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HX (Hurtigruten Expeditions), one of the founders of expedition cruising, has announced its 2025-2026 season, doubling down on growth destinations with the introduction of new ports, landings, and itineraries, as well as increased local integration and community engagement programming.

The season will showcase over 80 itineraries across five continents, building on HX’s reputation for creating new and innovative travel experiences in key expedition regions, including Alaska, Antarctica, Greenland and the Northwest passage. HX will further establish its footprint in warm waters following its inaugural season in West Africa (launching November 2023) and the successful introduction of three new Galapagos Islands itineraries in 2023.

“With 130 years of heritage in expedition cruising, we have more experience to draw on than any other operator,” said Alex Delamere-White, HX  chief commercial officer in a media announcement. “Our continued investment in the regions and experiences we know best has created a firm foundation. This heritage, combined with our product teams’ dedication to fostering connections with the people and places we visit, will lead to our strongest season yet.”

HX Navigates the Arctic Circle

The view in Svalbard, Norway.

HXs largest-ever Greenland season will include more sailings with the addition of a fourth vessel, MS Spitsbergen. The operator will also be one of the first to sail from Nuuk’s new airport (set to open in 2024), launching four itineraries, including three ‘Grand Greenland’ voyages that start and end in Nuuk: Icy Giants of Disko Bay, Mythical Lands of the North and Farthest North to Thule and Kane Basin.

In Iceland, HX adventures—including the Maritime Ring aboard the MS Maud—leave from Reykjavik, where HX became the first cruise company to connect to shoreside electricity there this fall.

In 2025, HX will introduce four new Arctic Canada sailings, all originating from or concluding at the new port in Nuuk, Greenland and encompassing two Northwest Passage crossings as well as increased engagement with Arctic Canada’s indigenous communities.

Meanwhile, HX expeditions will be there when the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard emerges from the polar winter into spring with a new Return of the Sun itinerary featuring immersive glacial hikes and kayaking safaris.

HX Heads to the South Pole and West Africa

The Bissagos Islands, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Heading to the opposite side of the globe, HX will draw on more than two decades of experience in programming Antarctic expeditions with 50 departures to the Seventh Continent.

HX is also poised to make a return to West Africa, where it will be the only cruise line to exclusively sail the archipelagos of both Cape Verde and the Bissagos Islands, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

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