Autumn Expedition Cruise to Svalbard from Dover

Autumn Expedition Cruise to Svalbard from Dover

Autumn Expedition Cruise to Svalbard from Dover

Autumn Expedition Cruise to Svalbard from Dover

Travel information 22 days MS Maud
15 September 2022
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Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Discover spectacular fjord landscapes, pristine glaciers, and thrilling wildlife on an expedition cruise from Dover to Norway and the Svalbard archipelago. 

Norway’s beautiful coast 

Sailing from Dover, you’ll head straight for the Norwegian coast where you’ll explore dramatic and enchanting fjords like Trollfjord, Hjørundfjord, Sognefjord and Lysefjord. Visit remote fishing villages such as Reine and the historic cities of Bergen and Tromsø to learn more about Norway, its history, people and culture. You’ll also marvel at breathtaking mountains and glaciers serving as perfect backdrops along the way.  

Once you cross the Arctic Circle, days grow shorter and nights longer, improving your chances of seeing the magical Northern Lights.  

The Svalbard Archipelago 

We have unmatched experience in Svalbard, dating back as far as 1896. You’ll see a range of Arctic birdlife on Bear Island and look out for polar bears at Hornsund. Isfjord boasts dramatic landscapes while Bellsund has fascinating hunting and trapping history.  

Sea ice and weather conditions may make certain landings a challenge, even on this early fall expedition cruise. That’s an authentic part of being on an expedition. But rest assured that we will always take you to the best places available, for the best adventure possible.

Autumn Expedition Cruise to Svalbard from Dover Autumn Expedition Cruise to Svalbard from Dover
  • Day 1
    Dover, UK

    Northern Exposure

    15 September 2022

    All aboard at Dover! MS Maud is here, ready and waiting to bring you north toward Norway and ultimately Svalbard – the realm of the polar bear. 

    If you’ve time, take a walk alongside or atop the iconic white cliffs of Dover that have become a symbol for England. One of the best places to do so is at St. Margaret’s Bay which offers great views of the chalky coastline from its wide shingle beach. 

    Once on board the ship, you’ll pick up your complimentary expedition jacket, settle into your cabin, explore the ship and attend a mandatory safety drill. After the first of many delicious dinners and a welcome toast by the Captain, you’ll meet your expert Expedition Team.  

    They are your knowledgeable lecturers, warm hosts, and good-natured guides throughout your journey. First and foremost though, they are there to keep you safe and well. They’ll be making it a priority to run through important health and safety aspects with you and your fellow guests.    

    When the ship sets sail, we’ll pass the white cliffs of Dover and head up to the North Sea. Stretch your sea legs and get to know MS Maud, your cosy home away from home. If the weather holds, take in the salubrious sea air from out on deck.  

    Or park yourself in the Explorer Lounge and Bar to watch the world go by from the panoramic windows, maybe together with a relaxing glass of wine. Your adventure to the Norwegian coast and Svalbard 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 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 your journey, you’ll enjoy a local sea shanty performance before crossing the North Sea.  

    Day 1
    Dover, UK

    Northern Exposure

  • Day 2-3
    At sea

    Norway Bound

    16 September 2022 - 17 September 2022

    The next two days at sea will give 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.   

    The Expedition Team will begin the first in their series of insightful lectures over at the Science Center. Each member of the Expedition Team are experts on different subjects and you’ll find them to be walking, talking treasure troves of stories and information.  

    They’ll share their extensive knowledge about the places, history, nature, people and natural phenomena we are likely to encounter during this cruise along the Norwegian coast. Today’s topics might include Norway's climate, the weather of the North Sea or the history of Hurtigruten as a national icon of Norway.  

    On our second day at sea in the evening, we’ll reach the Stavanger area, where we’ll enjoy a scenic fjord cruise.  

