In 1896 we set out on a journey of exploration from our homeland in Norway. Driven by a passion to discover what lies beyond the horizon, we sailed in the wake of the pioneering seafarers who were redrawing the boundaries of our world.

Today, we’re leaders in expedition cruising, taking you to those places that lure the curious traveller. Whether it’s spotting polar bears in the pristine landscapes of the Arctic, watching marine iguanas bask on the Galápagos Islands, or getting up close to Antarctica's penguins in our stylish, purpose-built expedition ships, an HX expedition brings you closer to a world of wonder.

With onboard lectures and science centres, your expedition team will illuminate your mind with talks about history, culture, science and art, ensuring you return home with a deep understanding and love of the places you explore.

Our mission is to be the world’s most-sustainable expedition company. In 2023 we were awarded “Best ESG Ranking of a Cruise Company” by Morningstar Sustainalytics. We've led the industry by being the first to eliminate single-use plastics and heavy fuel oils, and our hybrid-powered cruise ships were a world first.


Strong measures are in place to protect the natural world and local communities – the company is currently in the process of their most ambitious sustainability initiative ever: to develop zero-emission ships tailored to the Norwegian coast by 2030.

We love HX's focus on authentic experiences, from visiting local produce suppliers in Lofoten to meeting an indigenous Sámi family in their traditional gamme.

On all voyages you won’t just see the Norwegian coast; you’ll taste it too. As they sail its length, they pick from its pantry, sourcing the finest homegrown produce from the ports they visit.

the HX difference

Expect the unexpected

 Embarking on an expedition, you’ll be travelling to some of the most remote and pristine places on the planet. These are areas where nature reigns supreme and where wildlife live free. Itineraries on our expedition cruises are not completely set in stone. This gives us the flexibility of responding to challenging elements and to grasp new opportunities for exploration as they arise. The option to divert from our course is an essential and exciting aspect of expedition cruises.

The destinations

Go beyond the usual highlights and iconic cities, going further to remote communities and hidden vistas few get to see. Encounter rare and exotic wildlife all around you, from elks to eagles, penguins to polar bears, and walruses to whales. An expedition cruise with us ventures to places many have only ever dreamed about: Antarctica, Alaska, Norway, Lake Titicaca, the Northwest Passage, Machu Picchu, the Caribbean, the Gálapagos Islands, Svalbard, the British Isles… the list goes on.

Experts in exploration

A handpicked Expedition Team of experts will be with you every step of the way, keeping you safe on landings and revealing details, facts, and stories that enhance your sense of wonder. Each team member brings decades of experience to your expedition. Members come from all over the world and from all walks of life. You’ll find each of them to be a walking treasure trove of fascinating facts and charming stories. Together, they’ll enhance your experience and take your expedition to a whole new level.

Our ships

Our expedition fleet ranges from small and agile ships to medium-sized, hybrid-powered vessels. At home on your haven at sea, you’ll experience an informal, welcoming atmosphere, comfortable cabins, luxurious suites, and stylish interiors made from natural materials. All are modern ice-class ships suitable for polar sailing, combining advance technology with efficient engines and light fuels. Onboard Science Centers act as the heart and hub of the ship, featuring advanced microscopes with an impressive array of biological and geological slides.

Taking sustainability seriously

Exploring our blue planet for more than a century has taught us the importance of being green. Over decades, our Captains and crew, Expedition Teams and returning guests have witnessed the impact of climate change on vulnerable polar areas with their own eyes. We want the Arctic, Antarctica, and everywhere in between to remain places of pristine nature, pure water and clean air. Sustainability is at the heart of who we are and what we do. From the beautiful natural world to remote communities, we want to ensure our expedition cruises protect them both.

Life Changing Exploration

We’re a journey into the soul of a place. Reset your state-of-mind, and find yourself in the wild wonders of the world. Hike, paddle, camp, zodiac. Then learn, discover, explore and interact. Follow your curiosity and go beyond the surface. Discover unexpected stories, hidden cultures, and unique one-and-only experiences at every turn.

Campfire Spirit

Bask in the thrill of adventure, then in the warm glow of conversation as you share stories and memories with fellow explorers, scientists and crew alike. Feel enriched not just with what you’ve seen, but animated discussions of what you’ve learned. Kindle inspiration. Challenge ideas. Spark your intellect. Feel your horizons expand with perspectives and kindred spirits from around the world. 

Casual and Authentic Style

Retreat to a warm haven on the seas, where you can lounge and relax in effortless comfort, recharge with spa and fitness in gourmet cuisine. Whether you want to work out or chill out, explore the uncharted in sophisticated yet laid-back Scandinavian style. 

Thirst for Knowledge

We’re not for the tourist. We’re for the curious, Learn the story and science behind what you see, with onboard Science Centres and in-depth expert-led lectures on history, climate change, wildlife and other topics. Participate in real-world field research and help provide invaluable data to the scientific community. With state-of-the-art scientific equipment and on-board scientists, our ships don’t just take you to the frontiers of the world – they’re advancing the frontiers of discovery.

Mindful adventures

We go further, but tread lighter. We are the #1 sustainable expedition brand in the world, with a history of pioneering firsts. First cruise to stop using heavy fuel oil. First to ban single use plastic. First battery-powered hybrid ship. Best ESG ranking in the industry. Beyond being one of the most-awarded operators for sustainability, we visit communities with respect, ensure local sourcing and benefits and leave nothing but footprints. All to ensure we bring positive impact to each place we visit. 

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