Spring expedition cruise to Svalbard from Dover

Spring expedition cruise to Svalbard from Dover

Spring expedition cruise to Svalbard from Dover

Spring expedition cruise to Svalbard from Dover

Travel information 22 days MS Maud
Departure
May 1, 2023
Price from $ 11,180
$ 9,503
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Witness spectacular fjords, pristine glaciers, and thrilling wildlife on an expedition cruise from Dover to Norway and the Svalbard archipelago.

Norway’s beautiful coast

We’ll sail from Dover to the Norwegian coast and dramatic and enchanting fjords such as the Trollfjord, Hjørundfjord, Sognefjord, and Lysefjord. You’ll visit remote fishing villages in the Lofoten Islands, and the historic cities of Bergen and Tromsø, to learn more about Norway, its history, people, and culture. Marvel at the breathtaking mountains and glaciers which serve as the perfect backdrop along the way.

Wild and remote Svalbard archipelago

Hurtigruten has an unmatched experience in Svalbard, dating back as far as 1896. See a range of Arctic birdlife on Bear Island and look out for elusive polar bears at Hornsund. Isfjord boasts dramatic landscapes, while Bellsund offers a balance of history and beauty.

On this exciting expedition cruise, sea ice and weather conditions may make certain landings a challenge. That’s an authentic part of being on an adventure. Rest assured that we’ll always take you to the best places available for the best possible experience.

Spring expedition cruise to Svalbard from Dover Spring expedition cruise to Svalbard from Dover
  • Day 1
    Dover

    The journey begins

    May 1, 2023

    Set sail from the White Cliffs of Dover to the historic port of Harwich

    All aboard at Dover! MS Maud is ready to bring you north toward Norway and ultimately Svalbard, the realm of the polar bear. Once on board the ship, you’ll meet your expert Expedition Team, your hosts and guides throughout the cruise.

    When the ship sets sail, we pass the white cliffs of Dover and head up the North Sea, calling at Harwich, one of the most important ports on the Essex coast and the departure point for many historic explorers. In keeping with Harwich tradition, and to celebrate the start of our journey, we will present you a local sea shanty performance before crossing the North Sea.

    Day 1
    Dover

    The journey begins

  • Day 2
    At sea

    Norway bound

    May 2, 2023

    Enjoy the ship’s superb facilities and learn about the places you‘ll visit.

    The next day at sea will give you time to enjoy onboard facilities, such as the hot tubs, sauna, and indoor gym. The Expedition Team, experts in their respective fields, will begin their series of insightful lectures at the Science Center. As you will soon see, they are walking, talking treasure troves of stories and information.

    They’ll share their extensive knowledge about the places, history, nature, people, and natural phenomena we’ll likely encounter during this winter voyage along the Norwegian coast. Today’s topics might include Norway’s climate, the weather along the North Sea, or the history of travel along the Norwegian coast.

    Day 2
    At sea

    Norway bound

  • Day 3
    Egersund, Norway 

    Picturesque town with wooden houses 

    May 3, 2023

    We will call in delightful Egersund, featuring brightly colored houses.

    Egersund is famous for its brightly colored wooden houses, a welcome and cheerful sight as you approach the harbor. People have lived around the area of Egersund since the Stone Age, and ancient runes have been found carved into rocks nearby. It’s also one of the best natural harbors in Norway. It used to be the most important in the country, in terms of the quantity of fish caught each year.

    Enjoy exploring the delightful town center, which has preserved some of the best examples of wooden houses, with a few even dating back 160 years. The varied landscape surrounding the town is great for walking.

    Day 3
    Egersund, Norway 

    Picturesque town with wooden houses 

  • Day 4
    Bergen

    The City of Seven Mountains

    May 4, 2023

    Experience stunning mountain views and explore the charming city of Bergen.

    Bergen, one of Norway’s most beautiful cities, was Norway’s capital for many years. Your included activity is an excursion to Mount Fløyen. From the ship, we’ll hop on buses and drive to the Fløibanen funicular train. The summit is over 1,000 feet high, and you can bask in stunning views of city and its surroundings: seven mountains and the sea.

    Back in Bergen, explore the cobblestone streets and alleyways of this thriving, compact city. Don’t miss the historic Bryggen district, with colorful wooden houses along the wharf. This area dates back to the 14th century and now houses boutique stores selling Norwegian arts and handicrafts.