    Day 2-3
    At sea

    Norway Bound

  • Day 4
    Outside Fjærland, Norway - Anchored - Full day

    The longest fjord of Norway

    18 September 2022

    In the morning we sail into Sognefjorden, nicknamed the ‘King of the Fjords’, as it is the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. Stretching 205 kilometres inland from the coast, we plan to cruise deep into the fjord to the tiny hamlet of Fjærland.  

    Only 300 people live here, and you get to go ashore to discover this idyllic village with many charming old buildings. Fjærland is a designated Norwegian Book Town, and picturesque second-hand book shops and stands can be found all over the small village. But Fjærland is not all about books.  

    This is also the place where Sognefjorden meets one of Norway’s best-known glaciers, Jostedalsbreen. It’s the largest glacier on the European continent and has several smaller glacier arms stretching out in many directions, including Bøyabreen and Supphellebreen.  

    This makes Fjærland a perfect place to learn more about how glaciers created the beautiful fjords of Norway, which makes a visit to the Norwegian Glacier Museum a perfect included activity of the day.  

    At the award-winning museum, designed by world famous architect Sverre Fehn, you’ll engage with hands-on exhibits that explain why glacier ice is blue and how the fjords were formed. You can even perform a few experiments with 1,000 year-old glacier ice and watch a panoramic film about Europe’s largest glacier.  

    • Included Fjærland: Understanding Norway’s Glaciers
    Day 4
    Outside Fjærland, Norway - Anchored - Full day

    The longest fjord of Norway

  • Day 5
    Outside – Urke/Sæbø, Norway - Anchored - Full day

    Exceptional natural beauty

    19 September 2022

    Like famous Geirangerfjord next door, Hjørundfjord is part of the UNESCO designated Fjords Norway area which is notable for “exceptional natural beauty”. Surrounded by the Sunnmøre Alps with peaks soaring 1,700 metres straight up from the sea, it is one of the most scenic fjords in all of Norway and still undiscovered by most other cruise lines. 

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

    We anchor close to a settlement in the fjord, possibly Urke, 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, pulse-raising excursions such as hiking up the mountain for incredible views. Or find yourself kayaking along the fjord, the exquisite silence broken only by the sound of your own paddle.  

    • Included Hjørundfjord - Fjord Village Visit and Concert
    Day 5
    Outside – Urke/Sæbø, Norway - Anchored - Full day

    Exceptional natural beauty

  • Day 6
    Frøya, Hitra, Smøla region, Norway - Anchored - Full day

    Expedition day

    20 September 2022

    Today you will get to explore the area around Mid-Norway windswept islands outside the coast of Trøndelag. Notice how the islands facing the North Sea are a stark contrast to the sheltered fjords, as you will see from the small trees here, bent by the strong wind.  

    This region of Norway lies at the heart of the Norwegian coast, both geographically and culturally. The beautiful city of Trondheim used to be the country’s capital and King Olav, later beatified as Saint Olav, is buried in the city’s Notre-Dame-inspired Nidaros Cathedral. King Olav fell during a battle at Stiklestad, also found along Trøndelag’s coast. His martyrdom there subsequently paved the way for the conversion of Norway from paganism to Christianity. 

    When Hurtigruten started sailing north of Trøndelag in 1893, much was still unknown about the coastline. Over the years, we’ve become experts in these waters. Today, we are the only ones with the maritime knowledge and skill to take you through the many skerries and islets, and past fjord after fjord. 

    Our plan is to explore one of the islands in this area. As part of an authentic adventure, it’s the weather that will determine our exact route and activities today. If the weather is pleasant, we can stay out among the islands along the coast. If otherwise, we can head into one of the sheltered bays.  

    Once the elements have helped us decide on our destination for the day, we’ll drop anchor and use our small exploration boats to get to shore. If conditions are right, you’ll be able to pick optional excursion hikes or kayaking, or possibly even both. 

    Frøya is one of the islands we may explore. It’s a resting, nesting and wintering area for many kinds of seabirds, like seagulls, cormorants, ducks and sea eagles. If we get to go ashore, you may also see seals, mink, otter, hare and deer.  

    Day 6
    Frøya, Hitra, Smøla region, Norway - Anchored - Full day

    Expedition day

  • Day 7
    Svartisen, Helgeland, Norway - Anchored - Full day

    ‘Black ice’

    21 September 2022

    We’ll be sailing the Holandsfjord off the Helgeland Coast today and will arrive at Svartisen. Covering 370 square kilometres, it has 60 glacier tongues and is Norway’s second largest glacier after Jostedalsbreen.  

    Svartisen is actually made up of two separate glaciers Vestisen and the Østisen which are divided by the one-kilometre long Vesterdalen valley. 

    ‘Svartisen’ means ‘black ice’, which you’ll see sort of describes the characteristically deep colour of the ice, ranging from turquoise and dark blue, but never quite black. 

    Despite being the lowest lying glacier on the European continent before the last Ice Age retreat, Svartisen is surrounded by the Saltfjell mountain range, one of the largest in Norway. You might spot some of the mountains over 1,500 metres high; Snøtinden in the west, Sniptinden and Istinden in the east. 

    Our aim for the day is to land on the local jetty and visit the Svartisen Glacier Museum. You’ll also have opportunities to do optional excursions near the glacier and its surroundings. From Svartisen you will also see the Engen glacier, which can be reached on an extended optional excursion hike. 

    Day 7
    Svartisen, Helgeland, Norway - Anchored - Full day

    ‘Black ice’

  • Day 8
    Reine, Norway - Full day

    Iconic Lofoten landscapes

    22 September 2022

    The approach to Lofoten is not to be missed as a formidable wall of mountains greets you. The islands here are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. The breathtaking scenery is a masterpiece of distinctive peaks, sheltered bays, untouched beaches, and paradisaic fishing villages.  

    We’ll land in idyllic Reine in the morning. You may recognise it as one of the most photographed nature landscapes in Norway – and for good reason. Characteristic red fishing huts known as rorbuer dot the shoreline against a backdrop of granite peak clusters jutting out of the fjord.  

    As part of an included activity, you’ll board a bus to the picturesque old fishing village of Å, a unique, historical attraction. Here, you’ll see well-preserved houses, a blacksmith, an old cod liver oil press, and a bakery which might be making a fresh batch of lefse cakes. The local museum explains how cod fishing has been key to establishing Norway into a country.  

    From Reine, we sail to Trollfjord, a narrow waterway where vertical mountain walls loom above you. At the Captain’s discretion and depending on weather conditions in the area, you might get to experience the ship ‘threading the needle’ as it sails into the fjord so close to the cliff walls that you’ll feel you could reach out and brush them.  

    Once safely within the fjord, the ship will then turn 360° on the spot. You’ll be holding your breath again as it manoeuvres back out through the tight entrance. It is a thrilling experience that requires superb seamanship.  

    Day 8
    Reine, Norway - Full day

    Iconic Lofoten landscapes

  • Day 9
    Tromsø, Norway

    The gateway to the Arctic

    23 September 2022

    We aim to be alongside in Tromsø – the capital of the Arctic - early in the morning, and you get to spend the entire day and evening exploring 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. It features an attractive, huge stained-glass window that is well worth seeing up close.    

    Historically, Tromsø was a frontier town for returning hunters and explorers and acted as a launch point for several Arctic expeditions. Compared to the barren tundra they experienced, Tromsø was like Paris because of the fashion and food they found there. Hence the nickname, ‘Paris of the North.’ 

    You can busy yourself by browsing the shops or sampling the region’s fresh produce in a range of restaurants. 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. You’ll enjoy 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.  

    Other activities available in Tromsø include optional excursions with our Expedition Team on nature hikes and scenic bus rides. Being this far north, you may actually see the Northern Lights directly overhead, so spending some time out on deck when we leave town, may prove truly rewarding.   

