We use cookies on our website in order to improve your experience. By using our website you consent to our use of cookies. See our privacy policy here.

Join Hurtigruten on a 22-day expedition cruise starting and ending in Dover to the coast of Norway and all the way north to the Svalbard archipelago. Sailing from Dover, you’ll head straight for the Norwegian coast where you get to explore dramatic and enchanting fjords like Trollfjord, Hjørundfjord, Sognefjord and Lysefjord. You'll visit remote villages and historic cities to learn more about Norway, its history, the people and their culture and marvel at impressive mountains and glaciers serving as perfect backdrops along the way.

Your ship, the MS Maud will cross the Arctic Circle, where days grow shorter and nights longer, improving your chances of seeing the magical Northern Lights. During your exploration of the Arctic region, you’ll see a range of birdlife on Bear Island and look out for polar bears at Hornsund. Isfjord boasts dramatic landscapes while Bellsund has fascinating hunting and trapping history.


  • Spot polar bears in the Svalbard archipelago
  • Witness giant glaciers calving icebergs into the sea
  • Discover ancient whaling and historical cultural sites
  • Keep watch for seals, reindeer, whales and thousands of seabirds, including puffins and guillemots. 

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Dover
Day 2: At sea
Day 3: Bergen
Day 4: Kalvåg
Day 5: Frøya
Day 6: Træna
Day 7: Reine (Lofoten Islands)
Day 8: Tromsø
Day 9: Skarsvåg
Day 10: Bear Island
Day 11: South Spitsbergen National Park
Day 12: Isfjord
Day 13: Bellsund
Day 14: At sea
Day 15: Senja
Day 16: Svartisen
Day 17: Kristiansund
Day 18: Hjørundfjord
Day 19: Sognefjorden
Day 20: Lysefjord
Day 21: At sea
Day 22: Dover

Secure your space today by calling one of our Travel Specialists on 0203 196 1000


Day 1 - Dover

Embark the MS Maud at Dover 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 your 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.

Day 2 - At sea
Day 3 - Bergen
Day 4 - Kalvåg
Day 5 - Frøya
Day 6 - Træna
Day 7 - Reine (Lofoten Islands)
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. You'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. You'll visit 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.  
Day 8 - Tromsø
Day 9 - Skarsvåg
Day 10 - Bear Island
Day 11 - South Spitsbergen National Park
Day 12 - Isfjord
Day 13 - Bellsund
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!
Day 14 - At sea
Your discovery of Svalbard is over, and your ship has started the journey back south. You'll cross the Barents Sea, named after the Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz, who discovered Spitsbergen and Bear Island.
Day 15 - Senja
Today, your ship will 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 your ship can dock and you can go ashore for walks. 
Day 16 - Svartisen
Today you'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.
Day 17 - Kristiansund
Day 18 - Hjørundfjord
Day 19 - Sognefjorden
Day 20 - Lysefjord
Early in the morning, you will reach the Stavanger area and the highlight of the day, Lysefjord. It is 40 km long, up to 422 metres deep and boasts some of the most striking vertical cliffs of all the Norwegian fjords.
Day 21 - At sea
Sadly, it’s your last day at sea and your adventure is drawing to a close. As your ship crosses the North Sea, you may spot seabirds and dolphins that like to follow the ship. 
Day 22 - Dover
Your ship will 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. 

Departures and Prices

Send An Enquiry
Enquire About Spring Expedition Cruise to Norway and Svalbard from Dover by Hurtigruten

When Do You Want To Go?

My Routes Rewards Logo

From your first booking with us, you’ll become a member of My Routes Rewards and begin collecting points for every holiday you book!


We'll compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators to find your perfect cruise.

Our prices are amongst the best you'll find, plus look out for Polar Routes exclusive offers!

As supporters of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, booking with us helps support the work of the trust within Antarctica.

All our holidays are ATOL protected (11104), for your complete peace of mind.


Why book with Polar Routes?

  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators.
  • From former Russian research vessels to larger and luxurious ships - there is an expedition cruise to suit you. 
  • Our Polar Specialists will help you choose the perfect expedition cruise for your requirements.
  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know all the polar destinations inside out.
  • Our expert team of Polar Specialists have extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
  • All of our Polar Specialists have first-hand experience of expedition cruising to the polar regions.
  • Our prices are amongst the best you'll find, plus look out for Polar Routes exclusive offers!
  • All our holidays are ATOL protected (11104), for your complete peace of mind.
  • As supporters of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, booking with us helps support the work of the trust within Antarctica.