    • Included Bergen - The Fløibanen Funicular
    Day 4
    Bergen

    The City of Seven Mountains

  • Day 5
    Outside – Urke/Sæbø

    Exceptional natural beauty

    May 5, 2023

    Walk amid breathtaking scenery, then spend the evening in beautiful Ålesund.

    Surrounded by the Sunnmøre Alps, Hjørundfjord is one of the most scenic fjords in all of Norway and still undiscovered by most other cruise lines. After we anchor close to a settlement in the fjord, a local boat will take you ashore. There’s an optional guided walk through villages along Hjørundfjord, or you can opt for more exhilarating excursions such as a mountain hike or kayaking.

    In the evening, we’ll call at Ålesund, a small town with cobblestone streets, spires, and ornate architecture. Look closely and spot the variety of stone statues carved into the buildings. As Norway’s fishing capital, Ålesund is also the site of the Atlantic Sea Park.

    • Included Climb Mt. Aksla
    • Included Hjørundfjord – Fjord Village Visit and Concert
    Day 5
    Outside – Urke/Sæbø

    Exceptional natural beauty

  • Day 6
    Frøya, Hitra, Smøla region

    Expedition day

    May 6, 2023

    Embark on a day of adventure among Norway’s little-known islands.

    Our plan today is to explore the islands off the coast of central Norway. As can be expected in an authentic adventure, the weather will determine our exact route and activities. If the weather is pleasant, we can stay out among the islands. If not, we can head into one of the sheltered bays.

    Once the elements have dictated our destination for the day, we’ll drop anchor and use our small boats (RIBs) to land ashore. If conditions are right, you’ll be able to go hiking or kayaking as an optional excursion—or possibly even both. Frøya, one of the islands we may explore, is rich in wildlife.

    Day 6
    Frøya, Hitra, Smøla region

    Expedition day

  • Day 7
    Svartisen, Helgeland 

    ‘Black ice’

    May 7, 2023

    View the dark ice of Norway’s second-largest glacier

    Sailing the Holandsfjord off the Helgeland Coast, we arrive at Svartisen (‘Black Ice’), Norway’s second-largest glacier. The deep color of the ice includes turquoise and dark blue, but is never quite black. Surrounded by the Saltfjell mountain range, Svartisen is actually two separate glaciers separated by the long Vesterdalen valley.

    Our aim today is to land on the local jetty and visit the Svartisen Glacier Museum. You’ll also have opportunities to take optional excursions near the glacier and its surroundings. From Svartisen, you’ll also see the Engen Glacier, Engenbreen, which can be reached on an extended optional excursion hike.

    Day 7
    Svartisen, Helgeland 

    ‘Black ice’

  • Day 8
    Reine

    Iconic Lofoten landscapes

    May 8, 2023

    Visit idyllic Reine and the historic fishing village of Å.

    After gliding along a coast filled with distinctive peaks, sheltered bays, untouched beaches, and picturesque fishing villages, we’ll aim to land in idyllic Reine in the morning. As part of an included activity, you’ll board a bus to the historic fishing village of Å, which features well-preserved houses, a smithy, an old cod liver oil press, and a bakery. The local museum explains how cod fishing was been key to Norway’s establishment as a country.

    From Reine, we sail to Trollfjord, a narrow waterway where vertical mountain walls loom above. Weather conditions permitting, you might experience the ship sailing so close to the cliff walls that you’ll feel like you can reach out and touch them.

    • Included Reine - The Fishing Village of Å
    Day 8
    Reine

    Iconic Lofoten landscapes

  • Day 9
    Tromsø

    Gateway to the Arctic

    May 9, 2023

    Encounter fascinating history and culture at the gateway to the Arctic.

    We arrive in Tromsø in the early morning. Spend the entire day and evening exploring its captivating history, culture, and bold architecture. Historically, Tromsø was a frontier town visited mostly by hunters and explorers, and acted as a launch point for several Arctic expeditions. Today, you can browse the shops, sample the region’s fresh produce, or visit the world’s northernmost brewery.

    Your included activity in Tromsø is a visit to the Polar Museum, and optional excursions include nature hikes and scenic bus rides.

    • Included The Polar Museum
    Day 9
    Tromsø

    Gateway to the Arctic

  • Day 10
    Skarsvåg

    Journey to the top of the world

    May 10, 2023

    Experience the spectacular North Cape and the best seafood in Europe

    Starting the day by arriving at the small town of Skarsvåg, you’ll now visit one of the northernmost points in Europe as part of an included excursion. The scenic bus ride brings you past small bays and tiny villages, then crosses a mountain plateau before arriving at the spectacular North Cape.

    Take a selfie at the Globe Monument before visiting the North Cape Hall for exhibits and a short film chronicling the cape’s history. Your included visit to the North Cape can also be combined with experiences on the island of Magerøya, where local restaurants have the best seafood dishes, and king crab is available all year round.

    • Included The North Cape
    Day 10
    Skarsvåg

    Journey to the top of the world

  • Day 11
    Outside Bjørnøya

    'Bear Island’ without the bears

    May 11, 2023

    Island nature reserve with a spectacular coastal scenery

    Roughly midway between the mainland and the island of Spitsbergen, we arrive at Bjørnøya (meaning ‘Bear Island’). The island is actually more renowned for birdlife than for sightings of polar bears! Except for a small meteorological station, the entire island is a nature reserve. It’s mainly flat and dominated by shallow lakes, but the landscape starts to get more mountainous in the south.

    The coast is spectacular, including striking rock columns and caves. Tall cliffs dominate the southern tip of the island, making for fantastic views. Conditions permitting, we may go ashore for hikes and do small-boat (RIB) cruising. You may even be able to go kayaking in an optional activity.

    • Included The North Cape
    Day 11
    Outside Bjørnøya

    'Bear Island’ without the bears

  • Day 12
    Burgerbukta

    South Spitsbergen National Park

    May 12, 2023

    Watch for bears and other animals at this polar national park.

    Today we explore the wonderfully varied landscape of Hornsund, part of the South Spitsbergen National Park and one of the most spectacular natural corners of the world. On a clear day, you may see Hornsundtind towering 4,700 feet above sea level. The chance to see polar bears makes a visit to Hornsund extra special. Keep an eye out for other animals like walrus, seals, reindeer, and Arctic fox.

    Our custom-made expedition vessels allow us to attempt landings where other ships can’t. This gives us a better chance of seeing the 15-mile-long Hornsund up close. Depending on weather and sea ice, there are also optional excursions to enjoy, such as hiking, kayaking, and small-boat (RIB) cruising.

    Day 12
    Burgerbukta

    South Spitsbergen National Park

  • Day 13
    Isfjord area

    Second-longest fjord in Svalbard

    May 13, 2023

    Prepare for a day of exploration in this glacier-carved region.

    Enter explorer mode as we sail into the second-longest fjord in Svalbard. This lush system is rich in wildlife and vegetation, surrounded by immense valleys carved out by glaciers some 10,000 years ago. Remains of Svalbard’s whaling and hunting heritage can be found along the beaches and bays.

    South of the fjords lies the famous Isfjord Radio station. This former radio and weather station now serves as one of the most beautifully situated hotels in the world. The landscape of the inner parts of the Isfjord is constantly changing, so we will decide where to go and what to do when we arrive based on weather and ice conditions.

    Day 13
    Isfjord area

    Second-longest fjord in Svalbard

  • Day 14
    Bellsund, Svalbard

    Beauty and history in one

    May 14, 2023

    Look out for reindeer and historic ruins at beautiful Bellsund.

    The 12-mile-long sound of Bellsund derives its name from the bell-shaped mountain Klokkefjellet at its mouth. You might catch sight of migrating Svalbard reindeer as they graze the lush vegetation that is richly fertilized by droppings from the seabirds above—just the circle of life at work!

    Cultural remains from other periods can be seen throughout Bellsund. You can still catch sight of ruins from the 1900s mining settlements, which you can see when we spend the day exploring the area on landings, hikes, and optional kayaking activities, weather permitting.

    Day 14
    Bellsund, Svalbard

    Beauty and history in one

  • Day 15
    At sea

    Southward once more

    May 15, 2023

    Wind down after your exciting Svalbard experience.

    After our Svalbard adventure, we start our journey southward, crossing the Barents Sea. It’s named after the Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz, who discovered Spitsbergen and Bear Island. Unwind in the Explorer Lounge & Bar, soak in the hot tub, or simply contemplate the endless horizon.

    The Expedition Team will continue its onboard lecture series, possibly talking about the battle of the Barents Sea during World War II. Spend time in the Science Center and learn some useful hints on expedition photography from our onboard expert.

