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Galápagos Islands Cruises

Witness evolution in action

Reasons to explore the Galápagos with us

Take 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 Charles Darwin developed his theory of evolution, and even today it remains an ecology hotspot and a haven for nature lovers. Join us onboard MS Santa Cruz II, and you’ll find out for yourself just why these islands are one of the most inspiring places on the planet.

Save up to 20% on all-inclusive adventure to the Galápagos

  • 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.

  • With our Price Promise, if you find the same cabin available for a lower price after you've booked, let us know and we'll give you back the difference.

Unique Biodiversity

  • 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

Save up to 20% on all-inclusive adventure to the Galápagos Islands

Wth the HX Price Promise. Book before 11th November 2024.

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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.

FAQs about travelling to the Galápagos Islands

What if you could discover the unforgettable wonders of the Galápagos Islands, Earth's natural wonderland? With Hurtigruten Expeditions, you can! Planning a trip to the Galápagos Islands might seem like a daunting task, but we are on hand to help. For over 120 years we have been exploring some of the most remote and pristine corners of the world, and from the world-leading expedition team onboard, to the captains and crew - we are the leaders in expedition travel. This handy FAQ and Travel Guide for the Galápagos Islands, will get you ready to start exploring these historic islands.

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 you are exploring the Galápagos islands with us onboard the MS Santa Cruz II, you will enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in high quality surroundings. The small size - with a guest capacity of maximum of 90 allows for a cozy yet classy environment in which to feel right at home.

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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