Norway in the Spring – Expedition Cruise to the West Coast Fjords

Norway in the Spring – Expedition Cruise to the West Coast Fjords

Norway in the Spring – Expedition Cruise to the West Coast Fjords

Norway in the Spring – Expedition Cruise to the West Coast Fjords

Travel information 21 days MS Maud
Departure
23 March 2022
Price from
5387 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Explore some of Norway’s most beautiful fjords and charming coastal towns from the spring-like south to the wintry north on an expedition sailing from Dover. 

Norway’s exceptional fjords 

Sailing from Dover, this epic 21-day expedition will take you to the highlights of Norway’s sprawling coastline, from UNESCO-listed fjords to hidden beauty spots few know about. You’ll explore Bergen and get to know its famous Bryggen district and fish market. We’ll take you all the way above the Arctic Circle to the dramatic North Cape, taking in the stunning Lofoten Islands, Arctic gateway city Tromsø, and Alta, the City of Northern Lights. 

UNESCO-listed gems 

You’ll discover even more coastal gems along our return route. Epic scenery awaits in UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, and the same can be said for Sognefjord with its idyllic villages and stave churches. Both are outstanding examples of iconic fjords, as is Nordfjord with its high peaks and glaciers. 

The return of light 

On this springtime expedition cruise, you’ll witness the fjords waking up from the long winter months. At this time of year, the fjords are quieter, the flowers are just coming into bloom, and the mountaintops are still frosted with snow. You’ll see waterfalls in all their glory as sparkling meltwater tumbles over rocks and makes its way to the sea. Down in the valleys, pastures are green, fruit trees bloom, and idyllic fjord villages emerge from hibernation. 

Norway in the Spring – Expedition Cruise to the West Coast Fjords Norway in the Spring – Expedition Cruise to the West Coast Fjords
  • Day 1
    Dover, UK

    Setting sail

    23 March 2022

    We set our course northbound from Dover towards the famous fjords of Norway aboard MS Maud. Get ready to witness what UNESCO has called some of the most exceptional natural beauty in the world. As the Norwegian spring encompasses many seasons all at once, make sure your suitcase is filled with clothes for all weather!

    Once aboard the ship, you’ll pick up your complimentary expedition jacket, locate your cabin, explore the ship and attend a mandatory safety drill. As we wave a fond farewell to the White Cliffs of Dover and head across the North Sea, head out on deck and watch the fishing boats and seagulls.

    Take some time to get acquainted with the ship, elegantly designed using natural Scandinavian materials. Locate our three restaurants and the Explorer Lounge & Bar. Head to Deck 5 to discover the Science Center and get familiar with Deck 9 where you’ll find the Observation Deck, gym, sauna and hot tubs. We have a feeling you’ll be spending a lot of time up here.

    Later in the evening, we’ll call on the port of Harwich, which is one of the most important ports on the Essex coast and boasts a rich maritime heritage. Famous explorers such as Sir Francis Drake, Sir Richard Hawkins, and Sir Martin Frobisher all departed from here on several expeditions of discovery. Perhaps most famously, the town was the home port of the Pilgrim ship ‘Mayflower’ and birthplace of its captain, Christopher Jones.  

    In keeping with Harwich tradition, and to celebrate the start of our journey, you’ll enjoy a local sea shanty performance before crossing the North Sea. 

    Day 1
    Dover, UK

    Setting sail

  • Day 2-3
    At Sea

    Northbound to the fjords of Norway

    24 March 2022 - 25 March 2022

    You’ll have plenty of time to relax on board today as we sail to Norway. Take in the fresh spring air out on the Observation Deck or from the hot tubs, settle down with a good book in the lounge or grab a tasty snack from Fredheim restaurant. If you’re feeling energetic, you can make full use of the gym or take a few laps on out on deck.  

     The Expedition Team will prepare you for the adventures ahead with lectures and talks in the Explorer Lounge. Handpicked for their extensive knowledge of Norway, they’ll share their expertise with you and lead the way in excursions. As we sail towards the fjords, the first topic they cover may well be the geology of the fjord landscapes you’ll be seeing and how these incredible mountains, fjords and plains were formed. 

    We also support a number of Citizen Science projects that you can join in with. These projects include Happywhale, where your photographs help identify and track whales across the planet, and the Globe Observer project which combines your observations of clouds and sky conditions with data collected by satellites. Not only will you be supporting the scientific community, you’ll also be getting a better understanding of the world around you. 

