Hurtigruten Group

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Hurtigruten ASA (HRG)
Type Public
Industry Transport
Founded 1866 as Troms Fylkes Dampskibsselskap.
Headquarters Tromsø, Norway
Area served Norway
Arctic
Antarctica
Key people Daniel Skjeldam (CEO)
Products Bus transport
Ferry transport
Freight shipping
Cruise ships
Revenue Increase NOK 3,300 million (2013)
Operating income Increase NOK 261 million (2013)
Net income Increase NOK 26 million (2013)
Employees 1,757 (2013)
Subsidiaries TIRB
Website www.hurtigruten.no/Norge/
MS Kong Harald (coastal express) in Moldefjorden.
MS Fram in Upernavik, Greenland.
MS Richard With (coastal express) off Bodø.
MS Kong Harald (coastal express) in Geirangerfjord.

Hurtigruten Group (OSE: HRG) is a Norwegian transport corporation with headquarters in Narvik, Norway. The company provides services in bus transport, passenger ferry transport, automobile ferry transport, cruise ships, and tourism planning — in addition to operating Hurtigruten, the coastal ferry service along the Norwegian coast from which it takes its name. [1] The company is listed on Oslo Stock Exchange.

History[edit]

Hurtigruten Group is the result of a merger between the two previous operators of the Hurtigruten service: Ofotens og Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab (OVDS) and Troms Fylkes Dampskibsselskap (TFDS). TFDS was founded in 1866, and OVDS was established in 1868.

Operations[edit]

Hurtigruten coastal express service[edit]

Hurtigruten Group is the sole operator of the Hurtigruten (literally "The Fast Route"), a daily passenger ferry, cruise, and shipping line along the western and northern Norwegian coast. [1] It operates between the southern Bergen and northeastern Kirkenes. A total of 11 ships operate the route. [2] HRG also owns 50% of the short sea liner Nor Lines.

Cruise ships[edit]

Several former Hurtigruten ships now operate as cruise ships to Antarctica, departing from Ushuaia on the Argentine Tierra del Fuego. The route can include the Falkland Islands and South Georgia Islands.[3] Hurtigruten Group acquired the MS Fram for their tour cruises in Greenland.[2]

Other cruises include touring: Iceland,[4] the Mediterranean Region coasts and ports,[5] and the 'Trans-Atlantic Voyage' from Las Palmas in the Canary Islands to Buenos Aires, Argentina.[6]

Buses[edit]

Hurtigruten Group owns 70,15% of TIRB, a Norwegian transport company based in Finnsnes, Troms. TIRB owns the bus companies Tromsbuss, TIRB Rutene AS (subsidiary), and Ofotens Bilruter, the three major bus system operators in northern Norway.

Car ferries[edit]

Hurtigruten Group operates a number of roll-on/roll-off car ferries in Nordland, Troms, Finnmark and Møre og Romsdal.

Tourism[edit]

The group owns a number of travel related companies, including the tour operator Spitsbergen Travel, two hotels in Bergen, and a number of travel agencies in Norway and abroad.

The Hurtigruten Museum is a maritime museum about the 'Hurtigruten' that is located in the port city of Stokmarknes, Norway. The MS Finnmarken, retired from the coastal express and a museum ship now, is located on shore beside the Hurtigruten Museum.

Current fleet[edit]

Current ships of the HGR fleet include: [2]

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