The cruise line will showcase more than 80 itineraries across five continents
HX (Hurtigruten Expeditions) has announced its 2025-26 season, doubling down on growth destinations with the introduction of new ports, landings and itineraries, as well as increased local integration and community engagement programming.
Itineraries will include sailings in Alaska, Antarctica, Greenland and the Northwest passage. In addition, HX will further establish its footprint in warm waters following its inaugural season in West Africa.
HX will return to West Africa where it will be the only cruise line to exclusively sail the archipelagos of both Cape Verde and the Bissagos Islands. The waters surrounding the Bissagos Islands, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, call upon the unique skill sets of HX's world-class navigators.
HXs largest-ever Greenland season will include more sailings with the addition of a fourth vessel, MS Spitsbergen. The operator will also be one of the first to sail from Nuuk’s new airport, set to open in 2024.
Four new itineraries include three ‘Grand Greenland’ voyages that start and end in Nuuk: 'Icy Giants of Disko Bay', 'Mythical Lands of the North' and 'Farthest North to Thule and Kane Basin'.
The new port will reduce transit time, allowing for immediate immersion in Greenland's wildlife and scenery. Additionally, itineraries along Greenland’s west coast will see enhanced community engagement, building on the recently announced partnership between sister brand Hurtigruten and the local Arctic Umiaq Line.
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HX will offer two new itineraries in Iceland: 'Iconic Iceland – The Maritime Ring' on MS Maud and 'Elemental Iceland – Circular Saga' on both MS Fridtjof Nansen and MS Maud. Ships will depart from Reykjavik, where HX became the first cruise company to connect to shoreside electricity in Iceland this fall.
Northwest Passage and Arctic Canada
In 2025, HX will introduce four new Arctic Canada sailings, all originating from or concluding at the new port in Nuuk, Greenland. These voyages will encompass two Northwest Passage crossings, providing travellers with the opportunity to navigate this legendary route.
This upcoming Antarctic season, HX's Science & Education programme will donate more 1,100 cabins to researchers, supporting more than 20 research projects and facilitating 16,000 data submissions. HX will also reinforce its leadership in the region with 50 departures. This marks the largest-ever offering in the destination, facilitated by the addition of a fourth ship, MS Maud, in the 2023-24 season.
HX will offer guests an opportunity to explore Svalbard as the archipelago emerges from the polar winter into spring. Venturing deep above the Arctic Circle, the new 'Svalbard in Spring – Return of the Sun' itinerary includes areas seldom explored during the most exclusive time of year. Guests will embark in Longyearbyen before heading to western Svalbard. During immersive glacial hikes and kayaking safaris, adventure-seekers can observe Arctic tern birds, polar bears, whales and walruses alongside the support of dedicated ornithologists, scientists and researchers.
MS Roald Amundsen, the world’s first battery hybrid-powered ship, will continue to serve guests for HX's fifth season in this key destination. The industry-leading vessel allows guests to reach remote ports inaccessible to larger ships and experience Alaska’s wildlife and landscapes in a uniquely intimate way.
Commenting on the new season, HX chief commercial officer Alex Delamere-White said: “With 130 years of heritage in expedition cruising, we have more experience to draw on than any other operator. Our continued investment in the regions and experiences we know best has created a firm foundation. This heritage, combined with our product teams’ dedication to fostering connections with the people and places we visit, will lead to our strongest season yet."