Galápagos Islands. Be Awed By Nature

Amble alongside giant tortoises, and rub shoulders with marine iguanas. Explore the islands that changed our understanding of the natural world. Discover wildlife you won't find anywhere else on an expedition cruise to the Galápagos Islands in 2022.

Explore the Galápagos Islands with us

Follow in Darwin's footsteps

The wild beauty and unique ecology of the Galápagos Islands make for the perfect expedition cruise destination. With rugged volcanic scenery and tame wildlife, little has changed since Charles Darwin set foot here in 1835. 

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Book with Confidence
Valid until 31/03/2022

Book with confidence

Our popular Book with Confidence policy is back, giving you the peace of mind you want for your next adventure exploring the world with us. The benefits of the policy apply to any new bookings made between 25 November 2021 and 31 March 2022, for expedition cruises departing on or before 30 September 2022.

Adventures around the Galápagos Islands

Explore the vast archipelago of diverse volcanic islands as we take you on a guided voyage around one of the planet's most beautiful and bio-diverse destinations.

Adventures around the Galápagos Islands

Explore the vast archipelago of diverse volcanic islands as we take you on a guided voyage around one of the planet's most beautiful and bio-diverse destinations.



Animals here evolved without many predators so they have no fear of humans, meaning you can get closer. Look out for the giant tortoises, iguanas and albatross!


Expedition Team

Our Expedition Team are friendly Galápagos experts. They’ll join you on shore landings and nature walks, sharing their knowledge of natural history and explaining conservation efforts.



Enjoy kayaking and SUP boarding, snorkelling, nature walks, visit conservation, research centres and landings with expedition boats.

MS Santa Cruz II

Explore the Galápagos islands in style

When you are exploring the Galápagos islands with us onboard the MS Santa Cruz II, you will enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in high quality surroundings. The small size - with a guest capacity of maximum 90 allows for a cozy yet classy environment. You´ll easily feel at home onboard.

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Included in your Expedition Cruise

  • Food and drinks

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in the restaurants.

  • Complimentary tea and coffee

    Help yourself to coffee and tea from our restaurants and bars throughout the day.

  • Excursions and activities

    A range of excursions are included. You will also go on landings using our fleet of small expedition boats.

  • Expedition jacket

    Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket to bring home.

  • Equipment for activities

    Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities.

  • Wi-Fi

    Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported.

  • Expedition Team

    English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore.

  • Lectures

    Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics.

  • Onboard photographer

    A professional onboard photographer will give you top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos, and help you with camera settings before landings.

  • Science Center

    Use the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library, biological and geological microscopes and samples.

  • Wellness facilities

    Enjoy use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna and indoor gym.

Safe and unforgettable

A note about itineraries

At all times, Hurtigruten Expedition will comply with current health and safety regulations in the waters, coasts and ports we visit. As regulations could change at any time, there may be changes to the itineraries before and during your expedition. We will adapt to these changes and do our best to ensure you have a safe and unforgettable experience with us while exploring the British Isles.

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What we do

  • Social distancing

    We are sailing on reduced passenger capacity and have changed how we run our restaurants, landings and facilities to give you more space.

  • Face masks

    All our crew wear face masks or face shields and follow the strictest hand sanitation protocol.

  • Testing

    Expedition: All crew need to show negative Covid-19 test prior to embarkation. Coastal: All crew need to go through regular fever checks and fill out a self-declaration form.

  • Cleaning

    We regularly disinfect the entire ship, including all cabins, using certified cleaning products.

What you do

  • Self-declaration form

    You must confirm you do not have any Covid-19 symptoms before being allowed to board.

  • Fever scan and rapid test requirements

    Upon embarkation and outside our restaurants, you will go through a contactless fever scan to record your temperature. You will need to agree to be tested if the fever scan indicates a high temperature.

  • Testing before expedition cruises

    Before embarkation, you will need to show a negative Covid-19 test, no older than 72 hours.

  • Face masks, social-distancing and hand sanitation

    You need to wear a face mask in all common areas of the ship, keep a minimum of 1 metre distance to fellow passengers and frequetly sanitize your hands.