Hurtigruten recruits ‘chief aurora chaser’ for Northern Lights sailings

Hurtigruten is claiming to have appointed the world’s first ‘chief aurora chaser’ as it attempts to bolster its Northern Lights sailings.

The cruise line will host astronomer Tom Kerss on designated voyages, where he will lead talks and workshops while organising “engaging and guest-focused” activities.

Hurtigruten chief executive Hedda Felin said: “With Tom Kerss as our very own chief aurora chaser, the world’s first-ever as far as we know, we’re taking our Northern Lights commitment to new heights.”

The cruise line has also extended the period covered by its ‘Northern Lights Guarantee’, meaning the offer begins in mid-September rather than October.

Kerss said: “Norway is undeniably the premier location for experiencing the Northern Lights, and Hurtigruten provides an unparalleled platform for travellers to witness this celestial marvel.”

Hurtigruten has also introduced select astronomy sailings for 2025/26, allowing guests to travel with “renowned” experts while enjoying lectures and Northern Lights viewings.

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