British Isles: Discover hidden gems on your doorstep

Journey around the British Isles and discover rugged nature, fascinating history, iconic wildlife and many hidden gems.
Jurassic Coast, Dorset, UK
Neighbouring nations and classic countryside

From the chalk hills of Dover to Scotland’s windswept Shetland Islands, there’s a wealth of nature, culture and history to be discovered right on your doorstep. Our expeditions allow you to explore the coastline and isles, dropping anchor at little-visited natural harbours and beaches, or pulling up alongside historic Welsh ports and Irish cities. From guided walks along coastal footpaths and sandy beaches to seals playing near the shore and an abundance of wildlife. Sample whisky at the famous Jameson distillery or learn the history of the countries iconic castles and landmarks, discover these and more hidden gems of the British Isles.

What gems will you discover?

Wildlife gems

Grey seal resting, Isles of Scilly - Photo Credit: Hali Choe Russ

Grey seal resting, Isles of Scilly - Photo Credit: Hali Choe Russ

Historic gems

Landscape gems

Meet the Fleet: MS Maud

The original “Maud” got her name from the first Queen of modern-day Norway. She also had her namesake in Hurtigruten’s 1925 flagship DS Dronning Maud (“DS Queen Maud”).

MS Maud is well-suited for expedition cruising, with her bright interiors appointed in a classic Art Deco style. Like all Hurtigruten Expeditions ships, MS Maud is an environmentally progressive vessel, but there are plans to keep making improvements in an effort to reduce emissions and fuel consumption.

People crossing a river on a bridge, Galapagos, Ecuador.
Photo: Davor Lovincic - Getty Images / Hurtigruten

People crossing a river on a bridge, Galapagos, Ecuador. Photo: Davor Lovincic - Getty Images / Hurtigruten

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