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

Duration: 15 days

Departures: 2021:  6 Oct / 20 Oct / 3 Nov / 17 Nov / 1 Dec / 15 Dec / 29 Dec
2022:  12 Jan / 26 Jan / 9 Feb / 23 Feb / 9 Mar
Price from:
3491 € per person
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Experience the Northern Lights and learn all about this spectacular phenomenon
  • Explore Norway’s amazing coastline in winter
  • Join in on fun winter activities
  • Learn about Norwegian culture, history and nature with our Expedition Teams
Discover beautiful coastal towns and cities like Ålesund in their winter coats.
Photo: Uteguiden.com
Dover - North Cape - Dover
Experience the magical winter wonderland of Norway.
Photo: Shutterstock
Experience the magical winter wonderland of Norway.
Marvel at that wonder of natural wonders, the Northern Lights.
Photo: Stian Klo

Itinerary

Join us for a special winter expedition cruise under the Northern Lights. See the best of Norway’s coastline and take part in exciting excursions to really discover this winter wonderland. Visit fascinating places and tiny coastal villages to get close to the authentic heart of Norway.
Day 1
Dover
Northern Exposure
Sunset over the sea

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

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

As we pass the white cliffs of Dover and head across the North Sea, you will see fishing boats, tankers and even helicopters ferrying workers to and from offshore oil and gas platforms.

Stretch your sea legs and get to know MS Maud. Find the amenities you like best – the Science Center, the hot tubs, the Explorer lounge, or maybe that nice spot on deck with a view and out of the wind. You may want to find that spot later if our hunt for the Aurora proves successful.

Sunset over the sea
A small boat in a large body of water
Passengers on deck
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea as we approach the Norwegian coastline.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
A man wearing a hat
Get to know the Expedition Team members as well as your fellow travellers.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
A group of people standing in front of a fireplace
Listen in on lectures made by the Expedition Team in the Science Center about the places you will soon experience.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Day 2
At sea
Norway Bound
A man wearing a hat
Get to know the Expedition Team members as well as your fellow travellers.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen

Enjoy another day at sea as we continue north to the Norwegian coastline.

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

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

Day 3
Bergen
Beautiful Bergen
City of Bergen and the medieval attraction Bryggen
Discover the charming city of Bergen and local attractions such as medieval Bryggen.
Photo: Ignacio Ceballos

In the morning, we get our first glimpse of the Norwegian coast. Small islands and mountains draw closer. We leave the North Sea and enter scenic straits and fjords.

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

Your included activity in Bergen is an excursion to Mount Fløyen. The Fløibanen funicular takes you to the top in just six minutes. At the summit you get amazing views over this city surrounded by seven mountains and the sea. Feeling energetic? Follow one of many light trails atop Mount Fløyen into possibly snow-decked alpine forrest.

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

Back aboard ship, d­inner awaits. We sail north from Bergen along the Hjeltefjord, the same route the Vikings took to the Shetland Islands and beyond. We are heading to the high north of Norway. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing, maybe in the panoramic lounge or out on deck. While its less likely the Northern Lights will appear this far south, it does happen. 

City of Bergen and the medieval attraction Bryggen
Discover the charming city of Bergen and local attractions such as medieval Bryggen.
Photo: Ignacio Ceballos
Bergen fish market
Taste fresh crab, scallops and prawns at Bergen’s famous fish market.
Photo: Shutterstock
The distinctive bridge along the Atlantic Road
Take a trip on the Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s official National Scenic Routes.
Photo: Steinar Melby / Visit North West
Lady outside of traditional restaurant in Norway
Try delicious fish soup, which is on the menu in many restaurants along the Norwegian coast.
Photo: Ole Størksen
View of the coastal town of Kristiansund, Norway.
Discover the historic 'dried cod capital’ of Kristiansund.
Photo: Altafoto.no
Day 4
Molde (half day) and Kristiansund
Norwegian Alps and Viking Battles
Lady outside of traditional restaurant in Norway
Try delicious fish soup, which is on the menu in many restaurants along the Norwegian coast.
Photo: Ole Størksen

At midday, we reach Norway’s ‘City of Roses’ – Molde. You may want to visit Romsdalsmuseet, one of Norway’s largest folk museums, exhibiting historic regional buildings and interiors. The city´s scenic viewpoint, Varden, is worth a visit, with its wonderful vistas across Molde, the fjord and snowy peaks of the Romsdal Alps in the distance.

