Originally a ferry and cargo operator providing an express shipping route between Trondheim and Tromsø, Hurtigruten was founded in 1883. Today, the company offers daily passenger and freight shipping services along Norway’s western and northern coasts, between Bergen and Kirkenes. Hurtigruten has 11 ships that carry guests and freight, stopping at 34 ports (a round trip takes 12 days). Hurtigruten has also branched out to offer ‘explorer voyages’ to Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland, Spitsbergen and across the Atlantic. The company is also something of a leader in sustainable exploration in the polar regions: Hurtigruten’s ‘intimately scaled’ expedition ships take passengers around the world, while leaving the ‘smallest environmental footprint possible’.