    Day 2-3
    At Sea

    Northbound to the fjords of Norway

  • Day 4
    Bergen, Norway

    City of Seven Mountains

    26 March 2022

    As our first port of call in Norway, and one of the country’s most picturesque cities, Bergen won’t disappoint. Founded in 1070 CE, Bergen was Norway’s capital for many years, and you’ll see the city has retained a great deal of its local character, heritage and charm.

    Your included activity in Bergen is an excursion to Mount Fløyen. We’ll hop on Hurtigruten buses from where the ship docks and drive to the Fløibanen funicular. The ride to the top of the nearby mountain takes just six minutes. At the summit, over 1,000 ft. up, bask in stunning views over the city surrounded by seven mountains and the sea. If there’s time, we might also have an opportunity to venture into the alpine forest here for a short hike.

    Once back in the centre of Bergen, be sure to stroll through the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with its colourful wooden wharfs. The area dates back to the 14th Century and is now home to boutique stores selling a range of Norwegian arts and crafts. Across from Bryggen is Bergen’s famous fish market, which is full of sights, sounds – and scents – to savour.

    Day 4
    Bergen, Norway

    City of Seven Mountains

  • Day 5
    Hjørundfjorden, Norway

    Exceptional natural beauty

    27 March 2022

    Like the famous nearby Geirangerfjord, Hjørundfjord is part of the UNESCO-designated Fjords Norway area which is noted for its exceptional natural beauty. Surrounded by the Sunnmøre Alps, with peaks soaring 5,500 ft. straight up from the sea, it’s one of the most scenic fjords in all of Norway and yet remains mostly undiscovered by other cruise lines. 

    On a clear day, you’ll get the full 360° sensory experience: the bluest skies, dark coniferous forests, and green pastures covering the mountainsides. The still, pristine waters then reflect the scenery in all its glory, merging the fjord and landscape perfectly.

    We’ll anchor close to either Urke or Sæbø, both settlements in the fjord, and a local tender boat will take you ashore to experience Norwegian nature and culture.  

    Sign up for optional excursions to explore the area further. Join a guided walk taking in villages along the Hjørundfjord and learn about the history, nature and royal connections of this splendid beauty spot.

    Alternatively, you can opt for more exhilarating excursions, such as hiking up the mountain for incredible views, or perhaps kayaking along the fjord where the exquisite silence is broken only by the sound of your own paddle dipping in the water.

    Day 5
    Hjørundfjorden, Norway

    Exceptional natural beauty

  • Day 6
    At sea

    Approaching the Arctic Circle

    28 March 2022

    Today you can spend time relaxing in the ship’s lounge, or soaking in a hot tub, or sitting 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, said in myth to be the petrified bodies of seven troll sisters caught out at sunrise. You’ll likely be amazed by Torghatten mountain, 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.

    At this point of your expedition, we are around the halfway mark along Norway’s long coastline and we’re not far from the Arctic Circle. This is an exciting time as the further north we sail, the greater becomes your chances of seeing the Northern Lights.

    This natural phenomenon occurs when charged particles carried by the solar wind disturb the Earth’s upper atmosphere, creating mesmerising ripples and rays. The end result is a dancing cosmic lightshow of dazzling colours. Our route along the Norwegian coast will take us directly under the Auroral Zone, a prime area of Northern Lights occurrences. We’ll be hoping to see multiple sightings of the lights in different locations.

    The Expedition Team will continue their onboard lectures which could cover local folklore and fairy tales, or the history of navigation along the coast from lighthouses to satellites. You might also learn about the quintessentially Norwegian love of the outdoors, known as friluftsliv. Or perhaps pick up tips from the professional onboard photographer on how best to capture the aurora when they appear.

    Day 6
    At sea

    Approaching the Arctic Circle

  • Day 7
    Reine and Svolvær

    Discover amazing Lofoten

    29 March 2022

    The Lofoten Islands are famed the world over 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. You won’t forget your first approach to these dramatic islands because of the formidable wall of mountains looming on the horizon – this really is a bucket list place if ever there was one!

    The Lofoten archipelago consists of many islands, including Austvågøy, Moskenesøya, Værøy and others. In spite of its location above the Arctic Circle - at the same latitude as Greenland - Lofoten experiences a notably warmer climate, thanks to the circulation of the Gulf Stream. Nonetheless, it is considered a subarctic destination. 

