was born and raised in London where he now works as a broadcaster, writer, photographer, public speaker and tour leader. From an early age, the birds of his hometown – (referring to the flying kind of birds, of course) – fascinated him.
The Amazon is the world’s largest tropical rainforest, home to the greatest diversity of plant and animal species on Earth. The beauty of the great Amazon River, with crystal blue waterfalls dotting the lush rainforest, has given this destination a near mythical status among travellers. Believe it. This is no myth.
Cross an entire ocean, followed an exploration of the rich variety of South America, filled with tropical beaches, pulsing city life, UNESCO World Heritage sites, spectacular landscapes and friendly people. Combine all this with sailing along the Amazon River for a front row view of the lush rainforest, add in a hike or kayak trip in the jungle, and you will feel like a true adventurer.
This year, acclaimed photographers and filmmakers Pete McBride and Tim Kemple will be kayaking the melting ice rivers of Greenland to plant a flag and help bring greater awareness of the climate challenges facing our planet.
Pete McBride has spent two decades travelling the world, shooting for the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian, Outside, Esquire and companies like Patagonia, Microsoft and The Nature Conservancy.
Tim Kemple grew up climbing, skiing and travelling with his family. His passion for exploring and photography soon became his profession, and for the last ten years he has travelled from the tip of South America to the Arctic Circle.
Few places combine stunning scenery, pure clarity of light and the raw power of nature like Greenland. With its lush hillsides, iceberg studded waters, deep fjords and dozens of picturesque villages with colourful wooden houses, this nation will captivate you right from the get-go.
Greenland is the world’s biggest island, with ice covering roughly 80% of the surface. In this fascinating landscape, you can touch enormous icebergs with your bare hands and witness great glaciers calving. But prepare to be amazed by the vast contrasts of this magical island.
As you walk through green valleys, kayak through some of the planet’s most spectacular fjords, or visit historic settlements rich in history and culture, the beauty of this island nation will overwhelm you. When away from the towns and settlements, you will have the chance to see the Greenland’s rich wildlife in their natural habitat.
Soak up the Midnight Sun or be dazzled by the Northern Lights. A visit to Greenland is one you will never forget.
Cecilie Skog – the only woman in the world to have reached The North Pole, The South Pole and the summit of Mount Everest; and her husband Aleksander Gamme – the most versatile expedition profile in Norway, together with their kids are preparing to plant a flag in Arctic Canada, representing their passion for “friluftsliv”.
Cecilie Skog has also climbed the highest mountain on each continent, known as “The Seven Summits”. The Norwegian adventurer has a degree in nursing and “friluftsliv”, but her greatest passion in life is her love for exploring.
Her husband Aleksander Gamme has led and completed a variety of expeditions. He summited Everest and several other high mountains, cycled through Sahara, completed the worlds longest ski trek, and flown up in the air with Helium balloons. He has also published several books and articles about his adventures.
Imagine deep valleys, steep cliffs, sandy beaches and spectacular fjords. Imagine rocky crags, drifting icebergs and whales steaming through the waves. Add charming cities and fascinating Viking history. You find all of this in Arctic Canada. Explore the narrow streets and hidden alleyways of St Johns – this town has the perfect combination of big-city luxury and small-town charm.
Cruise the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, dozens of wee fishing villages pepper the coast all the way up to Baffin Island, homeland of Inuit and a place where Viking artefacts have been discovered.
Welcome to the land of stunning scenery, spectacular shoreline and forested hinterlands teeming with wildlife. Welcome to Arctic Canada.
Glittering glaciers, pristine fjords and high mountains dusted in white. Endless summer nights and magical Northern Lights. Exploring untamed nature on Svalbard is like exploring a different planet, leaving you in awe of this natural wonderland. This Norwegian archipelago is one of Europe’s last great wildernesses, home to more polar bears than people. About 60% of the archipelago is covered with glaciers, making this place the Arctic North you always dreamed existed.
Learn about the history of Svalbard while sightseeing in Longyearbyen or the Russian settlement of Barentsburg, and connect with your inner explorer while glacier hiking, dog sledding, riding a snowmobile or joining an ice cave tour.
This Arctic adventure will not last forever, but this trip will leave an everlasting impression.