    Day 9
    Tromsø, Norway

    The gateway to the Arctic

  • Day 10
    Skarsvåg, Norway - Anchored - Full day

    To the top of the world

    24 September 2022

    Start the day by arriving at the small town of Skarsvåg. You’ll now visit one of the northernmost points in Europe as part of an included excursion.  

    The scenic bus ride 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 2,100 kilometres 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 at the Globe Monument to snap before visiting the North Cape Hall for several exhibits and a short film which chronicle the history of the cape.   

    Your included visit to the North Cape can also be combined with experiences on the island of Magerøya. As this is the home of many fishermen, the local restaurants have the best ingredients available for seafood dishes, and king crabs are available all year round.  

    This is also the home to hundreds of sea eagles, who congregate in large numbers around the bird rocks of Gjesværstappan. You can explore the fishing village at your leisure, or you can join the Expedition Team on an optional hike to “Kirkeporten” viewpoint.     

    Day 10
    Skarsvåg, Norway - Anchored - Full day

    To the top of the world

  • Day 11
    Outside Bjørnøya - Anchored - Full day

    'Bear Island’ without the bears

    25 September 2022

    About midway between the Norwegian mainland and Spitsbergen, you arrive at Bjørnøya, or Bear Island in English. Don’t get too excited about its name though. The island is more renown for the birdlife that flock here over summer rather than any sightings of polar bears. 

    Except for a small area hosting a meteorological station established in 1918, the entire island is a nature reserve. The northern and middle parts of the island are mainly flat and dominated by shallow lakes – approximately 1200 of them scattered around. The landscape starts to get more mountainous further south of the island with the Misery mountain peaking at 536m.   

    There is a reason why photos of the coasts of Bear Island tend to fill up the SD cards of many travellers – they are spectacular! The constant surf has forged several striking rock columns and caves. The coastal cave Perleporten is immediately recognisable. Tall, near-vertical cliffs engulf the southern tip of the island, making for some fantastic views. 

    If wind and weather conditions allow, we may go ashore for hikes and do small boat cruising. You may even get to go kayaking in an optional activity. 

    Day 11
    Outside Bjørnøya - Anchored - Full day

    'Bear Island’ without the bears

  • Day 12
    Burgerbukta, Svalbard - Anchored - Full day

    South Spitsbergen National Park

    26 September 2022

    Today you will get to explore the wonderfully varied landscape and geology of Hornsund, which is a part of the South Spitsbergen National Park.  

    The rugged, steep mountains, breathtaking fjords and rich, colourful vegetation of the park make it one of the most spectacular natural corners of the world. A layer of mist covers most of the highest peaks, but on a clear day, you may see the towering Hornsundtind, reaching 1,431 m above sea level. 

    One of the possible lecture topics on this day is the polar bear. That’s not a coincidence; the chance to see polar bears is simply another reason why a visit to Hornsund is so special. Other animals to keep an eye out for are walruses, seals, reindeer and arctic foxes. 

    The natural beauty of Hornsund is not within easy reach of traditional cruise ships, which tend to leave it out. Our custom-made explorer vessels allow us to attempt landings where other ships can’t, giving you a better chance of seeing 25-km long Hornsund up close.  

    Depending on weather and sea ice, there are also optional excursions such as hikes, kayaking and small boat cruising to enjoy. 

    Day 12
    Burgerbukta, Svalbard - Anchored - Full day

    South Spitsbergen National Park

  • Day 13
    The Isfjord area, Svalbard - Anchored - Full day

    Second-longest fjord in Svalbard

    27 September 2022

    Get into explorer mode, because today you sail into the remarkable Isfjord, the second-longest fjord in Svalbard. Leading out to many smaller fjords, it forms a lush and beautiful system rich in wildlife and vegetation. Prepare to see immense U-shaped valleys which were carved out of the mountains by giant glaciers some ten thousand years ago.  

