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Northern Lights and Fjords Expedition

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MS Maud

from £3,099 pps Northern Lights Promise
Dover to Dover 12 - 26 January 2022 14 nights

Cruise on board MS Maud from Dover to Dover for 14 nights.

This is the Norwegian winter adventure you’ve been waiting for. Sailing from Dover, you’ll visit cosy coastal communities and search Arctic skies for Norway’s Northern Lights.

Sail to the best of the Norwegian coast above and below the Arctic Circle. You’ll enjoy adventure under the active Auroral Zone, assured by Hurtigruten’s Northern Lights Promise of a free voyage if the aurora doesn’t occur. Engage in exciting optional winter excursions while you visit cosy cities, historic towns, and beautiful villages.

Ship & Staterooms

MS Maud

Small ship Expeditions MS Maud is the new name of MS Midnatsol after her upgrade in 2021. MS Maud honours the first Norwegian queen in modern history, whose name is often associated with exploration. Roald Amundsen’s famous polar vessel from 1917 was the first to use the name Maud. MS Maud is equipped with advanced technology that makes her exceptionally well-suited for expedition cruises in Norway and the British Isles. Learn more

Cruise Itinerary

Dover12-01-2022
Stavanger, Norway14-01-2022
Alesund, Norway15-01-2022
Bronnoysund, Norway16-01-2022
Lofoten17-01-2022
Tromso18-01-2022
North Cape19-01-2022
Finnsnes, Norway20-01-2022
Kristiansund, Norway22-01-2022
Bergen23-01-2022
Calais25-01-2022
Dover26-01-2022
Dover

Dover

Embark: 12 January 2022
Dover is a coastal town in England’s southeastern county of Kent. Situated on the English Channel at the mouth of a valley in the chalk uplands that form the famous white cliffs, Dover is the closest English port to the European mainland. No trip here is complete without walking alongside or atop the iconic white cliffs that have become a symbol for England. Built to repel invasions from across the English Channel, medieval Dover Castle overlooks the town and houses the extensive Secret Wartime Tunnels, and is tipped to be the largest castle in England. There is a rare Roman lighthouse here, one of only three in the world and reputedly the UK’s oldest building.
Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger, Norway

In Port: 14 January 2022
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. While it’s less likely to spot the Northern Lights this far south, it does happen. Keep your eyes on the northern edge of the horizon.
Alesund, Norway

Alesund, Norway

In Port: 15 January 2022
Ålesund is 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. Take the opportunity to visit 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.
Bronnoysund, Norway

Bronnoysund, Norway

In Port: 16 January 2022
A vibrant and pretty little town of 5,000 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. Brønnøysund is also the gateway to Vega Island – a UNESCO World Heritage site, 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.
Lofoten

Lofoten

In Port: 17 January 2022
You won’t 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. Keep looking skyward to catch sight of the Northern Lights.
Tromso

Tromso

In Port: 18 January 2022
Explore Tromsø, capital of the Arctic. Tromsø is the perfect destination for winter activities and boasts a wide range of optional excursions to choose from depending on your interests. Enjoy 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. 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 Huritgruten's Expedition Team on nature hikes, and Aurora-focused bus rides. Tromsø is so far north that you may see the Northern Lights directly overhead.
North Cape

North Cape

In Port: 19 January 2022
Today we visit one of the northernmost points in Europe, North Cape and is 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. 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, 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!
Finnsnes, Norway

Finnsnes, Norway

In Port: 20 January 2022
Today we dock at Finnsnes, just across a bridge from the remarkable island of Senja, called the ‘fairytale island’ because of its spectacular nature. Senja is Norway’s second largest island and counts just under 8,000 inhabitants. 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.
Kristiansund, Norway

Kristiansund, Norway

In Port: 22 January 2022
A brief stop in Kristiansund for guests wishing to take a trip along the Atlantic Road, to Molde. 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. After lunch, we reach Norway’s ‘City of Roses’ – Molde, where you rejoin the ship again.
Bergen

Bergen

In Port: 23 January 2022
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. 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. Spend 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.

Calais

In Port: 25 January 2022
It’s our final day at sea and your cruise is fast drawing to a close. Today will be a good time to spend reflecting on and taking stock of all the wonderful experiences you’ve had. Like the sensation of standing at dramatic North Cape. Or the spectacular scenery of the Lofoten Islands in Reine. Or maybe the varied and magical landscapes of Senja. In the evening we reach Calais where we will celebrate the end to our journey to the land of the Northern Lights. At a local cathedral we enjoy a classical music concert and our expedition team will recap our journey so far.
Dover

Dover

Disembark: 26 January 2022
Dover is a coastal town in England’s southeastern county of Kent. Situated on the English Channel at the mouth of a valley in the chalk uplands that form the famous white cliffs, Dover is the closest English port to the European mainland. No trip here is complete without walking alongside or atop the iconic white cliffs that have become a symbol for England. Built to repel invasions from across the English Channel, medieval Dover Castle overlooks the town and houses the extensive Secret Wartime Tunnels, and is tipped to be the largest castle in England. There is a rare Roman lighthouse here, one of only three in the world and reputedly the UK’s oldest building.