Hurtigruten is opening its new U.S. headquarters in Seattle, WA on September 29th.

The opening of the offices comes at a time when Hurtigruten is "significantly growing its presence within the competitive adventure and expedition travel space in the U.S. market," said a statement.

“This is a tremendous milestone for the company as we continue to expand our U.S. operations,” said Daniel Skjeldam, CEO of Hurtigruten. “The demand is growing within the expedition travel segment and   the building of a world-class office and consumer-centric facility comes at a perfect time for our continued growth in the U.S.”

“Adventure and Expedition Travel are the fastest growing segments in the travel industry today and the USA is one of the largest source markets for this particular segment,” said Gordon Dirker, Managing Director of Hurtigruten North America. “After we reentered the US market in partnership with an external sales and marketing company nearly 4 years ago, we have grown our business to a level that justifies the opening of our very own US headquarters in Seattle.  Fully staffed by a team of expert sales and marketing professionals we continue to be aggressively focused on growing our sales in the largest of all explorer cruising markets.  These are very exciting times for our company.”                  

The milestone will be marked on September 29 with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Kim Nesselquist, Norwegian Honorary Consul. A longtime resident of the Northwest, Nesselquist was selected for one of the most prestigious honors given by his native country in 2012: Knight First Class to the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit.