Spring Expedition Cruise to Norway’s Fjords from Dover

Spring Expedition Cruise to Norway’s Fjords from Dover

Spring Expedition Cruise to Norway’s Fjords from Dover

Spring Expedition Cruise to Norway’s Fjords from Dover

Travel information 11 Days MS Maud
Departure
9 April 2023
Price from
3152 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Explore five of Norway’s most beautiful fjords on this springtime expedition cruise, sailing direct to the stunning Norwegian coast from Dover.

Norway’s ‘royal’ fjords

This springtime expedition cruise encompasses five of Norway’s most beautiful fjords. Discover why Sognefjord is nicknamed ‘King of the Fjords’ as we explore it and visit the charming village of Flåm. From there, your ship continues to Skjolden at the end of Sognefjord, passing snowcapped mountains and remote settlements along the way. You’ll then soak up the scenery of magnificent Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage site hailed as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ among the Norwegian fjords.

High peaks and lush valleys

In Nordfjord, you’ll see high peaks and glaciers, fertile valleys and beautiful sandy beaches. We’ll anchor at Loen, where stunning views await at the top of Mount Hoven. Next, you’ll explore the wild, lush valleys of Hardangerfjord, ‘Queen of the Fjords’, and home to some of the prettiest orchards in Norway. Cap off your spectacular fjord adventure at Lysefjord and take in the iconic Pulpit Rock viewpoint before sailing back to Dover.

Spring is in the air

Sailing in spring, the sun has returned to Norway’s skies, bringing longer, warmer days which awaken local flora and fauna from their winter slumber. Snow still covers the mountains, but as it thaws, meltwater gushes down rock faces, powering beautiful waterfalls and adding a deep colour to rivers. Down in the valleys, pastures are green, fruit trees bloom and idyllic fjord villages emerge from hibernation.

Spring Expedition Cruise to Norway’s Fjords from Dover Spring Expedition Cruise to Norway’s Fjords from Dover
  • Day 1
    Dover, UK

    Setting sail

    9 April 2023

    Start your cruise to Norway’s famous fjords from the White Cliffs of Dover

    If you have time, walk 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. Head out on deck and gaze at the fishing boats and seagulls as we bid a fond farewell to Dover. 

    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
    Dover, UK

    Setting sail

  • Day 2-3
    At Sea

    Northbound to the fjords of Norway

    10 April 2023 - 11 April 2023

    Settle into the rhythm of life at sea – expedition style

    As we sail to Norway, you’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the ship. You can work up a sweat in the gym, spot wildlife out on the Observation Deck, soak in a hot tub or indulge yourself in one of our three restaurants.

    The Expedition Team will prepare you for the adventure ahead by giving lectures on topics ranging from geology to photography.  

    We also support several Citizen Science projects that you can join in. Not only will you be helping 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
    Flåm, Aurlandsfjord, Norway 

    Spectacular fjord landscape

    12 April 2023

    Welcome to Flåm, the quintessential Norwegian village

    Surrounded by steep mountainsides and cascading waterfalls, Flåm couldn’t possess a more scenic backdrop. Experience the natural beauty around you on nature walks, or by biking or kayaking.

    You’ll want to go up to the Stegastein viewing platform. An architectural masterpiece jutting out from the mountainside, you’ll be standing over 2,000 ft above the Aurlandsfjord.

    Flåm’s iconic railway is a masterpiece of engineering and one of the steepest railways in the world. You’ll feel the pull of nostalgia as you’re whisked through breathtaking mountain scenery on an hour-long optional excursion.

    • Included Flåm - Stegastein Viewpoint
    Day 4
    Flåm, Aurlandsfjord, Norway 

    Spectacular fjord landscape

  • Day 5
    Skjolden, Sognefjord, Norway

    Idyllic fjord villages and a stave church

    13 April 2023

    Discover Skjolden, the tiny village at the end of the world’s longest fjord

    Sailing deep into Sognefjord, we’ll pass idyllic villages dotted along fertile plains. One of these is Skjolden, home to around 200 residents and our intended base for today.

    Enjoy a trip to nearby Urnes Stave Church, an outstanding example of traditional Scandinavian wooden architecture. It’s the oldest stave church in Norway and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also have the chance to join optional excursions, including hiking or kayaking.

    In the evening, we may do a scenic cruise of Nærøyfjorden, which has designated UNESCO status and is said to be among the most scenically outstanding landscapes in the world.

    Day 5
    Skjolden, Sognefjord, Norway

    Idyllic fjord villages and a stave church

  • Day 6
    Geirangerfjord, Norway

    Seven wonderful waterfalls

    14 April 2023

    Explore Geirangerfjord - the jewel in the crown of Norway’s fjords

    With fewer visitors and milder weather, spring is arguably the best season to see Geirangerfjord, often referred to as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of the Norwegian fjords. Cruising along deep emerald-green waters, you’ll discover a fairytale landscape featuring spectacular waterfalls, including the famed Bridal Veil and the Seven Sisters.

    Tender boats will take you ashore to explore the fjord and its many small communities if conditions allow. We’ve picked some fantastic optional activities for you to enjoy. Among them – if conditions are favourable – is the chance to kayak along the fjord.

    • Included Norwegian Fjord Centre
    Day 6
    Geirangerfjord, Norway

    Seven wonderful waterfalls

  • Day 7
    Loen, Nordfjord, Norway

    The view from the top

    15 April 2023

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

    Sailing to the idyllic village of Loen, you’ll gaze upon dazzling glaciers, fertile valleys and beautiful sandy beaches. Situated at the base of Nordfjord and Mount Hoven, Loen comes with postcard-ready views and a variety of ways to explore.

    Take advantage of Loen’s Skylift cable car and climb to the top of Mount Hoven. You’ll have spectacular views of the mountains, valleys and the fjord.

    If the weather allows, you can join guided hikes along alpine trails in optional excursions. The impressive Briksdalsbreen Glacier and the nearby Kleivafossen waterfall are also popular attractions.

    • Included Loen Skylift
    Day 7
    Loen, Nordfjord, Norway

    The view from the top

  • Day 8
    Rosendal/Sunndal, Hardangerfjord, Norway

    Your first fjord in spring bloom

    16 April 2023

    Mountains, glaciers and apple orchards, Hardangerfjord in spring is a paradise

    Welcome to Hardangerfjord, the fifth-longest fjord in the world. The climate here is mild, and in spring, the hillsides are blanketed in the white blossom of some of the prettiest apple orchards in Norway.

    We’ll explore either of the villages of Sunndal or Rosendal, depending on local conditions. From Sunndal, you can explore the area on a scenic hike or go kayaking with the Expedition Team as optional excursions.

    A small, charming village, Rosendal’s biggest attraction is the 16th century Barony, a manor famous for its beautiful rose garden and landscaped grounds.

    • Included Rosendal - Folgefonn Centre
    Day 8
    Rosendal/Sunndal, Hardangerfjord, Norway

    Your first fjord in spring bloom

  • Day 9
    Lysefjord, Norway

    On a high at Pulpit Rock

    17 April 2023

    Prepare to see some of the most striking rock formations in the world

    Preikestolen, also known as Pulpit Rock, is perhaps the most famous tourist attraction in Norway and the popular subject of many social media posts. As we approach Preikestolen, we hope to be treated to a fine view of this incredible rock formation from below.

    If weather conditions allow, you’ll have an optional excursion to do the five-hour guided hike to the Preikestolen viewpoint 1,982 ft above Lysefjord.

    If you remain on the ship, you can spend time out on deck admiring the magnificent scenery and looking up at the majestic mountains towering around you.

    Day 9
    Lysefjord, Norway

    On a high at Pulpit Rock

  • Day 10
    At Sea

    Rest, relax and reflect

    18 April 2023

    Recall the best moments of your expedition cruise

    Today is a day at sea. Make the most of your day on board MS Maud. You may want to soak in a hot tub, work out in the gym, relax in the Explorer Lounge or edit the photographs from your trip.

    Don’t miss the Expedition Team as they review the highlights of our memorable expedition cruise to the fjords of Norway. As we cross the North Sea, you may spot the seabirds and dolphins that like to follow the ship.

    Day 10
    At Sea

    Rest, relax and reflect

  • Day 11
    Dover, UK

    Un-fjord-gettable memories

    19 April 2023

    End your expedition cruise in Dover, the gateway to England

    Today you’ll say farewell to Ms Maud, taking with you unforgettable memories of the magnificent fjords along Norway’s west coast. But before you rush off, Dover has several 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 11
    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 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 outdoor and indoor gym and outdoor running track
  • 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

 

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 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
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