Today’s included activity is a scenic bus trip along the Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s most-visited tourist destinations, spanning eight bridges through picturesque landscapes and across the open sea. The excursion ends in Kristiansund, where you rejoin the ship.

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

Maybe it’s a dry fact, but Kristiansund today is known as Norway’s ‘dried cod capital’ because of its historic export of dry salted fish, often called bacalao. Take some time to stroll along the waterfront of this interesting little city, past old shipyards and marinas, and see what you can find.

Day 5
Brønnøysund - Half day
Home of Famous Torghatten
The sculpture that marks the Arctic Circle
Cross the Arctic Circle at the small islet of Vikingen, where a globe sculpture marks the spot.
Photo: Alfred & Astrid Held

Welcome to Brønnøysund - a vibrant and pretty little town of 5,000 folks located on a narrow peninsula surrounded by islands and sea. You are now at the halfway mark along Norway’s long coastline. Brønnøysund is near the famous mountain with a hole in the middle - Torghatten.

Join local guides for a historical town walk, stop by a beautiful parish church from 1870 and visit small-scale producers of local food from the region.

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

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

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

The sculpture that marks the Arctic Circle
Cross the Arctic Circle at the small islet of Vikingen, where a globe sculpture marks the spot.
Photo: Alfred & Astrid Held
View of the mountain range Seven Sisters along the Helgeland coast in Norway
Admire the Seven Sisters mountain range as we sail north along the Helgeland coast.
Photo: Aslak Tronrud
Reine, a fishing village in Lofoten, Norway.
Visit the charming Lofoten fishing village of Reine, one of the most photographed places in Norway.
Photo: Shutterstock
Northern lights in Lofoten
Encounter the enchanting Northern Lights.
Photo: Stian Klo
Lofoten island during winter
Experience the Lofoten Islands draped in a blanket of snow.
Photo: Conor Sheridan
Day 6
Reine and Svolvær - Full day
Discover Amazing Lofoten
Northern lights in Lofoten
Encounter the enchanting Northern Lights.
Photo: Stian Klo

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

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

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

Join us to discover the nearby hamlet of Å, a scenic traditional fishing village.  Here you can visit the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum. Walk among coastal buildings from a century ago and get a sense of everyday life in the Lofoten fisheries over the last 250 years. You can also join one of our many optional excursions.

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

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

Day 7
Tromsø - Full day
Gateway to the Arctic
Snowshoing in norwegian winter landscape
Take part in numerous fun winter activities in and around Tromsø.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Looking for an adventurous winter wonderland? Tromsø is the perfect destination.

Choose winter activities like dog-sledging, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Your included activity in Tromsø is a ride into the sky on the Fjellheisen cable car, with breathtaking views of the city, mountains, fjords - and hopefully the Aurora.

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

Other winter activities include optional excursions with our Expedition Team on nature hikes, and Aurora-focused bus rides. Tromsø is so far north that you may see the Northern Lights directly overhead.

