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Northern Lights Expedition Cruise from Dover – 15 days

Sail direct from Dover to the best of the Norwegian coast above and below the Arctic Circle. You’ll enjoy adventure under the active Auroral Zone, assured by our Northern Lights Promise of a free voyage if the aurora doesn’t occur. Engage in exciting optional winter excursions while you visit cosy cities, historic towns, and beautiful villages.

Lofoten - Norway - Aurora Borealis - Northern Lights

From the White Cliffs of Dover to Norway’s Arctic…

Board comfortable MS Maud in Dover bound for Norway. If winter weather on the North Sea doesn’t delay us too much, we’ll arrive in the bustling city of Bergen and ride the funicular to the panorama at Mount Fløyen. Next stop is Loen at the foot of Mount Hoven, the summit of which has views of Jostedalsbreen Glacier. Then, chill out at the Magic Ice bar in Svolvær and brush up on British WWII history in Narvik.

… and back! 

Alta in the Arctic boasts ideal skies for you to see the aurora, perhaps appearing above its artistic Northern Lights Cathedral. Then it’s on to Tromsø’s Polar Museum where you’ll discover the importance of this polar city and enjoy optional winter excursions. The fishing villages of Reine and Å in the Lofoten Islands are exceptionally pretty while Kalvåg is a hidden gem few ever see. We’ll attempt to go ashore on the islands of Mosterøy and Klosterøy or explore the heritage of Stavanger before returning to Dover.

Day 1: Day 1 - Dover

Goodbye Blighty

All aboard at Dover! MS Maud is here, ready and waiting to bring you north to Norway´s magical landscapes on the hunt for one of nature’s greatest spectacles: The Northern Lights.

Day 2: Day 2 - At Sea

And Relax!

This day at sea gives you all the time you need to ease into your journey. You’ll definitely want to start enjoying onboard facilities like the hot tubs, sauna, and indoor gym. But you’ll likely also be striking up a camaraderie with the Expedition Team as well as other crew members and guests.

Day 3: Day 3 - Bergen

Bergen, Norway

In the morning, you’ll get your first glimpse of the Norwegian coast as small islands and mountains appear on the horizon. We’ll leave the North Sea and enter scenic straits and fjords on our way to the Hanseatic city of Bergen. Depending on the weather when crossing the North Sea, we aim to arrive in Bergen in the afternoon. As our first port of call in Norway, and one of the country’s most picturesque cities, Bergen won’t disappoint.

Day 4: Day 4 - Nordfjord & Loen

We start the day with some scenic cruising into Nordfjord, passing Hornelen, Europe’s highest sea cliff, early in the morning. The fjord run offs from Jostedalsbreen, Europe’s largest mainland glacier, and flows west into the ocean just south of the Stadlandet peninsula.

Day 5: Day 5 - At Sea

Today you can spend time in the ship’s lounge, soaking in a hot tub, or out on deck. Whatever you do, don’t take your eyes off the scenery as we sail through Helgeland county and the thousands of islands of the lowland area. Pick out the peaks of the Seven Sisters mountain range, thought to be the petrified bodies of seven troll sisters caught out at sunrise. You’ll likely be amazed at Torghatten mountain too, with its distinct hole right through the middle. Local legend states that the mountain was in fact the troll-king’s hat which turned to stone when it was pierced through by an arrow.

Day 6: Day 6 - Svolvaer & Lofoten


There are just a few places on Earth where you can sail north of the Arctic Circle in wintertime. The Norwegian coast is one of them. The ship will officially cross over the Arctic Circle sometime in the morning. To mark the occasion in the tradition of Norwegian sailors, we’ll be inviting you out on deck for a special ceremony. Exactly what happens is something you’ll just have to find out on your cruise!

Day 7: Day 7 - Narvik & Ofoten

There are just a few places on Earth where you can sail north of the Arctic Circle in wintertime. The Norwegian coast is one of them. The ship will officially cross over the Arctic Circle sometime in the morning. To mark the occasion in the tradition of Norwegian sailors, we’ll be inviting you out on deck for a special ceremony. Exactly what happens is something you’ll just have to find out on your cruise!

Day 8: Day 8 - Alta

Alta - Norway - body of water

Alta lies in the vast wilderness of Finnmark county, well above the Arctic Circle at 70 degrees north. Welcome to the turning point of your expedition and to one of the northernmost towns in the world with a population over 10,000. We’ll arrive here in the early afternoon and plan to stay past midnight to stargaze and watch for the aurora in Alta’s usually clear skies. The town is directly beneath the Auroral Oval, a zone known for consistent Northern Lights activity. If the heavens aren’t overcast, and the conditions are right, you might well be in for quite the show…

Day 9: Day 9 - Tromso

Tromso Arctic cathedralTromso

It’s time to explore Tromsø, capital of the Arctic. But before we do, we’ll be on the watch for humpback whales out on deck or in the Explorer Lounge. Families of these gentle giants are known to frequent the winter waters here, feeding on the abundant herring. The Expedition Team will also be on the lookout and alert you to any sightings.

