Christmas Expedition Cruise from Dover

Christmas Expedition Cruise from Dover

Christmas Expedition Cruise from Dover

Christmas Expedition Cruise from Dover

Travel information 15 days MS Maud
23 December 2023
Price from
5091 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Add some Norwegian magic to your Christmas and New Year with an expedition cruise along Norway’s beautiful coast – bringing together yuletide traditions and the spectacular Northern Lights in one unique experience.

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Starting from Dover, you’ll enjoy a unique Christmas experience on our comfortable expedition ship as we sail to Norway. We’ll celebrate Christmas at sea and reach the wild and spectacular Nordfjord on Boxing Day, where you can explore the picture-perfect village of Loen. Next, in the stunning Lofoten islands, you’ll visit one of the best-preserved traditional fishing villages in Norway.

Sailing further, Alta, situated at 70°N, it’s one of the most northerly towns in the world and one of the best places to see the Northern Lights. In the Arctic capital of Tromsø, you’ll learn about its polar history and get the chance to go on some exciting excursions.

Starting the New Year on an adventure

Basking in the light of the Polar Night, we continue north to Narvik and see in the new year in style. As our special New Year’s party reaches its climax and the clock counts down to midnight, you’ll welcome in 2024 in a totally unique way.

We’ll head off the beaten track exploring some of mid-Norway's islands and fjords for two magical days – expedition style! You’ll round off your journey exploring Bergen’s UNESCO-listed Bryggen district and charming Egersund before ending your expedition cruise back where it all began, in Dover.

Christmas Expedition Cruise from Dover Christmas Expedition Cruise from Dover
  • Day 1

    Setting off from the White Cliffs 

    23 December 2023

    Start your magical winter cruise to Norway from the white cliffs of Dover

    If you have time, take a walk alongside or atop Dover’s iconic white cliffs before embarking your comfortable expedition ship, MS Maud.

    Once on board, you’ll pick up your complimentary expedition jacket, settle into your cabin, and attend a mandatory safety drill. When the ship sets sail, your Christmas and New Year’s adventure to the Arctic is officially underway!

    Later in the evening, we’ll call on the port of Harwich, which is one of the most important ports on the Essex coast. To celebrate the start of our journey, you’ll enjoy a local sea shanty performance before crossing the North Sea.

    Day 1

    Setting off from the White Cliffs 

  • Day 2-3
    At sea

    Norway bound - God Jul to all!

    24 December 2023 - 25 December 2023

    Spend two comfortable days at sea and experience a Christmas like no other

    You’ll have a truly memorable Christmas as we sail to Norway over the next two days. You can relax in the sauna, soak in a hot tub or listen to insightful lectures from the Expedition Team. They’ll share their extensive knowledge about the places, Christmas traditions, history, and natural phenomena you are likely to encounter.

    On Christmas Day, we’ll sit down to a meal inspired by the Christmas dinner that Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen ate on his expedition to the North Pole in 1893. Washed down with a generous glass (or more) of local akevitt (snaps) and beer, this is one Christmas you’ll remember for years to come!

    Day 2-3
    At sea

    Norway bound - God Jul to all!

  • Day 4
    Outside Loen

    Fjord side to mountain top in five

    26 December 2023

    Soak up stunning mountain views in Loen, the tiny village that has it all

    Today marks the start of Romjulen, the quieter period between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Many Norwegians head to the slopes to go skiing or sledding. You’ll be admiring the scenic winter landscapes as we sail into Norway’s sixth-longest fjord, Nordfjord.

    Thanks to the smaller size of our ship, you’ll get closer to the scenery and small communities Norway is famous for. One such place is Loen, a tiny fishing village dating back to pre-Viking times. In the shadow of the mighty Jostedalsbreen glacier, at the very heart of Nordfjord, Loen is the perfect place to explore the gorgeous surroundings.

    Day 4
    Outside Loen

    Fjord side to mountain top in five

  • Day 5
    At sea

    Cruising the coastal inner route towards the Arctic

    27 December 2023

    Enjoy a restful day at sea and cross the Arctic Circle as we sail north

    Relax in the ship’s Explorer Lounge or take in the scenery out on deck as we sail through Helgeland county, home to the Seven Sisters mountain range.

    The Expedition Team continues its onboard lecture series and there may be a photography workshop, giving you top tips on how to capture the best Northern Lights images.

    It’s the Polar Night above the Arctic Circle, but it won't be complete darkness. You’ll get to experience the very romantic ‘blue hour’. This is an extended twilight where the winter sun glows just below the horizon, bathing Norway’s fjords and mountains in a dreamy cobalt-blue light.

    Day 5
    At sea

    Cruising the coastal inner route towards the Arctic

  • Day 6

    Idyllic island life

    28 December 2023

    Explore Reine, one of the most photographed villages in all of Norway

    Welcome to the picture-perfect fishing village of Reine in the breathtaking Lofoten Islands. You’ll immediately recognise the snow-covered fishing huts, or rorbuer, that dot the shoreline.

    After exploring pretty Reine, you’ll visit Å. It’s one of the best-preserved traditional fishing villages in Norway and features delightful cultural attractions, including the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum.

    Later, we return to Reine where there may be opportunities to go on hikes with the Expedition Team or even try some winter kayaking. The views here will certainly tempt you to sign up for either.

    • Included Reine - The Fishing Village of Å
    Day 6

    Idyllic island life

  • Day 7

    On the lookout for the Northern Lights

    29 December 2023

    Welcome to Alta, one of the northernmost towns in the world

    Alta is the turning point of your expedition and one of the northernmost towns in the world. This is a cute town to stroll around, decorated in Christmas lights and snow.