    We’ll 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 places in Norway.

    After departing Reine, we’ll 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.

    Day 7
    Reine and Svolvær

    Discover amazing Lofoten

  • Day 8
    Tromsø

    Gateway to the Arctic

    30 March 2022

    We’ll reach the city of Tromsø around lunchtime and spend the rest of the day and evening getting to know its fascinating history, culture and distinctive architecture. The city, which is often called the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, is situated around 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle, but its climate is pleasantly moderated by the Gulf Stream.

    Historically, Tromsø was a frontier town for returning hunters and explorers and acted as a launch point for several Arctic expeditions. Today, the city is also nicknamed the ‘Paris of the North’ because of its international and cultural diversity. Feel like meeting some of the 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 few pints.

    Your included activity in Tromsø is a visit to the Polar Museum which is housed in a converted 1830s warehouse on the seafront. Inside are exhibitions that cover the city’s heritage as a base for famous trappers Henry Rudi and Wanny Wolstad, the first female hunter in Svalbard. Tromsø also played a crucial role in the expeditions of legendary explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen, after whom our two new hybrid-powered expedition ships are named. The Arctic Cathedral is one of the most striking landmarks in Tromsø, especially when lit up as darkness falls. It features a huge stained-glass window that is well worth seeing up close if you have time.

    Day 8
    Tromsø

    Gateway to the Arctic

  • Day 9
    Alta, Norway

    City of the Northern Lights

    31 March 2022

    Alta lies well above the Arctic Circle at 70 degrees north. This makes it one of the northernmost towns in the world with a population over 10,000, and also the biggest city in the vast wilderness of Troms and Finnmark County.

    The town is directly beneath the Auroral Oval, a zone known for consistent Northern Lights activity, so if the heavens aren’t overcast, and the conditions are right, you could well be in for quite a show!

    Alta’s history began 10,000 years ago, as massive glaciers covering the entire region melted and receded. Settlement remains were found on Mt. Komsa from some 7,000 years ago, when the local people began carving pictures onto the rocks along the shore.

    You’ll learn more about the aurora at the modern Northern Lights Cathedral, situated at the end of a pleasant pedestrian street. The titanium-clad building and its spiral belfry dominate the skyline here, and it’s all the more impressive when illuminated at night.

    There’s an interactive exhibition in the cathedral that chronicles how Norwegian scientist Kristian Birkeland established Alta as an epicentre for ground-breaking Northern Lights research in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. You’ll also be treated to a classical concert in the cathedral as part of your visit. 

    Alta is home to many dogsledding teams, some of which compete in the biggest races in the world. You can visit one of the teams during an optional excursion, go on snowmobile tours, mountain hiking or riding snow-suitable fat bikes in the hills around the town.

    Day 9
    Alta, Norway

    City of the Northern Lights

  • Day 10
    Honningsvåg, Norway

    At the top of Europe

    1 April 2022

    Start the day by arriving at the small town of Honningsvåg. From here you’ll now visit one of the northernmost points on the Europe mainland as part of an included excursion. 

    The scenic bus ride from Honningsvåg passes small bays and tiny villages, then crosses a mountain plateau before arriving at spectacular North Cape. At 71°10’21´N, it is just 1.300 miles away from the Geographic North Pole, with only the Svalbard Archipelago in between.  

    Stand at the cliff’s edge and gaze out across the sparkling sea. The North Cape is the closest you may ever get to the top of the world. There’s the obligatory selfie to snap at the Globe Monument before visiting the North Cape Hall to see several exhibits and a short film which chronicles the history of the cape.      Back in Honningsvåg, enjoy a stroll by the pretty harbour, browsing the charming shops, houses and church. Like many towns in northern Norway, fishing is the main source of income here. The local restaurants offer fresh fish and seafood, with king crabs available all year round. This is the ship’s turning point and from here, we start our return trip southbound. 

    While you’re here, take some time to look out at the dramatic scenery and consider how far you have come since we set off from Dover. The good news is we’re only halfway through our adventure, and plenty more gems await as we explore different parts of the coast on our southward leg of the journey.

    Day 10
    Honningsvåg, Norway

    At the top of Europe

  • Day 11
    Senja, Norway

    Microcosm of Norway

    2 April 2022

    Today we dock at Senja, one of the most ruggedly beautiful and lesser-visited islands in Norway. You’ll be awestruck by the scenery on display here and understand why it made CNN’s Top 10 travel list of the ’World’s Most Beautiful Islands’.  