Snowshoing in norwegian winter landscape
Take part in numerous fun winter activities in and around Tromsø.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
View at the top of Fjellheisen in Tromsø, Norway
Admire the view at the top of the Fjellheisen Cable Car ride in Tromsø included in your programme for today.
Photo: Getty Images
A man and a boy feeding a seal.
Explore the high north and meet bearded seals at the Polaria Arctic experience centre.
Photo: Sigve Aspelund
Trømsø in the evening
Discover exciting urban amenities in Tromsø, nicknamed the ‘Paris of the north’.
Photo: Aslak Tronrud
Northern light above the mountains surrounding Tromsø
Hunt the elusive Northern Lights on special Aurora excursions outside Tromsø.
Photo: Jan R. Olsen
Day 8
Tromsø - Half day
Lively Arctic City
Trømsø in the evening
Discover exciting urban amenities in Tromsø, nicknamed the ‘Paris of the north’.
Photo: Aslak Tronrud

Another day in Tromsø means another day of discovery. Get ready to interact with Arctic nature. Today’s included activity is visiting the Arctic experience centre, Polaria. Look, feel, experience and understand why life in the sea and on land are inextricably linked. Polaria is also one of two places in Europe where you can see bearded seals at close range.

Historically,Tromsø was the starting point for several Arctic expeditions. It was also the first call when hunters and explorers returned to civilization, giving it a tough frontier reputation. Today the city is often called the Paris of the North because of its international and cultural diversity. Meet friendly locals, do some shopping or sample the city’s range of restaurants specializing in the region’s fresh produce.

As we leave Tromsø after lunch, spend the afternoon and evening on deck – hunting the Northern Lights.

Day 9
Honningsvåg - Full day
Edge of the World
View of the monument on top of the North Cape cliff
Stand at the edge of the world atop North Cape.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen

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

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

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

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

View of the monument on top of the North Cape cliff
Stand at the edge of the world atop North Cape.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
Polar nights in Arctic Norway
Experience the special light of polar nights in Arctic Norway.
Photo: Della Torre Stefan
Senja in Norway under the northern lights
Discover why Norwegians call Senja, ‘the fairy tale island’.
Photo: Tobias Bjorkli
View of the mountains in Senja
Encounter some of the world’s most beautiful scenery at Senja.
Photo: Shutterstock
Person looking out at the mountains along the coast in Senja, Norway.
Amidst nature’s majesty.
Photo: Tobias Bjorkli
Day 10
Finnsnes - Half day
Hidden Gem of Coastal Norway
View of the mountains in Senja
Encounter some of the world’s most beautiful scenery at Senja.
Photo: Shutterstock

Today we dock at Finnsnes, just across a bridge from the remarkable island of Senja.

Today’s included activity is a coach journey to Senja, which Norwegians call the ‘fairytale island’ because of its spectacular nature. Our road trip takes us to the outer side of the island along the Norwegian Scenic Route.

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

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

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

Day 11
At sea
Serenity of the Sea
People looking at northern lights on deck in northern Norway
Hunt for the Northern Lights at their best and brightest while at sea.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen

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

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

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

People looking at northern lights on deck in northern Norway
Hunt for the Northern Lights at their best and brightest while at sea.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
Get to know Expedition Team members and fellow travellers during days at sea.
Get to know Expedition Team members and fellow travellers during days at sea.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
View of Ålesund from Mount Aksla
Climb the 418 steps to the top of Mount Aksla for a spectacular view of Ålesund and the surrounding area.
Photo: Detlef Hinz
Ålesund’s Aquarium, built directly into the coastal landscape.
Visit Ålesund’s incredible Norwegian Aquarium, built directly into the coastal landscape.
Photo: Roger Engvik
Kayak paddling in Ålesund
Experience wintertime Ålesund on a peaceful kayak tour through the harbour.
Photo: Uteguiden.com
Day 12
Ålesund - Half day
Art Nouveau and Aquatic Species
Ålesund’s Aquarium, built directly into the coastal landscape.
Visit Ålesund’s incredible Norwegian Aquarium, built directly into the coastal landscape.
Photo: Roger Engvik

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

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

Norway is a seafood nation and Ålesund is its fisheries capital – so it’s only natural your included activity today is a visit to the Norwegian Aquarium. Built directly into the rocky coastline, the aquarium is also an architectural marvel. Due to excellent oceanic conditions along the Norwegian coast, the aquarium features a colourful and exciting range of fish and fauna, including octopus, seals and penguins.

