Hurtigruten looks at expedition expansion

But first, new CEO is focussing on cutting costs

Hurtigruten’s new chief executive wants to expand the expedition side of the line, he told TTG Digital at the Clia UK and Ireland Cruise Conference last week. Daniel Skjeldam said the company had “long-term plans to grow”.
In particular, he said he wanted to see an increased presence in the Arctic, Greenland and Spitsbergen.
“We had two ships in Spitsbergen last year and two ships in the Arctic in 2002, but we have one ship in the region at the moment and I want to be larger in the expedition sector,” he said.
But he added that an expansion with new ships was unlikely in the immediate term. For now, Skjeldam is focussing on streamlining costs.
“I want to be larger in the expedition sector, and this is something that could be on the cards in the next few years, but at the moment we are focussing on being profitable,” he said.
Skjeldam, who joined Hurtigruten last year from the airline Norwegian, said he was bringing with him lessons learned from his previous job. This includes a focus on reducing costs, including 40 jobs recently cut at Hurtigruten’s main office in Norway.
TTG Digital
[pictured: Aurora Borealis outside the coast of Finnmark during voyage with MS Polarlys, courtesy Hurtigruten, © Ivan Mervillie]