Day 10: Day 10 - Reine

Reine- Norway

In the morning, we dock into the picture-perfect fishing village of Reine back in the Lofoten Islands. This is where red-painted rorbuer cling to a string of islands beneath sharp granite mountain ranges. The 450-metre tall Reinebringen is one of the most distinctive peaks, particularly dramatic when layered with snow. The combination of setting and colour makes Reine one of the most photographed landscapes in all of Norway. You’ll be hoping the Northern Lights are active above the village when we are there, completing the composition of your own photo of this piece of paradise.

Day 11: Day 11 - At Sea

Part of being on an expedition is knowing how to enjoy the moment; taking time out to reconnect with nature and the world around you. So, settle into a sofa in the panoramic Explorer Lounge or soak in a hot tub out on deck, sit back and simply take in the serene scenery that rolls quietly by. We’ll be passing through the Vega archipelago today, made up of some 6,500 islands, islets, and skerries.

Day 12: Day 12 - Kalvag, West Coast Island

We welcome you to the little fishing village of Kalvåg, situated far out on the coastline with the open North Sea to the west. Its name literally means ‘Frozen Bay’ in the Old Norse. This probably gives you an indication that it isn’t always possible for our ship to make a landing here and that it does depends on the local weather and sea conditions at the time.

Day 13: Day 13 - Mosteroy, South West Island


Your final day of exploration begins as we arrive at Mosterøyand Klosterøy in the morning, two of the myriads of islands that lie around the city of Stavanger. The islands are relatively exposed to the sea and so our going ashore here will be decided based on how kind the waves and wind are on the day.

Day 14: Day 14 - At Sea

Your expedition is fast coming to an end. By this stage of your journey, you’ll have made friends with your fellow explorers, finding that you have much in common in terms of your interests and passion for nature. You can spend time chatting with them over a snack at the bistro-like Fredheim, perhaps recalling the best moments of your expedition together. Enjoy drinks at the Explorer Bar while swapping friendly banter and stories of past adventures. You might even catch a couple of the crew and Expedition Team here too.

Day 15: Day 15 - Dover

We pass the white cliffs of Dover during the early morning hours and dock at the city’s harbour. After a final breakfast, it’ll be time to say a fond farewell to the ship, the Captain, crew, Expedition Team, and your new-found friends.

What’s included

Included in your voyage:

  • Expedition Cruise
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune and Fredheim
  • A la carte restaurant Lindstrom included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Please not that we sail in remote areas so the connection will be very limited and as a result streaming is not supported
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Centre which has an extensive library, biological and geological microscopes and samples
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna and indoor gym and outdoor gym

Landing Activities

  • Landings using our fleet of small expedition boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographer to help with your camera settings before landings

What’s not included in your voyage:

  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Spa treatments

Life On Board

MS Maud, previously MS Midnatsol, is named after one of the most famous polar vessels of all time, Roald Amundsens “Maud” from 1917. The ship is being refurbished with it being completed in 2021 in time for this voyage. The ship has been redesigned to make it ideal for expedition cruises with it equipped with advanced technology.

The ship’s design has been kept in line with the Scandinavian design that is associated with the classic Hurtigruten feel. MS Maud features natural Scandinavian materials like granite, oak, birch and wool, to create a relaxed and stylish atmosphere.

On board is the interactive Science Centre where can get involved with the learning tools and state of the art technology. You can see the work that the Hurtigruten team are doing to allow us to enjoy travel sustainably. For spectacular views, the outdoor Observation deck or the Explorer lounge and bar are the places you need to be.

Hurtigruten as a company focuses on sustainable travel and is the core of their business. They want to encourage us to the see the world without causing disruption to the wildlife and natural habitat of the areas. As a result, the company’s aim is to be completely emission free. As the first cruise line in the world, Hurtigruten is permanently introducing biodiesel as fuel on a number of ships – including MS Maud.

Biodiesel reduces (CO2) emissions with up to 80 % (compared to regular marine diesel). Hurtigruten’s environmentally certified biodiesel is produced from waste from industries such as fisheries and agriculture – which means no palm oil is used in the biofuel production and no negative effects on rainforests. Hurtigruten will use biodiesel in combination with other low-emission fuel. Single use plastic is also banned on all the Hurtigruten fleet. It is also equipped for shore power, completely eliminating emissions when docked in ports with shore power facilities.

Hurtigruten really does come into its own with its on-board Expedition team. Passionate and experienced about all things Expedition Cruising and seeing the places off the beaten track, the team host lectures, presentation programmes and activities on a regular basis.

Features at a glance:

  • Expedition Team
  • Three restaurants
  • Explorer bar lounge
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sauna
  • Hot tubs
  • Fitness room

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