Spring Expedition Cruise to Norway’s Fjords from Dover

Spring Expedition Cruise to Norway’s Fjords from Dover

Spring Expedition Cruise to Norway’s Fjords from Dover

Spring Expedition Cruise to Norway’s Fjords from Dover

Travel information 11 days MS Maud
April 9, 2023
Price from $ 5,100
$ 4,845
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Explore five of Norway’s most beautiful fjords on this springtime expedition cruise, sailing from Dover to the stunning Norwegian coast.

Norway’s ‘royal’ fjords

This springtime expedition cruise includes five of Norway’s most beautiful fjords. Discover why Sognefjord is nicknamed ‘King of the Fjords’ as we explore it and visit the charming village of Flåm. From there, your ship continues to Skjolden at the end of Sognefjord, passing snowcapped mountains and remote settlements along the way. You’ll then soak up the scenery of magnificent Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage site hailed as the ‘Crown Jewel’ of Norwegian fjords.

High peaks and lush valleys

In Nordfjord, you’ll see high peaks and glaciers, fertile valleys, and beautiful sandy beaches. We’ll anchor at Loen, where stunning views await at the top of Mount Hoven. Next, you’ll explore the wild, lush valleys of Hardangerfjord. This ‘Queen of the Fjords’ is home to some of the prettiest orchards in Norway. Finish your spectacular fjord adventure at Lysefjord and take in the iconic Pulpit Rock viewpoint before sailing back to Dover.

Spring is in the air

In spring, the sun returns to Norway’s skies, bringing longer, warmer days that awaken the flora and fauna from their winter slumber. Snow still covers the mountains, but as it thaws, the meltwater gushes down rock faces, creating beautiful waterfalls and adding a deep color to the rivers. The valleys are flanked by green pastures and blooming fruit trees, and idyllic fjord villages emerge from hibernation.

Spring Expedition Cruise to Norway’s Fjords from Dover Spring Expedition Cruise to Norway’s Fjords from Dover
  • Day 1
    Dover, U.K.

    Setting sail

    April 9, 2023

    Start your cruise to Norway’s famous fjords from the White Cliffs of Dover.

    If you have time, walk alongside Dover’s iconic white cliffs before embarking your comfortable expedition ship, MS Maud.

    Once you board, pick up your complimentary expedition jacket and settle into your cabin before attending a mandatory safety drill. Head out on deck and gaze at the fishing boats and seagulls as we bid a fond farewell to Dover.

    Later in the evening, we’ll call on the port of Harwich, which is one of the most important ports on the Essex coast. To celebrate the start of our journey, you’ll enjoy a local sea shanty performance before crossing the North Sea.

    Day 1
    Dover, U.K.

    Setting sail

  • Day 2-3
    At Sea

    Northbound to the fjords of Norway

    April 10, 2023 - April 11, 2023

    Settle into the rhythm of life at sea, expedition style

    As we sail to Norway, you will have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the ship. Work up a sweat in the gym, spot wildlife on the Observation Deck, soak in a hot tub, or indulge yourself in one of our three restaurants.

    The Expedition Team will prepare you for the adventure ahead by giving lectures on topics ranging from geology to photography.

    We also support several Citizen Science projects, which we encourage you to join. Not only will you be helping the scientific community, you’ll also be gaining a better understanding of the world around you.

    Day 2-3
    At Sea

    Northbound to the fjords of Norway

  • Day 4
    Flåm, Aurlandsfjord, Norway 

    Spectacular fjord landscape

    April 12, 2023

    Welcome to Flåm, the quintessential Norwegian village.

    Surrounded by steep mountainsides and cascading waterfalls, Flåm couldn’t be more scenic. Experience the natural beauty surrounding you on nature walks, biking, or kayaking.

    You’ll want to go up to the Stegastein viewing platform. An architectural masterpiece jutting out from the mountainside, you’ll be standing over 2,000 ft above the Aurlandsfjord.

    Flåm’s iconic railway is a masterpiece of engineering and one of the steepest railways in the world. You’ll feel the pull of nostalgia as you’re whisked through breathtaking mountain scenery on an hour-long optional excursion.

    • Included Flåm - Stegastein Viewpoint
    Day 4
    Flåm, Aurlandsfjord, Norway 

    Spectacular fjord landscape

  • Day 5
    Skjolden, Sognefjord, Norway

    Idyllic fjord villages and a stave church

    April 13, 2023

    Discover Skjolden, the tiny village at the end of the world’s longest fjord.

    Sailing deep into Sognefjord, we’ll pass idyllic villages dotted along fertile plains. One of these is Skjolden, home to around 200 residents and our intended base for today.

    Enjoy a trip to nearby Urnes Stave Church, an outstanding example of traditional Scandinavian wooden architecture. It’s the oldest stave church in Norway and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also have the chance to join optional excursions, including hiking or kayaking.

    In the evening, we may take a scenic cruise of Nærøyfjorden, which has UNESCO status and is said to be among the most scenic landscapes in the world.

    Day 5
    Skjolden, Sognefjord, Norway

    Idyllic fjord villages and a stave church

  • Day 6
    Geirangerfjord, Norway

    Seven wonderful waterfalls

    April 14, 2023

    Explore Geirangerfjord - the crown jewel of Norway’s fjords

    With fewer visitors and milder weather, spring is arguably the best season to see Geirangerfjord, often referred to as the ‘Crown Jewel’ of Norwegian fjords. Cruising these emerald-green waters, you’ll discover a fairytale landscape brimming with spectacular waterfalls, including the famed Bridal Veil and the Seven Sisters.

