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Galápagos Islands Cruises

Witness evolution in action

Galápagos Expedition Cruises

Join us on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage of discovery as we witness the iconic wildlife and spectacular landscapes of the Galápagos Islands. This remarkable archipelago is where Darwin developed his theory of evolution, and even today it remains an ecology hotspot and a haven for nature lovers. Sailing aboard our comfortable and small expedition ship Santa Cruz II, and with a team of expert local guides to accompany us, you’ll find out for yourself just why these islands are one of the most inspiring places on the planet.

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  • Explore the Galápagos on our small, well-equipped, expedition ship - MS Santa Cruz II, where safety and sustainability come first. Sail in style and comfort so you’re relaxed, rested, and ready for adventure.

Galápagos Islands expedition cruises

  • Renowned for their exceptional biodiversity, the Galapagos Islands are home to a wide range of plant and animal species found nowhere else on Earth. As you explore these volcanic islands you can meet the iconic Galapagos Giant Tortoises, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and other endemic species.

  • With our small ship MS Santa Cruz II, we sail amongst these islands and take you away from the crowds for an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe wildlife up close in their natural habitats.

Charles Darwin’s Legacy

  • The Galapagos Islands played a crucial role in shaping Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and his ground-breaking work “On the Origin of Species”. We look to continue his legacy and help guests understand the impact of Darwin with planned visits to the Charles Darwin Research Station*.

  • Through our Science & Education program, we offer a few opportunities to get involved and continue his legacy and our understanding of the natural world.

*Only available on selected voyages.

Extraordinary wildlife

Following in Darwin’s footsteps, we bring you up close to the wildlife that inspired him, such as Galapagos giant tortoises, Blue-footed Boobies and land iguanas.

Guest enjoying the view from the stern of MS Maud. Photo: Tom Woodstock/Ultrasharp

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Expedition-style encounters

Explore the remarkable wildlife and ecosystems of the Galápagos Islands in small groups aboard expedition boats, guided by our Expedition Team.

Activities in the Galápagos Islands

Galápagos is one of the planet’s most beautiful and ecologically fascinating destinations. You’ll find out why conservation efforts are so important here as you experience the wonders of these unique islands first hand. Immerse yourself in nature as you venture to off-the-beaten track locations to try sea kayaking, SUP boarding, reef snorkelling and more. Here are some of the activities you can join.

Mashpi Reserve: A Luxury Rainforest Retreat (Pre)

Stay at the luxurious Mashpi Lodge and explore the Ecuadorian rainforest on a wild adventure on a 5-day tour.

Jungle Adventure in Ecuador´s Amazon (Post)

Go wildlife watching in the Amazon rainforest, staying in a luxury ecolodge in the heart of the jungle.

Post-Programme Ecuadorian Amazon Adventure

Go wildlife watching in the Amazon rainforest, staying in a luxury ecolodge in the heart of the jungle.

* Please note that these are optional activities; an additional cost may apply.

An action-packed itinerary

For most, a trip to the Galápagos is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We'll take you to a range of the best spots to see Galápagos wildlife and take part in activities to make it an unforgettable expedition cruise.

Expedition Team Galápagos Islands

Your Expedition Team are experts in Galápagos tours with many years of experience showing guests their home islands. They’ll join you on shore landings, hikes, kayaking and boat trips, sharing their knowledge of ecology and natural history, and explaining conservation efforts as you explore. With only around 11 guests per expedition guide, you’ll enjoy a more tailored Galápagos cruise.

Wildlife watching

Your Galápagos adventure is effectively one continuous wildlife watching experience! Using boats, kayaks, snorkels and your own legs, you’ll get close – but not too close – to the Galápagos Islands wildlife you know from TV nature documentaries.

Galápagos wildlife

Get set for one continuous Galápagos wildlife watching experience. Each island offers something unique, and as we sail between them we’ll bel earning about the endemic species that have evolved here. Ever since naturalist Charles Darwin put the islands on the map in 1835, these remote and beautiful islands have held us in their thrall. The list of what you can see is long: giant tortoises, turtles, land and marine iguanas, Darwin’s finches, numerous bird species including blue and red-footed boobies and Galápagos penguins, and much more besides.

Welcome onboard MS Santa Cruz II

When travelling to Galápagos with Hurtigruten Expeditions you are supporting nature-based projects that mitigate the impacts of climate change and seek to protect biodiversity in the region. Specifically Fundación Futuro, an Ecuadorian NGO, with the protection of the rainforest in the Choco Bioregion, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Conscious travel

One of the marvels of the Galápagos Islands is that much of the wildlife is unafraid of humans. As we explore on our Galápagos cruises, we ensure we do nothing that might disturb the wildlife and ecosystems and leave as small a footprint as possible.

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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