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A 15-day itinerary to explore the pristine coastline of Norway, in search of the Northern Lights: a natural phenomenon that occurs at this time of year. You’ll start this wondrous journey from Dover, passing by its famous white cliffs before heading towards many fascinating places, cities and small villages along the Norwegian coast. Discover magical snow-covered landscapes, learn about the region’s interesting culture and rich history, and behold nature at its spectacular best from the ideal vantage point – the comfort of a ship’s open deck.

Highlights

  • Experience the Northern Lights and learn all about this spectacular phenomenon
  • Navigate to North Cape, the northernmost point in Europe
  • Visit fascinating cities such as Tromsø, known as the “Paris of the North”
  • Partake in fun winter activities
  • Learn about Norwegian culture, history and nature with our Expedition Teams

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Dover
Day 2: At sea
Day 3: Bergen
Day 4: Molde (half day) and Kristiansund
Day 5: Brønnøysund
Day 6: Reine and Svolvær
Day 7–8: Tromsø
Day 9: Honningsvåg
Day 10: Finnsnes
Day 11: At sea
Day 12: Ålesund
Day 13: Stavanger
Day 14: At sea
Day 15: Dover

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Day 1: Dover

The journey will start in Dover where you’ll set sail towards the coast of Norway, in the pursuit of the Northern Lights: a natural phenomenon which is the result of geomagnetic disturbances caused by solar wind.
As you pass by the impressive White Cliffs of Dover and navigate through the North Sea, you’ll see many fishing boats working in the area. On the way, you can stretch your legs and appreciate the facilities of the ship, the MS Maud, from the Science Centre to the Explorer Lounge to the outdoor gym and hot tubs, or simply find your favourite spot on the upper deck to enjoy the impressive views of the horizon, a precious spot that will prove even more useful once you approach the Aurora.

Day 2: At sea

As you continue north, you will have the opportunity to meet the expedition team, who will prepare you for the amazing experiences ahead, sharing their stories and extensive knowledge. Or perhaps you’ll want to just relax, spending the day admiring the views and enjoying the ship’s restaurant where you will have the choice of both traditional Norwegian dishes and international cuisine.

Day 3: Bergen

Founded in 1070 AD, Bergen is one of Norway’s most beautiful cities and was once the capital of the country. Bergen is a city of character with a rich history and charm. It is also a hub for travellers, and you’ll be able to stroll through the UNESCO listed Bryggen district, characterised by colourful wooden houses built in the Middle Ages.
You will also have the opportunity to go on an excursion to Mount Fløyen. The funicular will take you to the top in just six minutes, where you will be amazed by the views of the city and the stunning landscapes: this coastal area is surrounded by seven mountains! If you’re feeling active, you can go for a hike, following light trails before wandering into the city to explore its many cafés, pubs, unique boutiques and world-class museums.
Your best chances of spotting the Northern Lights will be further north, but if you’re lucky, you might just spot them tonight as you sail away from Bergen. 

Day 4: Molde (half day) and Kristiansund

The ship will arrive in Molde, known as the “City of Roses”, where you can visit one of Norway’s largest folk museums exhibiting historic regional buildings and interiors. It is worth visiting the city’s impressive viewpoint, Varden, and the fjords and snowy peaks of the Romsdal Alps on the horizon.
You’ll go on a scenic bus trip along the Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations, passing through eight bridges, picturesque landscapes and across the open sea. The excursion will end in Kristiansund where you’ll discover the historic “dried cod capital”, so named because of its historic export of dried salted fish called bacalao.

Day 5: Brønnøysund

The vibrant and pretty little town of Brønnøysund has a population of 5,000 inhabitants. Situated between islands and the sea, the town is near the famous mountain of Torghatten, with its characteristic hole in its centre.
You’ll join local guides for a historical town walk, visiting a beautiful parish church from 1970 and local food producers. An optional excursion will take you to Vega Island – a UNESCO World Heritage site where the islanders demonstrate their sustainable way of life.

Day 6: Reine and Svolvær

You’ll navigate to the Lofoten Islands – famous for their impressive and dramatic peaks, sheltered bays and unspoilt beaches. You’ll spend the day exploring the islands: discovering excellent fishing sites, fascinating villages and having the opportunity to practice year-round activities. Visit traditional villages such as the village of Å before sailing alongside the massive Lofoten Wall towards Svolvær, a town with remarkable shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. 
At night, you might just find yourself settling into your favourite spot on the ship’s deck, as there is a good chance you will spot the natural phenomenon everyone is waiting for – the Northern Lights!

Days 7–8: Tromsø

Historically, Tromsø was the starting point for Arctic expeditions and also the first destination hunters and explorers would reach when returning to civilisation. The city is quite often called the “Paris of the North”, which can be explained by its international and cultural diversity. You’ll meet friendly locals, and get a glimpse of the city’s amazing restaurants specialising in the region’s fresh produce.
The city is bursting with fascinating history, culture and bold architecture such as the Arctic Cathedral – a landmark in Tromsø. It also hosts the world’s northernmost brewery, Mack Bryggeri. We recommend going to the lively pub Ølhallen, where townspeople go for a chat and a beer. You can also choose to participate in some winter activities such as dog sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. 
This city is also one of the best places to admire the Northern Lights, so keep your eyes on the skies once again, ready to enjoy the show!

