Pioneer swimmer and ocean advocate Lewis Pugh, has announced that he will be joining two Hurtigruten voyages in 2016 – a voyage along the Norwegian coast in May and a trip to Antarctica in December 2016.
In 2013 the Briton was appointed the UN Patron of the Oceans. The World Economic Forum has named him a Young Global Leader for his "potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through inspiring leadership" and in 2015 he was also chosen as National Geographic’s “Adventurer of the Year”.
Explore the Arctic on an authentic voyage
On 19 May 2016, Lewis will be setting off from Bergen on the MS Spitsbergen for the 12 day Classic Round Voyage. During the trip he will give speeches to both guests and local communities about protecting our coastlines and oceans as well as leading beach clean ups and taking part in a number of Hurtigruten excursions and on-board activities.
This trip follows the traditional Hurtigruten route from Bergen, along the Norwegian coastline to Kirkenes, before turning and heading back to Bergen. This unique voyage stops off in 34 ports along the way and offers and authentic way to explore Norwegian nature, culture and traditions. Prices start from £2,329 per person based on 2 people sharing an inside cabin on full board basis. Flight and transfer packages start from an extra £330 per person.
Join Lewis on an Antarctic expedition
On his second voyage in December, Lewis will be joining the MS Midnatsol as she heads to Antarctica. During the trip he will be giving lectures about his work, as well as undertaking a series of pioneering swims off Antarctica and leading kayaking excursions.
The 16 day Discover Patagonia and Antarctic expedition starts on 6 December and explores the Chilean fjords and Cape Horn before reaching Antarctica. During the voyage passengers can participate in experiments in the on-board science lab, go hiking and meet some of the many the colonies of penguins. The trip costs from £4,123 per person including one night in a hotel in Santiago de Chile, return flights from there to Punta Arenas and the voyage in an inside cabin on full board basis. International flights cost from an additional £1,370 per person.
Hurtigruten aim to be world leading in sustainable explorer travel in the polar regions. The Hurtigruten Foundation seeks to enhance awareness and contribute to the protection of the vulnerable nature and unique culture of the destinations they travel to as well as raising funds to respectively exploit or reduce them through a number of initiatives worldwide.