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Midnight Sun Expedition Cruise from Dover

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MS Maud

from £3,699 pps
Dover to Dover 30 May - 13 June 2022 14 nights

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

Above the Polar Circle in the Arctic North, you’ll experience the phenomenon of the Midnight Sun, creating endless days drenched in hazy warm hues and lighting up Norway’s fjords and mountains.

Sailing from Dover, this expedition cruise takes in the best of Norway’s spectacularly scenic coast on a summer adventure under the glow of the Midnight Sun. You’ll journey to hidden and famous fjords, visit charming coastal cities, idyllic fishing villages, and the North Cape in the Arctic, and explore remote island archipelagos few ever visit.

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

Dover30-05-2022
Bergen01-06-2022
Hjørundfjord02-06-2022
Crossing the Arctic Circle03-06-2022
Lofoten04-06-2022
North Cape05-06-2022
Tromso06-06-2022
Senja07-06-2022
Traena08-06-2022
Kristiansund, Norway09-06-2022
Vaerlandet10-06-2022
Lysefjord11-06-2022
Dover13-06-2022
Dover

Dover

Embark: 30 May 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.
Bergen

Bergen

In Port: 1 June 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.

Hjørundfjord

In Port: 2 June 2022
Hjørundfjord is part of the UNESCO designated Fjords Norway area which is notable for “exceptional natural beauty”. Unlike its neighbour, the famous Geirangerfjord, which gets a bit too popular in the summer, Hjørundfjord can bask in its beauty in tranquillity thanks to being off the beaten tourist track.
Crossing the Arctic Circle

Crossing the Arctic Circle

In Port: 3 June 2022
Sail north along the rugged Helgeland coast towards Lofoten, following the sheltered coastal route that Hurtigruten pioneered almost 130 years ago. Once past Brønnøysund, the ship will soon cross the Arctic Circle. The occasion will be marked with a special ceremony. What that ceremony will be is something you’ll just have to be on board to find out! Then enter Northern Norway and, for the next few days, the warm glow of the 24-hour Midnight Sun will accompany you.
Lofoten

Lofoten

In Port: 4 June 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.
North Cape

North Cape

In Port: 5 June 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!
Tromso

Tromso

In Port: 6 June 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.
Senja

Senja

In Port: 7 June 2022
Dock at Senja, one of the most ruggedly beautiful and less-visited islands in Norway. You’ll be awestruck by the scenery on display. Senja is Norway’s second largest island but counts fewer than 8,000 inhabitants, most of whom are employed in fishing and aquaculture. Sometimes referred to as ‘Norway in miniature’, the island boasts diverse landscapes that seem to change in the blink of an eye. One of the best ways to see the island’s many beautiful contrasting topographies is a road trip along the National Scenic Route in Senja.
Traena

Traena

In Port: 8 June 2022
Træna is an archipelago of over 400 islands and islets right on the Arctic Circle. 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, which is probably best appreciated in summer. There is a permanent outdoor photography exhibition, a themed café, and even a local ‘Waikiki Beach’.
Kristiansund, Norway

Kristiansund, Norway

In Port: 9 June 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.
Vaerlandet

Vaerlandet

In Port: 10 June 2022
Explore the area around Værlandet, the westernmost islands of Norway, and the outlet of Sognefjord. At only 3.5 square miles and with only 200 people, Værlandet itself is a small island even by Norwegian standards and the island is rarely visited by cruise ships. The windswept islands in and around Værlandet face the North Sea and are a stark contrast to the sheltered fjords. Here, where even the trees are small and bent by the wind, small communities exist, surviving largely on fishing and a little tourism. The coastal islands are also home to many animals, so be on the lookout for seals, otters, porpoises, eagles and deer.
Lysefjord

Lysefjord

In Port: 11 June 2022
Sail into the imposing Lysefjord towards the iconic viewpoint at Preikestolen. Lysefjord is 40 kilometres long, up to 422 metres deep and boasts some of the most striking vertical cliffs of all the Norwegian fjords. Preikestolen, also known as Pulpit Rock, is perhaps the most famous tourist attraction in Norway. As you approach Preikestolen, you may be treated to a fine view of this incredible rock formation from below. You may also see the equally renown Kjæragbolten where a giant boulder seems precariously wedged in a mountain crevasse.
Dover

Dover

Disembark: 13 June 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.