Hurtigruten Foundation

We have established Hurtigruten Foundation in order to ensure that our guests of tomorrow can enjoy the same meaningful travel experiences as our guests do today

Trailer: See how Hurtigruten Foundation ambassador Lewish Pugh dives into deadly waters to save the environment.

Lewis Pugh - Our First Ambassador

UK-born Lewis Pugh has undertaken spectacular swims all around the world, including in the freezing cold waters of the North Pole and in Antarctica - all to create awareness about how important it is to safeguard the environment of these waters.

By being one of the spearheads of the United Nations Environment Program, he has won access to state leaders all over the world. The World Economic Forum has appointed him “Young Global Leader” and his many strenuous pioneer swims have resulted in National Geographic appointing him to one of their “Adventurers of the Year”.

“Dugnad’ is an unique Norwegian word which means that one works together voluntarily because individuals feel it’s important and for the good of the community. This is exactly what the polar regions need, a good dugnad. I feel confident that through this foundation we will create strong results and make a real difference”, says Mr Pugh. Learn more about Lewis Pugh 


Applying for funding

Twice a year the board of Hurtigruten Foundation grants funds to NGOs involved in charitable initiatives in the areas Hurtigruten operates. The deadlines of applying for funding are 1 May and 1 November each year. Applications are to be addressed to [email protected]. Please refer to here for guidelines.

Hurtigruten Foundation is established to raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges in the areas where we sail, and to financially support locally-initiated projects and to encourage volunteering in worthwhile causes.  We want to make sure our footprints are as gentle as possible, and our presence positive for both the places we visit and its residents.

We already support several local initiatives such as 'Clean up Svalbard', Association of Greenlandic Children, conservation projects of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica. The Foundation signalize that we aim higher than ever, and welcome you on board in this important work for sustainable travel. If you want to help us to make a difference you’re welcome to make your donation to Hurtigruten Foundation accounts.

NOK account:
IBAN: NO28 1503 6902 385

EUR account:
IBAN: NO82 1250 6162 392

USD account:
IBAN: NO54 1250 0542 134

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    Brochure: "Leaving a Smaller Footprint"

    Hurtigruten operates in some of the world’s most pristine and vulnerable natural landscapes. This is a responsibility we take seriously.

    Read more about our efforts to minimize the impact, our use of local food along the Norwegian coast, research and knowledge in polar waters, and much more in "Leaving a Smaller Footprint".


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