Dover - North Cape - Dover: Northern Lights and Fjords Expedition

Dover - North Cape - Dover: Northern Lights and Fjords Expedition

Dover - North Cape - Dover: Northern Lights and Fjords Expedition

Dover - North Cape - Dover: Northern Lights and Fjords Expedition

Travel information 15 days MS Maud
9 February 2022
23 February 2022
9 March 2022
Price from £ 5332
£ 3599
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Experience the Northern Lights and learn all about this spectacular phenomenon
  • Explore Norway’s amazing coastline in winter
  • Join in on fun winter activities
  • Learn about Norwegian culture, history and nature with our Expedition Teams

Hurtigruten offers unique cruises to some of the world´s most remote and pristine waters. As with all expeditions, nature prevails. Weather and snow conditions can determine the final itinerary. Safety and ultimate guest experiences are our top priorities. Our itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaption, be it unexpected natural elements or exciting wildlife opportunities. That’s why we call it an expedition.

Dover - North Cape - Dover: Northern Lights and Fjords Expedition Dover - North Cape - Dover: Northern Lights and Fjords Expedition
  • Day 1

    Northern Exposure

    We set our course north from Dover towards the coast of Norway´s magical, snow-covered landscape as we hunt for the Northern Lights. 

    This amazing natural phenomenon is the result of disturbances caused by solar wind - creating a cosmic lightshow of dazzling colour and complexity. Your chances of experiencing the Northern Lights improve the farther north we go. 

    As we pass the white cliffs of Dover and head across the North Sea. Stretch your sea legs and get to know MS Maud. Find the amenities you like best – the Science Center, the hot tubs, the Explorer lounge, or maybe a favourite spot on deck. You may want to find that spot later if our hunt for the Aurora proves successful. 

    Later in the evening we will call on the port of Harwich, which is one of the most important ports on the Essex coast and boasts a rich connection with much of England’s maritime history. Harwich has a strong maritime pedigree, and was the departure point of several expeditions of discovery for such famous explorers as Sir Francis Drake, Sir Richard Hawkins, and Sir Martin Frobisher. Perhaps most famously, the town was the home port of the Pilgrim ship ‘Mayflower’ and birthplace of her captain, Christopher Jones. In line with its history, and to celebrate the start of our journey, we will have a local Sea Shanty performance for you to enjoy before crossing the North Sea.  

    Day 1

    Northern Exposure

  • Day 2
    At sea

    Norway Bound

    Enjoy a day at sea as we head north to the Norwegian coastline.

    Meet our Expedition Team, who prepare you for exciting adventures ahead. Listen in on talks by these experienced explorers who share their extensive knowledge about places, people and natural phenomena we are likely to encounter, like the Northern Lights.

    Or maybe you just want to kick back and relax. Admire the views, try some of the ship’s cuisine that caught your eye on the menu, or settle into a good book while enjoying this day at sea. 

    Day 2
    At sea

    Norway Bound

  • Day 3

    City of Natural Highs

    Welcome to Stavanger – known for its many nearby natural attractions, including famous Pulpit Rock and long sandy beaches along the North Sea.

    The Stavanger region is on the radar of nearly every visitor to Norway. Many different nationalities are drawn to the area, making it a highly international destination. Its cosmopolitan nature is reflected in the city’s lively, urban ambience, with creative food menus, fun pubs and bars, and a booming cultural scene.

    Stavanger’s proud history is never far from sight. Old Stavanger has Europe’s best-preserved wooden house area with more than 170 white wooden structures dating back to the 1700s.

    Stavanger is also Europe’s oil and energy capital. Visit the Norwegian Petroleum Museum to learn more about Norway’s most important industry through modern interactive exhibits. See how oil and gas were formed millions of years ago, as well as how petroleum is found, produced and consumed. Feeling adventurous? You can slide down an escape chute used on offshore oil and gas platforms.

    While it’s less likely to spot the Northern Lights this far south, it does happen. Keep your eyes on the northern edge of the horizon.

    • Included The Norwegian Petroleum Museum
    Day 3

    City of Natural Highs

  • Day 4

    Art Nouveau and Aquatic Species

    Today you arrive in the charming small city of Ålesund - renowned for its beautiful art nouveau architecture. This owes to a devastating fire that burned a large part of the city to the ground in 1904. The entire town was subsequently rebuilt in the fashionable art nouveau style of the time.

    Take the opportunity to wander Ålesund’s charming cobblestone streets and admire the numerous spires, towers and highly-ornate buildings.

    Norway is a seafood nation and Ålesund is its fisheries capital. Take the opportunity to visit the Norwegian Aquarium - built directly into the rocky coastline, the aquarium is also an architectural marvel. Due to excellent oceanic conditions along the Norwegian coast, the aquarium features a colourful and exciting range of fish and fauna, including octopus, seals and penguins.