    Day 15
    At sea

    Southward once more

  • Day 16
    Senja, Norway 

    Norway in miniature

    May 16, 2023

    Spend a day exploring the diverse landscapes of ‘Miniature Norway’

    Today we dock at Senja, one of the most ruggedly beautiful and rarely visited islands in Norway. Optional excursions may include guided hikes or kayaking. Sometimes referred to as ‘Norway in miniature’, the island’s diverse landscapes seem to change in the blink of an eye.

    Senja’s northern coastline features lofty mountains that plummet straight into the sea, with isolated coves and sandy beaches along crystal-clear turquoise waters. Southern Senja boasts a rocky coastline and pine forests, and is home to Ånderdalen National Park. Senja’s eastern side has gentler, more forgiving landscapes, with rolling hills and birch forests.

    Day 16
    Senja, Norway 

    Norway in miniature

  • Day 17
    Træna

    Far out at sea

    May 17, 2023

    Enjoy an excursion to a 400-island archipelago in the Arctic Circle.

    As we sail along the Helgeland coast with nothing but sky and sea ahead, mountains rise from the horizon. This is Træna, an archipelago made up of over 400 islands and islets, right on the Arctic Circle. We’ll go for a scenic walk around the village of Husøya, where most of Træna’s fewer than 500 inhabitants live.

    Optional excursions might include hiking, island-hopping, enjoying a sauna, observing sea eagles, tasting local fish, or taking a dip in the Norwegian Sea.

    There’s also Kirkhellern ‘Cathedral’ Cave on the island of Sanna. The acoustics make it ideal for outdoor concerts, but the main draw is evidence of human life in the cave as far back as 9,000 years ago.

    Day 17
    Træna

    Far out at sea

  • Day 18
    At sea

    Rest and relaxation

    May 18, 2023

    Dabble in science or simply relax and watch the world float by.

    An important part of any expedition cruise is knowing how to enjoy the moment. Remember to take time to reconnect with nature and the world around you. Settle into a sofa in the panoramic Explorer Lounge, soak in a hot tub on deck, or sit back and take in the serene scenery.

    There’s more to learn during lectures from the Expedition Team, and you can dabble in science in the onboard Science Center. We also support a number of Citizen Science projects, which we encourage you to join.

    Day 18
    At sea

    Rest and relaxation

  • Day 19
    Outside Fjærland

    The longest fjord in Norway

    May 19, 2023

    Learn all about glaciers and how they shaped the Norwegian landscape.

    In the morning we plan to cruise deep into Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway, to the tiny hamlet of Fjærland. Only 300 people live in this idyllic village, which includes charming old buildings and picturesque second-hand book shops. This is also the place where Sognefjord meets Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier on the European continent.

    A visit to the Norwegian Glacier Museum is the included activity of the day. Learn why glacier ice is blue and how the fjords were formed. You can even perform a few experiments with 1,000-year-old glacier ice and watch a panoramic film about Europe’s largest glacier.

    Day 19
    Outside Fjærland

    The longest fjord in Norway

  • Day 20-21
    At sea

    Relax and unwind

    May 20, 2023 - May 21, 2023

    Take the time to relax with friends and look back on your adventures.

    On the return journey, spend time chatting with new friends and hark back on the best moments of your expedition together. Enjoy drinks at the Explorer Lounge & Bar over friendly banter and share stories of past adventures. You might even spot a few members of the crew and Expedition Team here too.

    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 Svalbard Archipelago and the Norwegian coast.

    • Included Fjærland - Understanding Norway’s Glaciers (Included)
    Day 20-21
    At sea

    Relax and unwind

  • Day 22
    Dover

    Return to England

    May 22, 2023

    Say farewell to your ship, its Captain and crew, and the Expedition Team

    We arrive at Dover during the early morning hours and dock at the town’s harbor. After breakfast, you’ll say goodbye to your home for the past 21 days. Before leaving the area, consider visiting Dover Castle, said to be the largest castle in England. There is also a rare Roman lighthouse here, one of only three in the world and reputedly the U.K.’s oldest building.

    You can also take a tour of the underground hospital and secret World War II tunnels that run beneath the castle complex. Whatever’s next for you, we wish you a safe onward journey and look forward to seeing you on your next adventure!

    Day 22
    Dover

    Return to England

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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 with a view, and an indoor gym
  • Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations

Landing activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
  • 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

Notes

  • 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
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