Hurtigruten to step up operations in July

HurtigrutenPhoto: Roald Amundsen / Rune Stoltz Bertinussen / NTB

From July, Hurtigruten will put all seven ships in scheduled traffic between Bergen and Kirkenes into full operation.

“We have great hopes for the summer,” CEO Hedda Felin of Hurtigruten Norway said.

In a press release, Hurtigruten pointed to strong growth in booking figures for the last six months of this year. 

The prospect of a European vaccine passport soon being introduced, which could ease international travel restrictions, has also led to an increase in the number of bookings.

Increased traffic

Since the New Year, five ships have been in traffic between Bergen and Kirkenes to maintain freight and local traffic. 

The final two ships, MS Nordlys, will be back on the route from Bergen on July 4. MS Nord-Norge will follow after July 10.

“We are bringing back all the laid-off sea-employees. At the same time, we are hiring more colleagues on the ships to be ready for a safe and secure escalation (of traffic),” Felin noted.

Last week, Hurtigruten reported a loss before tax of EUR 56 million in the first quarter, corresponding to NOK 540 million.

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