    To the north of the fjord, Alkehornet is a prominent landmark. It’s an imposing example of carbonate rock, with a horn-shaped mount at its peak. Arctic fox can be spotted here, as well as stately Svalbard reindeer.  

    It is noticeable how well traces of early human presence have been preserved in Isfjorden. Cultural remains of Svalbard’s whaling and hunting heritage can be found along the beaches and bays.  

    A more modern cultural icon is located further south of the fjords. Here lie the buildings of the famous Isfjord Radio station, a former radio and weather station established in 1933 that now serves as one of the most beautifully situated hotels in the world.  

    The landscape of the inner parts of Isfjorden is constantly changing, but we have several good landing sites in this area, and we will decide where to go and what to do based upon weather and ice conditions when we arrive. 

    Day 13
    The Isfjord area, Svalbard - Anchored - Full day

    Second-longest fjord in Svalbard

  • Day 14
    Bellsund, Svalbard - Anchored - Full day

    Beauty and history in one

    28 September 2022

    Not to be confused with its narrower cousin, the fjord, Bellsund is a 20 km long sound. Sounds tend to be wider than fjords and are usually formed by the flooding of river valleys.  

    Seeing the sound’s snow-capped mountains, glaciers and striking geological formations, you’d be forgiven to think that the name ‘Bellsund’ means ‘beautiful sound’. However, Bellsund actually borrows its name from the bell-shaped mountain Klokkefjellet at the mouth of the sound. 

    You might catch sight of migrating Svalbard reindeer, grazing the lush vegetation that is richly fertilised by droppings from the seabirds above - just the circle of life at work!  

    Bellsund has a long history with hunting and trapping, and these traditions are being kept alive still at Akseløya. One of the stories the expedition team may recount in the hunters and trappers lecture is that of 1930s Wanny Woldstad – a taxi driver who became the first female arctic trapper.  

    Cultural remains from other periods of Svalbard’s history can be seen throughout Bellsund. The ruins from the 1900s mining settlements are still visible, and you can see them as we spend the day exploring the area in landings, hikes and optional kayaking activities, if weather conditions allow. 

    Day 14
    Bellsund, Svalbard - Anchored - Full day

    Beauty and history in one

  • Day 15
    At sea

    Heading south again

    29 September 2022

    Your discovery of Svalbard is over, and we have started our journey back south. We cross the Barents Sea, named after the Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz, who discovered Spitsbergen and Bear Island.  

    You can spend your time unwinding in the Explorer Lounge & Bar, soaking in the hot tub or enjoy the vastness of the never-ending horizon. When darkness falls and if the sky is clear, there are good chances of experiencing the dancing Northern Lights above you as well.  

    If you’re hungry for more knowledge, the Expedition Team continues their onboard lecture series, possibly talking about the battle of the Barents Sea during World War II. 

    Spend some time in the Science Center and possibly learn some useful tricks to expedition photography to be able to capture the aurora on your camera.  

    Day 15
    At sea

    Heading south again

  • Day 16
    Senja, Norway

    Norway in miniature

    30 September 2022

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

    The captain will decide on a location to drop anchor or a port where we can dock and go ashore for walks. Optional excursions may include guided hikes or kayaking. Should weather be rough on the outer coastal side, we’ll seek shelter in the bays or inlets.   

    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, 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 16
    Senja, Norway

    Norway in miniature

  • Day 17
    Træna, Norway - Full day

    Far out at sea

    1 October 2022

    In the morning, we sail along the coast of Helgeland with nothing but sky and sea ahead. In the distance, you can see mountains rise from the horizon. This is Træna, an archipelago of over 400 islands and islets right on the Arctic Circle. We plan to go on a scenic walk around the village of Husøya where most of Træna’s 454 inhabitants live. 

    Surprisingly, the community on the islands has a Nordic-Hawaiian vibe. This is inspired by decades-long correspondence between a local man who settled in Honolulu and the sister he never met in back in Træna. There is a permanent outdoor photography exhibition, themed café, and even a local ‘Waikiki Beach’. 