    You can also choose one of our interesting optional excursions in and around this fascinating coastal Norwegian city.

    • Included Ålesund - The Norwegian Aquarium
    Day 4

    Art Nouveau and Aquatic Species

  • Day 5

    Home of Famous Torghatten

    Welcome to Brønnøysund - a vibrant and pretty little town of 5,000 folks located on a narrow peninsula surrounded by islands and sea.

    You are now at the halfway mark along Norway’s long coastline. Brønnøysund is near the famous mountain with a hole in the middle - Torghatten.

    Brønnøysund is also the gateway to Vega Island – a UNESCO World Heritage site, which was granted UNESCO status because of how the community demonstrates its centuries-old sustainable way of life. Remarkably, the islanders have thrived by practicing the now unique tradition of eider farming and duck down processing.

    As we leave Brønnøysund, we sail along the coast of Helgeland and pass the famous mountain range called the Seven Sisters. Legend has it that seven beautiful troll sisters were caught out at sunrise and turned to stone, creating the seven beautiful peaks.

    In the evening, we cross the Arctic Circle – and your chances to experience the Aurora grow.

    • Included Brønnøysund Town Walk and Concert
    Day 5

    Home of Famous Torghatten

  • Day 6
    Reine and Svolvær

    Discover Amazing Lofoten

    You won’t soon forget your first approach to Lofoten because of the formidable wall of mountains looming on the horizon.

    The Lofoten Islands are world famous for their distinctive dramatic peaks, sheltered bays and untouched beaches - and this is your day to explore them. Lofoten is also known for its excellent fishing, picturesque villages and exciting year-round activities.

    We dock at idyllic Reine in the morning. Fishermen´s huts dotting the shoreline and snowy granite peaks shooting out of the fjord make Reine one of the most frequently photographed landscapes in Norway.

    After departing Reine, we sail along the massive Lofoten wall to Svolvær.  The islands, steep mountains, beautiful beaches and bays we pass are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. In Svolvær, choose from a number of exciting outdoor and indoor activities. Intriguing shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants are scattered throughout the town.

    After a whole day exploring Lofoten, we sail to Trollfjord, an amazing place where vertical mountain walls surrealistically jut out of the sea. In winter, it’s not possible to sail into the fjord, so we admire this very special site at its entrance.

    Keep looking skyward to catch sight of the Northern Lights.

    • Included Reine - The Fishing Village of Å
    Day 6
    Reine and Svolvær

    Discover Amazing Lofoten

  • Day 7

    Gateway to the Arctic

    Looking for an adventurous winter wonderland? Tromsø is the perfect destination for winter activities and boasts a wide range of optional excursions to choose from depending on your interests.

    Enjoy a ride into the sky on the Fjellheisen cable car, with breathtaking views of the city, mountains, fjords - and hopefully the Aurora.

    Tromsø brims with fascinating history, culture and bold architecture. The Arctic Cathedral is a landmark in Tromsø visible from the Tromsø Sound, featuring a huge stained-glass window. Care to meet some friendly locals? Tromsø is home to the world’s northernmost brewery, Mack Bryggeri, which also runs Ølhallen, a lively pub where townspeople go for a chat and a beer.

    Other winter activities include optional excursions with our Expedition Team on nature hikes, and Aurora-focused bus rides.

    Tromsø is so far north that you may see the Northern Lights directly overhead.

    • Included Polaria Arctic Experience Centre
    • Included Fjellheisen
    Day 7

    Gateway to the Arctic

  • Day 8
    North Cape, Honningsvåg

    Edge of the World

    Today we visit one of the northernmost points in Europe, North Cape. This is also as far north as we go on this winter expedition cruise.

    Start the day by taking a scenic bus ride from the town of Honningsvåg. We pass small bays and tiny villages, then cross a mountain plateau before arriving at spectacular North Cape. At 71°10’21´N, North Cape is just 2,100 km away from the Geographic North Pole. Stand at the edge of the cliff and gaze out on the sea. Only the Svalbard Archipelago separates you from the North Pole. North Cape feels like the end of the world. It’s also a great place to take stunning photos and there will be enough time to visit the North Cape Hall´s cinema, showing a short film about the North Cape Plateau, and there are several exhibits open to visitors.

    Back in Honningsvåg, you can opt to stroll about, past charming houses, nice shops and a church that was the only structure left standing at the end of World War II.

    This is the ship’s turning point and from here we start our return trip southward. Keep looking skyward!

    • Included Honningsvåg - The North Cape
    Day 8
    North Cape, Honningsvåg

    Edge of the World

  • Day 9
    Finnsnes / Senja

    Hidden Gem of Coastal Norway

    Today we dock at Finnsnes, just across a bridge from the remarkable island of Senja, which Norwegians call the ‘fairytale island’ because of its spectacular nature.