    We’ll find the best location to drop anchor, possibly on one of the ports on the outside if weather permits. Should the weather be rough, we might move to Finnsnes. Either way, everything is set for a great day of exploring.  

    Senja is Norway’s second largest island, but has fewer than 8,000 inhabitants, most of whom are employed in fishing and aquaculture. Sometimes referred to as ‘Norway in miniature’, the island boasts diverse landscapes that seem to change in the blink of an eye. Senja’s northern coastline is characterised by lofty mountains plummeting straight into the sea. These are interspersed with isolated coves and sandy beaches that fringe crystal clear turquoise waters.

    Southern Senja is distinguished by rocky coastline and pine forests and is home to Ånderdalen National Park. The eastern side of Senja has gentler, more forgiving landscapes with rolling hills and birch forests.

    Day 11
    Senja, Norway

    Microcosm of Norway

  • Day 12
    Narvik, Norway

    The Battle of Narvik

    3 April 2022

    Narvik enjoys a spectacular setting on a peninsula surrounded by three fjords: the Ofotfjord, Rombaken, and Beisfjord.  The nearby mountains also help to shelter its popular ski slopes from strong coastal winds. And while Narvik is one of the most northerly towns in the world, some 150 miles inside the Arctic Circle, it enjoys a milder climate than expected thanks to the North Atlantic Current.

    Modern Narvik developed as an all-year port for Swedish iron mines, which made the town a strategic target for Germany during World War II. If you pay a visit to the Narvik War Museum you’ll see exhibits and artifacts from the war, and learn about the heroism of British and Allied troops in liberating the town from the occupiers.

    Aside from the museum, you can enjoy galleries, shops, and restaurants which specialise in locally-sourced seafood from the fjords and reindeer meat from the mountains. Optional excursions include taking a cable car to the top of Mount Narvik to see the breathtaking views, or hiking, snowshoeing or kayaking on the fjords. You might also be able to try ice-fishing in the small lakes close to Narvik, or meet some of thelocal Sámi people who are indigenous to the area.

    There could also be an optional excursion to Polarparken, the largest and northernmost animal park in the world. Within it, the likes of wolves, bears, lynx, moose, and reindeer roam within huge enclosures. If you visit at feeding time, you might be able to see these animals close up.

    Day 12
    Narvik, Norway

    The Battle of Narvik

  • Day 13
    At sea

    Rest and relaxation

    4 April 2022

    Part of being on an expedition is knowing how to enjoy the moment and just 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 picturesque Vega archipelago today, made up of some 6,500 islands, islets, and skerries.

    There’s more to learn in lectures from the Expedition Team and you can dabble in a bit of science with the microscopes and library of slides in the onboard Science Center. We also support a number of Citizen Science projects that you can join in.

    Work up a sweat in the gym – or in the sauna if that sounds like too much effort. Perhaps it’s time to catch up on that travel journal you said you’d keep up to date, or go through the pictures you’ve taken so far. Or maybe you’ll meet some friends in the Explorer Lounge & Bar and spend some time chatting over drinks. Whatever you choose to do, today is your day to simply do what you like and just enjoy the ship and its excellent facilities and venues.

    Day 13
    At sea

    Rest and relaxation

  • Day 14
    Åndalsnes, Norway

    Stunning mountain scenery

    5 April 2022

    Today we’ll sail along Romsdalsfjorden towards the tiny settlement of Åndalsnes, set deep in the Romsdalen valley. Åndalsnes is seen as a basecamp for exploring the Romsdalsfjorden, and from here you can explore Trollveggen, the tallest vertical rock face in Europe, which looms majestically over the valley.

    To get the best views, you can hitch a ride on the Romsdal Gondola to the mountain station on Mt. Nesaksla, 2,277 ft. above the fjord. From there you’ll have a fantastic vista down to Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord. 

    The scenery here truly is spectacular. In his novel Flaggermusmannen – or The Bat – Norwegian author Jo Nesbø waxes lyrical about the region, writing, “That was where God had started when He was creating the world, and that He had spent so long on Romsdalen that the rest of the world had to be done post-haste to be finished by Sunday.” 

    In something of a contrast, check out the starkly modern-looking Norwegian Mountaineering Museum, which is situated in Åndalsnes. Here, you’ll get an insight into the history of mountaineering in Norway, and be able to try out some of the equipment on display. 

