Hurtigruten Foundation

Collaborating for change: Creating a footprint we can be proud of

It’s been almost 130 years since we first pioneered expedition cruising, and with this history we are aware of the huge responsibility that comes with our sailing.

Through the years we have seen the changes that are happening around the world up close. To battle the increasing change in climate, plastic waste in the oceans and unsustainable mass tourism, we must do our part and ensure sustainability is integrated across all our operations.

That’s why we founded the Hurtigruten Foundation

The Foundation is a collaboration between Hurtigruten and its passengers, partners, suppliers, organisations and donors to make an actual difference. The Hurtigruten Foundation was established at the end of 2015 and since then, we have achieved a lot together:

Total donated to date: 3,200 000 NOK

Projects: 34

Countries: 8

Read more about the projects we have funded

Saving near-extinct birds by eradicating rats on South Georgia

Read more about how Hurtigruten Foundation have helped South Georgia Heritage Trustsaving near-extinct birds by eradicating rats on South Georgia


Tracking Antarctic penguins: What can we learn from one species’ growing numbers, while others are declining?

Read more about how we have learned about tracking Antarctic penguins: What can welearn fromone species’ growing numbers, while others are declining


We are funding and collaborating with projects that bring awareness and action tovulnerable ecosystems and threatened wildlife

There are three main areas where we are focusing on:

  1. Preserving endangered wildlife

  2. Battling plastic waste and marine litter

  3. Supporting local and global projects in the areas where we operate

We also want to show you some of the impressive projects and inspiring work from these collaborations. Here are some of our important projects that were made possible through funding and involvement from the Hurtigruten Foundation:

Name of organisation  Project  Year granted  Amount (NOK)  Location
South Georgia Heritage Trust Habitat Restoration Project 2016                              100 964 South Georgia
The Association of Greenlandic Children Sapiik 2016                              100 964 Greenland
UK Antarctica Heritage Trust Maintaining Antarctic cultural heritage  2016                                 43 270 Antarctica
Clean Coast Beach cleaning project 2016                                 50 000 Norway
Svolvær City of Lights 2017                                 40 000 Norway
Benjamin Vidar Polar Permaculture 2018                                 50 000 Svalbard
Nordkapp og Omegn turlag Maintenance of mountain trails in Honningsvåg 2018                                 50 000 Norway
Ørsta Næringskontor Grindaløde på Haukåssætra på Urke  2018                                 50 000 Norway
Hanna Saiminen Klæboe Hurtigruten Ambassador 2018                                                                    1 972 Norway
South Georgia Heritage Trust Habitat Restoration Project 2018                              102 000 South Georgia
Polar Citizen Science Collective To make science more available, enjoyable and impactful to polar travellers. Enhance level of polar citizen science. 2018                                 80 000 Arctic
Eco Pantao Plastic recycling and waste management in the Phillipines 2019                                 60 000 Phillipines
Eirik Audunson Skaar & Corey Morris The Plastic Crab - Art and knowledge against marine plastic 2019                                 50 000 Norway
Hearts in the Ice The first women in history to overwinter in the Arctic 2019                                 50 000 Svalbard
Norguide Glacier Rephotography on Svalbard- visualising Climate Change 2019                              107 400 Svalbard
Norwegian Rescue Dogs Training of avalanche rescue dogs on Svalbard 2019                              200 000 Svalbard
Svalbard Turn Neither bird nor fish - in a sea of plastic 2019                                 60 000 Svalbard
Challenges of Antarctica Challenges of Antarctica 2020 Expedition 2019                                 50 000 Antarctica
The Association of Greenlandic Children Sapiik 2019, 2020, 2021                              100 000 Greenland
Naturvernforbundet i Sør-Varanger Prestøy Liftup 2019                                 10 000 Norway
Oceans Initiative Southern Resident Killer Whale Conservation in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S and Canada 2019                              100 000 USA
Perleporten Kulturhus Capo Nord- establishment of ensemble in the North Cape Region 2019                                 75 000 Norway
Hjelmsøy Velforening Hjelmsøytreff 2019                                 90 000 Norway
Lenvik Municipality Parked piano 2019                                    6 000 Norway
SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography & Hurtigruten Science Programme Molecular Learning Laboratory  2019                                 30 280 Onboard
Sea Skrova   Sea Skrova Ocean Festival 2019                                 50 000 Norway
Disko Arts Festival Disko Arts Festival on Greenland 2019 2019                              191 556 Greenland
Nordkapp og Omegn turlag Skipsfjorden Outdoor Area 2019                              100 000 Norway
South Georgia Heritage Trust Enriching the Visitor Experience at Grytviken 2019                              112 623 South Georgia
World Wildlife Federation (WWF) Plastic in the Ocean 2020                              200 000 Global
Norwegian Sea Rescue Society / Redningsselskapet Safety along the Norwegian coastline 2020                              200 000 Norway
Artist Erika Kimberly Restoration of Iconic Midnight Sun Shoe Mosaic in Honningsvåg 2020                                 40 000 Norway
Træna Kommune Voluntary Week Træna (Dugnadsuke Træna)  2020                              100 000 Norway
RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds)  Gough Island Restoration 2020                              100 000 Gough Island / Tristan da Cunha
Climate Sentinels  Climate Sentinels expedition 2020                                 90 000 Svalbard
California Oceans Alliance Organisation Determining the amount of plastic exposure in the world’s largest predators in the most remote wilderness on the planet 2020                                 88 000 Antarctica
Oceanites Changes in the Vastly Warmed Antarctic Peninsula 2020                              183 248 Antarctica

In addition to direct donations, Hurtigruten Foundation's funds come from activities on board and at our hotels, such as auctions, fundraisers and Hurtigruten's "Green Stay" program. For every day you choose not to have your cabin or room cleaned, we will make a donation to the Hurtigruten Foundation. In addition, it helps to reduce the consumption of energy, detergents and water.

With minimal administrative expenses, the entire profit from the Hurtigruten Foundation goes to organisations and individuals who make a positive contribution to the areas where Hurtigruten operates. The foundation's board grants support twice a year.


The deadlines for applications for funding are 1 November and 1 May.

Download the application form and send to [email protected]

Being World leader in exploration travel comes with a responsibility we take seriously.
Through our common admiration and love for oceans, wildlife, local communities and the pristine destinations we explore, we invite you to join us and leave a footprint we can be proud of – through Hurtigruten Foundation.


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Learn more about our continued work in supporting science and sustainable projects that are tackling climate change, supporting local communities, and building awareness.

Read More

Learn more about our continued work in supporting science and sustainable projects that are tackling climate change, supporting local communities, and building awareness.


Sustainable operations, destinations and wildlife


Science, innovation & technology

Food waste

Local communities

Banning single use plastic

Education, research and science programmes

Caring for wildlife

Beach cleanups