    Senja is Norway’s second largest island and counts just under 8,000 inhabitants. As you might guess, fisheries and aquaculture are the dominant industries here. Cod and pollock are traditionally fished in Senja’s waters while salmon is farmed.

    The island is famous for its diverse landscapes and is often referred to as Norway in miniature. The scenery can dramatically change within the blink of an eye. The outer side of Senja is characterised by lofty mountains plummeting straight into the sea, interspersed with isolated coves and sandy beaches. South Senja is distinguished by rocky coastline and pine forests and is home to Ånderdalen National Park. The eastern side of Senja has a a gentler landscape with rolling hills and birch forests.

    There is little light pollution here, increasing your chances of seeing the Northern Lights.

    • Included Finnsnes - National Scenic Route in Senja
    Day 9
    Finnsnes / Senja

    Hidden Gem of Coastal Norway

  • Day 10
    Sea day

    Serenity of the Sea

    Today you can spend time in the ship’s Explorer lounge, soaking in a hot tub, or out on deck watching for the aurora. Our Expedition Team and on-board photography expert can help you locate the Northern Lights and take good pictures.

    The Expedition Team also continues its on-board lecture series, sharing their vast knowledge and experience about the geography, culture and history of Norway’s long and varied coastline.

    The team also summarizes the voyage so far and lets you know about plans for the exciting days ahead.

    Day 10
    Sea day

    Serenity of the Sea

  • Day 11
    Kristiansund and Molde

    Norwegian Alps and Viking Battles

    A brief stop in Kristiansund for guests wishing to take a trip along the Atlantic Road, to Molde.

    Kristiansund's location on four sea islands in the Norwegian Sea has steadily provided livelihoods in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries. Interested in history? A decisive battle between Danish and Norwegian Vikings was fought near here in 955 and later noted in the famous ‘Lives of the Norse Kings’ by Snorre Sturlasson.

    In the afternoon, we reach Norway’s ‘City of Roses’ – Molde, where you rejoin the ship again.

    • Included Kristiansund - The Atlantic Ocean Road
    Day 11
    Kristiansund and Molde

    Norwegian Alps and Viking Battles

  • Day 12

    Beautiful Bergen

    We arrive in Bergen, one of Norway’s most beautiful cities and a great place to explore by foot. Founded in 1070 AD, Bergen was Norway’s capital for many years. The city has retained a great deal of its local character, history and charm, and is a hub for Norwegian travel. Be sure to stroll through the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with its colourful wooden wharfs dating back to the 14th century.

    Back at sea level, wander the cobblestone streets and alleyways of this enchanting, compact city. Drop into one of its many cafés or pubs and order a half-litre of local Hansa beer, browse through unique boutiques and visit world-class museums.

    Spend the evening relaxing, maybe in the panoramic lounge or out on deck. While its less likely the Northern Lights will appear this far south, it does happen.

    • Included Bergen - The Fløibanen Funicular
    • Included Ulrikenbanen
    Day 12

    Beautiful Bergen

  • Day 13-14
    At Sea

    Leaving winter wonderland

    We’ll have departed Bergen the night before and be well on our way across the North Sea back towards Dover. As you leave Norway behind you, you might like to spend these two days at sea just fully unwinding from the excitement of the past two weeks.

    Relax into the panoramic views in the Explorer Lounge and make the most of the amenities of the ship, whether it’s a work-out in the gym or a session in the sauna. The onboard photographer will be on hand too with tips on how best to edit the array of Northern Lights photos you’ve captured. You’ll likely have a few hundred photos of scenic Norwegian landscapes, Arctic activities and aurora all the colours of the rainbow to sift through and sort out.

    Day 13-14
    At Sea

    Leaving winter wonderland

  • Day 15

    Return to England

    We pass the white cliffs of Dover during the early morning hours and dock at the city’s harbour. After breakfast, it’s time to leave your home for the past 14 days.

    As you head ashore, you’ll take with you the lifetime memories of Norway in winter - wonderful fjords, fascinating towns and cities, friendly people, and the magical Northern Lights.

    Welcome aboard again soon!

    Day 15

    Return to England



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What's included

Included in your voyage

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune and
  • A la carte restaurant Lindstrom included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English speaking 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 Center 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
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Loan of trekking poles and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings

Not included in your voyage

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


  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities expected
  • Norwegian Petroleum Museum is not available Dec 31
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MS Maud

Year built 2003
Ship yard Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)
Passenger capacity 528 (500 in Antarctica)
Beds 500
Gross tonnage 16,151 T
Length 135,75 m
Beam 21.5 m
Speed 15 knots
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Formerly the MS Midnatsol, the MS Maud is well-suited for expedition cruising.

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