    Small boats (RIBs) will take you ashore to explore the fjord and its many small communities, if conditions allow. We’ve picked some fantastic optional activities for you to enjoy. This includes the chance to kayak along the fjord (conditions permitting).

    • Included Norwegian Fjord Center
    Day 6
    Geirangerfjord, Norway

    Seven wonderful waterfalls

  • Day 7
    Loen, Nordfjord, Norway

    A view from the top

    April 15, 2023

    Soak up stunning mountain views in the charming village of Loen.

    Sailing to the idyllic village of Loen, feast your eyes upon dazzling glaciers, fertile valleys, and beautiful sandy beaches. Situated at the base of Nordfjord and Mount Hoven, Loen comes with views fit for a postcard and a variety of ways to explore.

    Take advantage of Loen’s Skylift cable car and climb to the top of Mount Hoven. You can enjoy spectacular views of the mountains, valleys, and the fjord.

    Weather permitting, we offer optional excursions such as guided hikes along alpine trails in optional excursions. The impressive Briksdalsbreen Glacier and the nearby Kleivafossen waterfall are also popular attractions.

    • Included Loen Skylift
    Day 7
    Loen, Nordfjord, Norway

    A view from the top

  • Day 8
    Rosendal/Sunndal, Hardangerfjord, Norway

    Spring is blooming in the fjords

    April 16, 2023

    Hardangerfjord in spring is a paradise, featuring mountains, glaciers, and apple orchards.

    Welcome to Hardangerfjord, the fifth-longest fjord in the world. Enjoy a mild climate in spring, where the hillsides are lined with the prettiest apple orchards in Norway, blanketed in white blossoms.

    We plan to explore the villages of Sunndal or Rosendal, depending on the weather conditions. From Sunndal, you can explore the area on a scenic hike or by kayak with the Expedition Team as optional excursions.

    In the quaint village of Rosendal, the biggest attraction is the 16th-century Baronial manor, famous for its beautiful rose garden and landscaped grounds.

    • Included Rosendal – Folgefonn Centre
    Day 8
    Rosendal/Sunndal, Hardangerfjord, Norway

    Spring is blooming in the fjords

  • Day 9
    Lysefjord, Norway

    On a high at Pulpit Rock

    April 17, 2023

    Prepare to see some of the most striking rock formations in the world

    Preikestolen, also known as Pulpit Rock, is probably the most famous tourist attraction in Norway. Hopefully we’ll be treated to a fine view of this incredible rock formation from below as we approach Preikestolen.

    If weather conditions allow, we recommend taking the optional excursion to the Preikestolen viewpoint. This five-hour guided hike takes you nearly 2,000 feet above Lysefjord.

    If you decide to hang out on the ship, head out to the deck to bask in the magnificent scenery, and admire the majestic mountains towering above you.

    Day 9
    Lysefjord, Norway

    On a high at Pulpit Rock

  • Day 10
    At Sea

    Rest, relax, and reflect

    April 18, 2023

    Think back on the best moments of your expedition cruise

    Today is a day at sea. Make the most of your day at sea aboard MS Maud. Soak in the hot tub, work out in the gym, or relax in the Explorer Lounge, or edit photos from your trip.

    Don’t miss the Expedition Team as they review the highlights of your memorable expedition cruise to the fjords of Norway. As we cross the North Sea, keep an eye out for the seabirds and dolphins that like to follow the ship.

    Day 10
    At Sea

    Rest, relax, and reflect

  • Day 11
    Dover, U.K.

    Simply ‘un-fjord-gettable’

    April 19, 2023

    End your expedition cruise in Dover, the gateway to England.

    Today you’ll say farewell to MS Maud, but will keep unforgettable memories of the magnificent fjords along Norway’s west coast. Before you head out of the area, Dover itself has a number of attractions you won’t want to miss.

    No trip here is complete without walking alongside or atop the iconic White Cliffs that have become a symbol for England. Consider visiting Dover Castle, said to be the largest castle in England and home to a Roman lighthouse.

    Whatever’s next for you, we wish you a safe onward journey and look forward to seeing you on your next adventure!

    Day 11
    Dover, U.K.

    Simply ‘un-fjord-gettable’



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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in the cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • Fine-dining in À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organizes and guides activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard activities

  • Experts from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • The Citizen Science program allows guests to contribute to current scientific research
  • The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • The ship has hot tubs, a sauna, an outdoor and indoor gym, and an outdoor running track.
  • Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations

Landing activities

  • Trekking poles, head lamps, and walking poles are available, if necessary
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help you configure your camera settings

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Baggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team


  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected
MS Maud
Interior in restaurant Lindstrøm
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Your Ship

MS Maud

Year built 2003
Shipyard Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)
Passenger capacity 528 (500 in Antarctica)
Beds 500
Gross tonnage 16,151 T
Length 445 ft
Beam 70.5 ft
Speed 15 knots

Formerly the MS Midnatsol, the MS Maud is well-suited for expedition cruising.

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Science center - MS Maud
Photo: Oscar Farrera

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