    Dubbed ‘The Northern Lights City,’ Alta sits 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 be in for a show.

    You’ll learn more about the aurora at the modern Northern Lights Cathedral in Alta, located at the end of the Christmas-decorated pedestrian street. You can also visit a Sámi village on an optional excursion.

    • Included Experience the Northern Lights Cathedral
    Day 7

    On the lookout for the Northern Lights

  • Day 8

    Gateway to the Arctic

    30 December 2023

    Discover the rich history and culture of Tromsø, the so-called capital of the Arctic

    Scan for humpback whales out on deck or in the Explorer Lounge as we sail to Tromsø, capital of the Arctic. The city is especially pretty around Christmas, adorned with lights and decorations. You’ll spend your day discovering its fascinating history, culture and bold architecture.

    The Arctic Cathedral is one of the most striking landmarks in Tromsø, especially when lit up at night. Check out the Polar Museum to learn about Tromsø’s fabled explorer history and join the friendly locals in the town’s many pubs, including the world’s northernmost brewery.

    • Included The Polar Museum
    Day 8

    Gateway to the Arctic

  • Day 9

    Sailing into a new year

    31 December 2023

    Set amid mountains and fjords, Narvik is the ideal place to welcome in 2024

    Narvik has a spectacular setting on a peninsula surrounded by three fjords and majestic mountains. Browse the town’s galleries, museums and restaurants, which specialise in locally-sourced produce.

    We aim to find calm waters for our special New Year’s Eve dinner. Expect caviar, king crab, and beef, salmon or nut roast Wellington. Round it off with an aquavit sorbet to kick off more New Year’s Eve celebrations aboard the ship for the rest of the evening.

    As the party reaches its climax and the clock counts down to midnight, you might be treated to fireworks. Not a bad way to see in 2024!

    Day 9

    Sailing into a new year

  • Day 10-11
    At sea

    On expedition

    1 January 2024 - 2 January 2024

    Expect the unexpected over the next two days, as we go on a New Year expedition 

    Over the next two days we’ll go off the beaten track, heading wherever takes our fancy. Activities and any landings will be chosen by the Expedition Team. They’ll draw on their in-depth knowledge of the area to bring you to the most exhilarating and scenic locations.

    There are many islands and fjords to discover in this region, and we’ll get a closer look at some of them. Our expedition boats will take us ashore, giving you the chance to see local wildlife. Weather conditions will also play a part in deciding where to explore – so all we can say is expect the unexpected!

    Day 10-11
    At sea

    On expedition

  • Day 12

    City of Seven Mountains

    3 January 2024

    Culture-packed and surrounded by beauty, Bergen’s charms are irresistible

    Welcome to Bergen, one of Norway’s most picturesque cities and perfect for exploring on foot. You’ll see that the city has retained a great deal of its local character, heritage and charm.

    Your included activity is a funicular ride to the top of Mount Fløyen. Prepare to bask in stunning views over the city surrounded by seven mountains and the sea.

    Once back in the centre of Bergen, check out the historic Bryggen district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with distinctive wooden wharves. Across from Bryggen is Bergen’s famous fish market, full of sights, sounds and scents to savour.

    • Included Bergen - The Fløibanen Funicular
    Day 12

    City of Seven Mountains

  • Day 13

    Christmas cheer

    4 January 2024

    Bask in the magical atmosphere of this well-preserved town

    You’ll go back in time as you stroll around Egersund, admiring the rustic wooden houses and narrow streets. At this time, they’re normally decked out in festive decorations, fairy lights and a Christmas tree in the town square.

    Peruse the many beautifully decorated shops of the pedestrianised town centre. Check out the local chocolate and ice cream factory. There are small windows inside where you can see tasty treats being prepared. Indulge in gourmet chocolate and pick from a range of ice cream flavours. We recommend the pepperkake-is, gingerbread ice cream!

    Day 13

    Christmas cheer

  • Day 14
    At sea

    Heading home

    5 January 2024

    Recall the best moments of your expedition cruise

    Make the most of your day on board MS Maud. You may want to soak in the hot tub, work out in the gym, relax in the Explorer Lounge or sit back and edit the photographs from your trip.

    Likely, you’ll spend your day reflecting on all the wonderful experiences you’ve had. Like the sensation of standing in awe under the Northern Lights or the spectacular scenery of the Lofoten Islands.

    Don’t miss the Expedition Team as they review the highlights of our memorable expedition cruise to the fjords of Norway. Their enthusiasm might tempt you to return, but perhaps in a different season next time.

    Day 14
    At sea

    Heading home

  • Day 15

    Refreshed and ready for the new year

    6 January 2024

    End your expedition cruise in Dover, the gateway to England

    Today you’ll say farewell to Ms Maud, taking with you memories of Norway in winter during Christmas time - wonderful fjords, fascinating towns and cities, and – hopefully – the Northern Lights. But before you rush off, Dover has attractions you won’t want to miss.  

    No trip here is complete without walking alongside or atop the iconic White Cliffs that have become a symbol for England. You might also like to visit Dover Castle, tipped to be the largest in England and home to a rare Roman lighthouse.

    Whatever’s next for you, we wish you a safe onward journey and look forward to seeing you on your next adventure!

    Day 15

    Refreshed and ready for the new year



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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 restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with 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 activities

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 and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science program 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

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
  • Trekking poles, head lamps and walking poles available if necessary
  • 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
MS Maud
Interior in restaurant Lindstrøm
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Your ship

MS Maud

Year built 2003
Shipyard 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

Formerly the MS Midnatsol, the MS Maud is well-suited for expedition cruising.

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Science center - MS Maud
Photo: Oscar Farrera

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