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When the Norwegian government decided to create a connection between the north and the south, Richard With and his friend Anders Holthe took on the challenge of thoroughly mapping the seas along the coastline. In 1893, Captain Richard With’s steamer, DS Vesteraalen, was brought into regular service along the coast of Norway, and Hurtigruten was established.

Jonathan Tourtellot, National Geographic

DISCOVER 120 YEARS

OF MARITIME HISTORY

When the Norwegian government decided to create a

connection between the north and the south, Richard

With and his friend Anders Holthe took on the challenge

of thoroughly mapping the seas along the coastline.

In 1893, Captain Richard With’s steamer, DS Vesteraalen,

was brought into regular service along the coast of

Norway, and Hurtigruten was established.

120 years later Hurtigruten are still part of Norwegian

life and carry essential goods as well as people along the

stunning Norwegian coastline.

• 1893: The fi rst Hurtigruten voyage departs Trondheim

for Hammerfest, via 11 harbours.

• 1898: The Hurtigruten route expands southward to

include Bergen, with three departures a week.

• 1908: Kirkenes, near the Russian border, becomes the

northern turning point of the Hurtigruten voyage.

• 1993: A new era begins with the launch of the modern

ships. The modernisation of Hurtigruten’s fl eet

resulted in 10 new ships being added to the fl eet by

the end of 2007.

• 2008: Hurtigruten celebrates its 115th birthday.

For more than a century, its passenger and cargo ships

have connected Northern and Southern Norway.

• 2013: Hurtigruten celebrates its 120th birthday

and launches its 2014 Northern Lights programme

in February.

“Hurtigruten is uniquely identifi ed with the country it operates in.

That’s not true with conventional cruise liners.”

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