It takes a passion for travel and dedication to conservation to become an expedition leader in Antarctica. Hurtigruten’s Karin Strand talks about the future of sustainable polar expedition cruising.
What led you to your role as an Antarctic expedition leader?
I grew up among fjords and glaciers on the Norwegian coast. In 1998, I joined Hurtigruten, sailing along Norway’s coastline, and when we began sailing to Antarctica in 2002, I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve since had the pleasure of traveling to Antarctica over 100 times!
Beyond spectacular scenery and wildlife, what are the surprises in Antarctica?
No one leaves Antarctica untouched. Everyone falls in love with the profound emotions that the continent inspires, which words and pictures cannot describe.
What is the biggest takeaway from a voyage to Antarctica?
Guests genuinely want to become conservationists and ambassadors for Antarctica, which coincides well with our company goals: We are passionate about sustainability and protecting the destinations in which we sail. We just banned all single-use plastics on board, and we’ve cleaned up plastic from the beaches where we operate. We have a special responsibility to protect these areas for future generations.
What’s the buzz about MS Roald Amundsen launching in 2019?
MS Roald Amundsen will set a new standard for environmentally conscious expedition cruising. The design of the ship’s hull, energy saving on board and use of hybrid electric power will reduce fuel emissions by 20 percent and allow guests to sail without engine noise for short periods of time.
What can we anticipate in onboard education?
I am most excited about the advanced Science Center. Our guests will be fully immersed alongside our expedition team when collecting data from the most remote areas of our planet. With this research, we will be able to help protect our planet and bridge the gap between science and tourism.
Explore more: In a special video, Karin Strand takes you behind the scenes on MS Roald Amundsen in our digital publication. Visit our website, and enter offer EW14936 to read more, and contact us to reserve your spot today.