HX-Hurtigruten Expeditions partners with Air Greenland to enhance Arctic travel experience

   June 23, 2024 ,   Cruise Industry

HX-Hurtigruten Expeditions has announced a strategic partnership with Air Greenland, aimed at enhancing the travel experience for its guests.

This collaboration positions HX as the first expedition cruise company to invest in such a partnership, supporting the development of Greenland’s tourism industry.

Starting in 2025, HX will offer direct flights to Nuuk, Greenland’s capital, and introduce 3 new ‘Grand Greenland’ itineraries aboard the hybrid-battery-powered MS Fridtjof Nansen. These voyages will focus on extended exploration of Greenland’s west coast and venture further north than ever before, including visits to Thule and Kane Basin, areas near the northernmost limits of the world.

Passengers will benefit from convenient departure and arrival times on Air Greenland flights, with routes from major hubs such as Copenhagen Denmark.

Moreover, the partnership will provide HX travelers with new pre- and post-cruise programs. These include stays at waterfront lodges in Ilimanaq with views of massive icebergs and unique local activities like fishing trips in Nuuk, offering an authentic Greenlandic cultural experience.

At a recent event in Nuuk, HX CEO Daniel Skjeldam emphasized the partnership's significance, stating that Greenland’s stunning landscapes and resilient people continually inspire them at HX and their commitment is to support Greenland’s sustainable development.

The partnership aims to enhance connectivity between Greenland and the rest of the world, fostering economic and social benefits.

"We are honoured to partner with Air Greenland in a way that upholds fairness and promotes sustainability, with the aim of setting a new standard for community-focused tourism," Skjeldam added.

Both HX and Air Greenland share a commitment to sustainable tourism, innovation, and community engagement. This collaboration extends beyond a commercial agreement, aiming to create significant growth opportunities for Greenland’s communities.

"Our mission is to ensure our guests leave with a deep appreciation and love for Greenland," Skjeldam concluded.