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

Day 13
Stavanger - Half day
City of Natural Highs
Cobbelstone streets of Old Stavanger, Norway
Stroll the charming cobblestone streets of Old Stavanger.
Photo: Shutterstock

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

The Stavanger region is on the radar of nearly every visitor to Norway. Many different nationalities are drawn to the area, making it a highly international destination. Its cosmopolitan nature is reflected in the city’s lively, urban ambience, with creative food menus, fun pubs and bars, and a booming cultural scene. If you want to get away from the madding crowd, journey out to the region’s many sandy beaches.

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

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

You can choose from many other optional excursions in Stavanger, for example, a visit to the Norwegian Canning Museum, which tells the city’s story about its former status as the sardine canning capital of Norway.

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

Cobbelstone streets of Old Stavanger, Norway
Stroll the charming cobblestone streets of Old Stavanger.
Photo: Shutterstock
The oil museum in Stavanger
Visit the Norwegian Oil Museum and learn about Norway’s most important modern-era industry.
Photo: Shutterstock
A group of people sitting in a room
Review your winter expedition cruise along Norway’s coastline with the Expedition Team.
Photo: Espen Mills
Person looking at the sunset on deck
Enjoy the crisp winter air and your last sunset at sea before journey’s end.
Photo: Leslie A. Kelly
Day 14
At sea
Relax and Unwind
A group of people sitting in a room
Review your winter expedition cruise along Norway’s coastline with the Expedition Team.
Photo: Espen Mills

It’s our final day at sea. As we cross the North Sea, you may spot the giant gas flares atop one of the many oil and gas platforms.

You may want to take one last soak in the hot tub, relax in the ship’s lounge, edit your photographs, or join the Expedition Team as they review the highlights of your memorable winter expedition cruise to the coast of Norway.

During the night, we'll have a technical stop in Calais.

Day 15
Dover
Return to England
White cliffs of Dover
Spot the familiar white cliffs as we approach Dover.
Photo: Ebelien

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

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

Welcome aboard again soon!

White cliffs of Dover
Spot the familiar white cliffs as we approach Dover.
Photo: Ebelien
Boat in front of the white cliffs of Dover
Explore Dover before heading home.
Photo: Lihor Malytskyi
Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

What's included

Included in your voyage

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in the cabin grade of your choice

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • A rich programme of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including on-shore exploration with the Expedition Team.
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts from various academic fields with profound knowledge of the regions we sail in.
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket.
  • Loan of spikes, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities.

ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION

  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology and culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience.  
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research.
  • Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, and a selection of photos from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook.
  • Opportunities to casually engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come.
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers.  
  • Destination-focused on-board 
  • Port presentations providing destination insights.
  • A farewell event.

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included 
  • A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests) 
  • Gym, hot tubs and sauna
  • Free wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we may sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights  
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners or Expedition Team 
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling  

Notes

Included excursions:

  • Day 3: Bergen. Take the cable car Fløibanen
  • Day 4: Molde and Kristiansund. Scenic bus ride along the Atlantic Road (National Tourist Route)
  • Day 5: Brønnøysund. Town walk
  • Day 6: Reine and Svolvær. Community visit to Å
  • Day 7: Tromsø. Cable car up Fjellheisen
  • Day 8: Tromsø. Visit to Polaria experience centre
  • Day 9: Honningsvåg. Visit North Cape
  • Day 10: Senja. Scenic bus ride along the National Tourist Route.
  • Day 12: Ålesund. The Norwegian Aquarium
  • Day 13: Stavanger. Visit the Norwegian Petroleum Museum

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Your ship

MS Maud

Year built 2002 (Year of refurbishment: 2021)
Shipyard Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)
Beds 528
Gross tonnage 16,140 T
Length 135,75 m
Beam 21.5 m
Speed 15 knots
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MS Maud is designed to take you on an expedition of the Norwegian coast in maximum comfort, equipped for a sustainable and memorable expedition.

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