    Similar to Hawaiians, Norwegians believe in the life philosophy of friluftsliv – a respect for nature and a love of the outdoors. Being on an expedition with us is the best time not just to learn about this ideal, but to live it. And Træna is a perfect place for you to try a host of optional excursions. 

    Optional excursions might include island hopping, enjoying a sauna in an old boat house, observing sea eagles, tasting local fish or bathing in the Norwegian Sea. Or perhaps hike through a 700-metre-long tunnel in the dark, emerging at the top of the mountain for views of the entire Helgeland coast if the weather is clear. 

    There’s also Kirkhellern ‘Cathedral’ Cave on the island of Sanna. The acoustics make it ideal for a number of outdoor concerts but the main draw is archaeological evidence of human life in the cave as far back as 9,000 years ago. 

    As we leave Træna, we enjoy the evening with the dramatic Helgeland coastline as a backdrop. Listen to lectures from the Expedition Team on possible subjects like the Northern Lights, first settlements of Norway, Norwegian myths and fairy tales, or the Arctic Circle.  

    Day 17
    Træna, Norway - Full day

    Far out at sea

  • Day 18
    Kristiansund, Norway - Half day

    Norway’s dried cod capital

    2 October 2022

    We dock at Kristiansund which is one of the most densely populated cities in Norway. Its urban area is spread across four islands with bustling waterfronts, scenic marinas and distinctive architecture, decorated in shades of red, yellow and green.  

    Kristiansund is also known as Norway’s ‘Dried Cod Capital’ because of its historic export of salted fish or bacalao, known locally as klippfisk. If you’re interested in the topic, head to the local Norwegian Bacalao Museum housed in a 250-year-old building.  

    There are optional excursions to sign up for, including kayaking with local guides or a hike with the Expedition Team. You can also join an excursion to the famous Atlantic Ocean Road – an 8km scenic drive, with eight uniquely designed, undulating bridges linking a series of islands.   

    Day 18
    Kristiansund, Norway - Half day

    Norway’s dried cod capital

  • Day 19
    Bergen, Norway - Half day

    City of Seven Mountains

    3 October 2022

    Welcome to Bergen, one of Norway’s most beautiful cities and a great place to explore on foot. Founded in 1070 AD, Bergen was Norway’s capital for many years, and you’ll see that 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 mountain takes just six minutes. At the summit, 320 metres high, bask in stunning views over the city surrounded by seven mountains and the sea.  

    Once back in the centre of Bergen, spend some time wandering the cobblestone streets and alleyways of this thriving, compact city. If you want a taste of a local speciality, drop into one of the many cafés or pubs and order a half-litre of local Hansa beer.  

    Also, 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 now houses boutique stores selling a range of Norwegian arts and crafts.  

    Day 19
    Bergen, Norway - Half day

    City of Seven Mountains

  • Day 20
    Egersund, Norway  - Half day

    Picturesque town of wooden houses 

    4 October 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 20
    Egersund, Norway  - Half day

    Picturesque town of wooden houses 

  • Day 21
    At sea

    Relax and unwind

    5 October 2022

    As we cross the North Sea, you may spot seabirds and dolphins that like to follow the ship. 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.   

    Make the most of your day on board Maud. You may want to soak your tired limbs in the 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 your memorable fall expedition cruise to the Svalbard archipelago and the coast of Norway.  

    Day 21
    At sea

    Relax and unwind

  • Day 22
    Dover, UK

    Return to England

    6 October 2022

    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 21 days.  

    As you head home, you’ll take with you the unforgettable memories of Svalbard and Norway’s magnificent fjords along the west coast.  

    Dover acts as the gateway to English countryside, the verdant counties of Kent and Surrey, and beyond to the melting pot of London. But before you rush off, you might to 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 22
    Dover, UK

    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 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
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
MS Maud

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

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