    Day 14
    Åndalsnes, Norway

    Stunning mountain scenery

  • Day 15
    Geirangerfjord, Norway

    Seven wonderful waterfalls

    6 April 2022

    After breakfast, we’ll sail into the fjord system leading to Geirangerfjord in the Sunnmøre region of western Norway. The deep emerald green colour of the fjord itself and the fairytale landscape has led to Geirangerfjord often being referred to as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of the Norwegian fjords.

    Springtime is arguably the best season to see Geirangerfjord: there are fewer visitors, the weather will be milder, the sun may glisten on the fjord and warm your face, and the snow will have started to melt into mesmerising waterfalls. Looming above you, undaunted by the sun, will be majestic snow-capped mountain tops.

    Wrap up and get out on deck today as you won’t want to miss a thing. We’ll be sailing past Geirangerfjord’s famous waterfalls: the most well-known being Brudesløret – the Bridal Veil. You will most definitely notice De syv søstrene, the Seven Sisters, one of the most photographed waterfalls in Geirangerfjord.

    Ålesund

    In the evening, we will call at Ålesund. This small town clings to the shores of a thin island chain, and its photogenic waterfront buildings, once wharves and warehouses, are painted in pastel yellows and reds.

    Join a guided walk through its cobblestone streets and admire the numerous spires, towers and highly-ornate architecture. Look closely and spot the variety of stone statues carved into the buildings.

    As Norway’s fishing capital, Ålesund is also the site of the Atlantic Sea Park. There’s a spacious Humboldt penguin park and Europe’s biggest seal pool together with an underwater observatory. The park’s Otter Island is home to three sociable otters, named Nusse, Muffe and Pia.

    Day 15
    Geirangerfjord, Norway

    Seven wonderful waterfalls

  • Day 16
    Loen, Nordfjord, Norway

    The view from the top

    7 April 2022

    In the morning we’ll enter Nordfjord, the sixth longest fjord in Norway. This fjord was created by the Jostedalsbreen Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in Europe. Aside from breathtaking glaciers and fjords, you’ll see mountains, fertile valleys and beautiful sandy beaches which offer year-round adventure like skiing, hiking, paragliding, glacier walks and even surfing!

    Our chosen destination to explore the best of Nordfjord is Loen, at the base of the fjord and of Mount Hoven. We dock outside Loen itself, and use small boats to reach the town. Loen’s Skylift cable car is one of the steepest in the world, climbing 3,600 ft. at a gradient up to 60°. From the top of Mount Hoven, you’ll have spectacular views of the mountains, valleys and the fjord.

    For optional excursions, if weather allows, you can join guided hikes along alpine trails. Down on Loen’s green banks, you can opt to see the fjord from a different perspective, out on the water aboard your own kayak. Another of Nordfjord’s popular attractions is the impressive Briksdalsbreen Glacier. This glistening, blue solid ice mass flows over the mountains and squeezes through the high peaks. The nearby Kleivafossen waterfall is also a popular attraction.

    We’ll exit the fjord as the sun sets in the westsailing past the Hornelen sea cliff, the tallest in Europe. It will mark our farewell to the fjords in the northOur next destination will be something completely different  an island chain off the coast of Norway  which offers a stark contrast to the glacial beauty of the fjords. 

    Day 16
    Loen, Nordfjord, Norway

    The view from the top

  • Day 17
    Kalvåg, Norway

    An outpost on the west coast of Norway

    8 April 2022

    Welcome to the little fishing village of Kalvåg, situated far out on the coastline with the open North Sea to the west. In the 1860s, it was one of the largest, if not the largest fishery on the Norwegian Coast, with as many as 11,000 people stationed there.  

    Today, only about 400 people live here, but it’s still the best-preserved fishing village in western Norway. No other expedition ships visit Kalvåg so you can expect a warm welcome as you experience an authentic slice of community life.  

    As part of our traditional Norwegian coastal voyage, our Captains have sailed these waters for decades, always wishing there was time to stop and show you around this oh-so-charming village. We’ve listened to their expert recommendation and that’s now exactly what you’ll get to do on this expedition cruise. 

    Admire an open-air art exhibition and walk around Kalvåg’s collection of old waterfront buildings, from restored wooden wharfs to herring salting warehouses. You may also go on optional excursions such as a hike of the area or kayaking. 