Day 9: Honningsvåg

Here you are, at the northernmost point in Europe – North Cape. You’ll start the day by taking a scenic bus ride from the town of Honningsvåg, crossing a mountain plateau, small bays and tiny villages before arriving at North Cape. There, you’ll stand at the edge of the cliff and feel as though you are standing at the edge of the world. Make sure you have your camera with you, as the landscapes promise to be utterly mesmerising.
Back in Honningsvåg, you can have a stroll through the streets and admire the beautiful houses, remarkable shops and a church that was the only building still standing after the World War II bombing, before returning to the ship and starting the journey back south. 

Day 10: Finnsnes

You’ll dock at Finnsnes, just across a bridge from the remarkable island of Senja – Norway’s second largest island, with a population of less than 8,000 inhabitants. Senja’s waters abound in marine life, and fishing and aquaculture are the main industries. The island is famous for its diverse landscapes, with a wild outer side characterised by high mountains facing the Atlantic, whilst the calmer south has isolated coves, a rocky coastline and is home to Ånderdalen National Park. This location is another particularly great spot for high chances of seeing the Northern Lights.

Day 11: At sea

Spend the day enjoying the ship’s many facilities, learning more about the magical Aurora from the expedition team, and soaking in the fantastic views as you continue south towards your next destination. 

Day 12: Ålesund

Ålesund is mostly known for its unique Art Nouveau architecture. Take the opportunity to wander through this charming city’s cobblestone streets, and visit the Norwegian Aquarium where you can appreciate the diversity of the local fish and fauna, including octopus, seals and penguins.

Day 13: Stavanger

Stavanger has a lot to offer travellers, which is undoubtedly the reason why every visitor to Norway considers stopping by this city. Many different nationalities are drawn to the area, which is reflected in the city’s ambiance with creative food menus, interesting pubs and bars and a booming cultural scene. You’ll also have the chance to see the beautiful Old Stavanger – Europe’s best-preserved wooden house area, where 170 white wooden buildings dating back to the 1700s still stand. 

Day 14: At sea

Another day aboard the MS Maud, to enjoy the facilities, reflect on your incredible journey and enjoy some rest and relaxation before arriving back in the UK.

Day 15: Dover

You’ll pass the White Cliffs of Dover early in the morning, before disembarking at the city’s harbour. Bid farewell to the crew and your fellow travellers and take with you unforgettable memories of beautiful Norway and the spectacular Northern Lights.


MS Maud

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MS Maud is named in honour of the Queen of Norway and is designed to take you to the mesmerising sights of the Norwegian coast. The ship accommodates up to 530 passengers.

The vessel is equipped for a sustainable and unforgettable experience. It is an ice class 1Cship equipped with advanced technology well-suited for expedition cruises in Norway. She is equipped with a battery pack to support the ship’s engines and significantly cut emissions. The engines have also been upgraded to lower emissions, making the ship even more sustainable. 


MS Maud from 6th October 2021 to 20th October 2021

Polar Inside: £2,974.00
Polar Outside: £3,061.00
Arctic Superior: £3,644.00
Expedition Suite: £5,917.00

MS Maud from 20th October 2021 to 3rd November 2021

Polar Inside: £2,974.00
Polar Outside: £3,061.00
Arctic Superior: £3,644.00
Expedition Suite: £5,917.00

MS Maud from 3rd November 2021 to 17th November 2021

Polar Inside: £2,974.00
Polar Outside: £3,061.00
Arctic Superior: £3,644.00
Expedition Suite: £5,917.00

MS Maud from 17th November 2021 to 1st December 2021

Polar Inside: £3,239.00
Polar Outside: £3,333.00
Arctic Superior: £3,968.00
Expedition Suite: £6,444.00

MS Maud from 1st December 2021 to 15th December 2021

Polar Inside: £3,239.00
Polar Outside: £3,333.00
Arctic Superior: £3,968.00
Expedition Suite: £6,444.00

MS Maud from 15th December 2021 to 29th December 2021

Polar Inside: £3,989.00
Polar Outside: £4,105.00
Arctic Superior: £4,887.00
Expedition Suite: £7,936.00

MS Maud from 29th December 2021 to 12th January 2022

Polar Inside: £3,799.00
Polar Outside: £3,910.00
Arctic Superior: £4,654.00
Expedition Suite: £7,558.00

MS Maud from 12th January 2022 to 26th January 2022

Polar Inside: £3,419.00
Polar Outside: £3,519.00
Arctic Superior: £4,189.00
Expedition Suite: £6,802.00

MS Maud from 26th January 2022 to 9th February 2022

Polar Inside: £3,509.00
Polar Outside: £3,611.00
Arctic Superior: £4,299.00
Expedition Suite: £6,982.00

MS Maud from 9th February 2022 to 23rd February 2022

Polar Inside: £3,799.00
Polar Outside: £3,910.00
Arctic Superior: £4,654.00
Expedition Suite: £7,558.00

MS Maud from 23rd February 2022 to 9th March 2022

Polar Inside: £3,799.00
Polar Outside: £3,910.00
Arctic Superior: £4,654.00
Expedition Suite: £7,558.00

MS Maud from 9th March 2022 to 23rd March 2022

Polar Inside: £3,799.00
Polar Outside: £3,910.00
Arctic Superior: £4,654.00
Expedition Suite: £7,558.00



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