    Day 17
    Kalvåg, Norway

    An outpost on the west coast of Norway

  • Day 18
    Flåm, Norway 

    Spectacular fjord landscape

    9 April 2022

    Sognefjord is Norway's longest and deepest fjord. Nicknamed ‘King of the Fjords’, it stretches over 124 miles inland and has many tributaries, some of which themselves require a full day to explore. One such example is Aurlandsfjord. Deep and narrow, it’s flanked by mountains soaring almost 5,000 ft above sea level. You’ll find the charming village of Flåm, our destination for the day, at the innermost part of the fjord. 

    Surrounded by steep mountainsides and cascading waterfalls, Flåm couldn’t have a more scenic backdrop. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty around you through various activities, including nature walks, biking or kayaking on the fjord. For a panoramic view of Aurlandsfjord, head up to the Stegastein platform. An architectural masterpiece jutting out from the mountainside, you’ll be standing over 2,000 ft above the fjord.  

    Flåm’s most famous attraction is Flåmsbana, the Flåm Railway, recognised as a masterpiece of engineering and one of the steepest railways in the world. Pop into the Flåmsbana museum right beside the train platform to whet your appetite for one of the world’s most picturesque railway journeys. It tells about the early days of Flåm and the impressive engineering work of building the railway, which opened in 1941. 

    The train will take you past deep ravines and gushing waterfalls on an hour-long journey. You’ll feel the pull of nostalgia as you whisk past breathtaking mountain scenery sitting in a vintage carriage. Just be sure to have your camera ready for the five-minute stop at the Kjosfossen waterfall. 

    Day 18
    Flåm, Norway 

    Spectacular fjord landscape

  • Day 19
    Egersund, Norway

    Picturesque town of wooden houses

    10 April 2022

    You’ll love Egersund, with its cosy vibe. The town is famous for its brightly coloured, wooden houses – a real departure from the white-painted dwellings of many of Norway’s towns, and a welcome sight as you approach the harbour.

    People have lived around the area of Egersund since the Stone Age. There are several places around the town where you’ll find ruins of settlements dating back to the early migrations around 400 – 600 BCE, and ancient runes have been found carved into rocks nearby. It’s also one of the best natural harbours in Norway, and it used to be the largest in the country when measured in quantity of fish landed each year. 

    Enjoy exploring the bijoux town centre, which has preserved some of the best examples of wooden houses – a few even dating back 160 years. The varied landscape surrounding the town is great for walking. 

    Day 19
    Egersund, Norway

    Picturesque town of wooden houses

  • Day 20
    At Sea

    Reflecting on your journey

    11 April 2022

    Sadly, it’s our last day at sea and our adventure is drawing to a close. As we cross the North Sea, you might spot seabirds and perhaps even dolphins, which sometimes like to follow the ship.

    Make the most of your day on board MS Maud. You may want to soak your limbs in the hot tub, work out in the gym, relax in the Explorer Lounge, or just sit and gaze out of the windows from the comfort of a chair. Don’t miss the Expedition Team as they wrap up the journey with a review of the highlights of our memorable expedition cruise to the fjords of Norway and beyond.

    Day 20
    At Sea

    Reflecting on your journey

  • Day 21
    Dover, UK

    Un-fjord-gettable memories!

    12 April 2022

    We pass the White Cliffs of Dover during the early morning hours and dock at the harbour. After breakfast, it’s time to leave your home for the past 21 days. As you head back, you’ll have some unforgettable memories of the magnificent fjords along Norway’s west coast. 

    Dover acts as the gateway to the English countryside, the verdant counties of Kent and Surrey, and beyond to the city of London. But before you rush off, Dover itself has a number of attractions you won’t want to miss either.   

    No trip here is complete without walking alongside or atop the iconic white cliffs that have become a symbol for England. One of the best places to do so is on a walk to St. Margaret’s Bay which offers great views of the chalky coastline from its wide shingle beach.  

    You might also like to visit Dover Castle, tipped to be the largest in England. There is a rare Roman lighthouse here, one of only three in the world and reputedly the UK’s oldest building. You can also go on a tour of the underground hospital and secret WWII tunnels that run beneath the castle complex.   

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

    Day 21
    Dover, UK

    Un-fjord-gettable memories!

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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 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, outdoor and indoor gyms
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Trekking poles, head lamps and walking poles available if necessary
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help with your camera settings before landings

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

Notes

  • 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 are expected
MS Maud
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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
MS Maud

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

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