The Polar Museum
Learn the history of Arctic exploration and see equipment from polar expeditions and hunters.
Explore coastal Norway on this expedition cruise from Dover to Tromsø, with the best chances of seeing the Northern Lights. Discover UNESCO-listed Bryggen in Bergen and Norway's most stunning fjords. Our smaller expedition ships can enter narrow fjords to lesser-visited beauty spots, providing a more intimate experience of the Norwegian coast.
Above the Arctic Circle, you'll experience Lofoten's idyllic villages and Arctic towns in the twilight hues of the 'blue hour'. Join included and optional activities, enjoy delicious locally-sourced food, learn in lectures with the Expedition Team, and meet local fishing and indigenous communities.
We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay
You'll board your small expedition ship, MS Maud, in Dover. If you have time, take a walk alongside or atop Dover's iconic white cliffs. The shingle beach at St Margaret’s Bay promises wonderful views of the coastline.
Once on board, it's time to settle in, then attend a mandatory safety drill. After the first of many delicious dinners, you'll be welcomed by the Captain. You'll also meet your Expedition Team – the knowledgeable lecturers, warm hosts and guides on your expedition.
Then relax in the Explorer Lounge and Bar and take in the views from the panoramic windows. Your Arctic adventure has begun.
Enjoy a day on board the MS Maud as we head north to the rugged Norwegian coastline – a great chance to unwind, but with plenty to keep you busy. Take in the views from deck, get some tips from our onboard photographer, or head to the sauna and hot tubs.
Join our Expedition Team for fascinating lectures in the Science Center and learn more about Norway, the fjords and the Northern Lights.
Bergen should be our first stop tomorrow, weather permitting. If the conditions prove difficult, we'll chart a course further north.
You’ll love the cosy vibe of Egersund, with its brightly coloured, wooden houses – so different to traditional white-painted Norwegian homes.
People have lived here since the Stone Age and you can even find ancient runes carved into rocks nearby. It’s also one of the best natural harbours in Norway and, in terms of fish caught, was once the largest.
The best way to explore is on foot. You can take an optional hike in the hills or enjoy exploring the town centre on your own. For panoramic views, hike to the viewpoint at Varberg, a short walk from the centre. After lunch, we set sail for Heligoland, our first stop in Germany.
Weather permitting, we'll arrive in Bergen in the afternoon. Surrounded by seven mountains and the sea, the old capital is one of Norway’s most picturesque and historic cities.
Stroll through the UNESCO-listed Bryggen district and discover its colourful wooden wharfs dating back to the 14th century. Across from Bryggen, you'll find the city's famous fish market. From there, explore the cobbled streets on foot, stopping at artisanal boutiques and cafés.
You'll enjoy an included excursion to Mount Fløyen. Take the funicular railway up to the summit for amazing views over the city. If there’s time, we might even venture into the alpine forest for a short hike.
Stretching 127 miles inland from the coast, we plan to cruise deep into Sognefjorden's interior, to visit the idyllic village of Fjærland.
Only about 300 people live here, and when you go ashore, you’ll discover just how charming and quaint this little village is. A designated Norwegian Book Town, second-hand book shops and stands can be found around every corner.
This is also where Sognefjorden meets one of Norway’s best-known glaciers, Jostedalsbreen. Enjoy an included visit to the Norwegian Glacier Museum and learn more about how these rivers of ice are formed.
Part of the UNESCO designated Fjords Norway, Hjørundfjorden is famous for its 'exceptional natural beauty'. Surrounded by the towering Sunnmøre Alps, it's still undiscovered by most other cruise lines.
On a clear day, you’ll drink in the bluest skies and dramatic forests covering the mountains, as the calm waters reflect this stunning scene in all its glory.
We'll anchor close to Urke or Sæbø, where our small expedition boats will take you ashore. From there, you can join a guided walk visiting the small communities along Hjørundfjorden or opt for more exhilarating excursions like mountain hiking or kayaking on the fjord.
Today you'll visit Norway's coastal heart – an area few experience – Trøndelag, dotted with islands, fjords and skerries that lie open to the elements.
The weather will determine the day's destination and activities. Here's where our Expedition Team excels. Guided by their expert knowledge, you might learn about the wildlife of Frøya or how local communities survive here.
If nature allows, you'll go ashore in small expedition boats and explore the islands. If not, we might head into one of the deep fjords instead. If conditions are right, you’ll be able to enjoy optional activities like hikes and kayaking trips.
You'll enjoy a special ceremony to celebrate crossing the Arctic Circle. A majestic wall of mountains signal your arrival in stunning Lofoten.
We sail along Vestfjord to the fishing town of Svolvær. Browse the shops and galleries along the promenade, with iconic red fishing huts, known as rorbuer, and air-drying cod hanging on wooden racks or hjell.
Then it's time for an included visit to the Magic Ice bar, filled with ice sculptures, for a signature spirit to warm you up. Your Expedition Team will be on hand to suggest safe and spectacular hiking trails or snowshoeing areas to offer as optional excursions.
You'll spend more than a day in Narvik, giving you time to really explore. Surrounded by three fjords and 150 miles above the Arctic Circle, Narvik offers good chances of seeing the Northern Lights.
You'll visit the Narvik War Museum on an included activity and learn why Narvik was a strategic target in World War II and how the town was liberated.
Ride the cable car to the top of Mount Narvik or join optional excursions like hiking, snowshoeing, ice fishing or kayaking. Alternatively, visit Polaparken or a local village and learn about indigenous Sámi culture. Gourmands should try the local seafood and reindeer meat.
We arrive in Vesterålen early, so you have all day to explore an area few others ever have.
Depending on the weather, we'll dock in Sortland with its distinctive blue houses, the historic fishing village of Risøyhamn or Harstad, with the world’s northernmost medieval church and artificial channel, constructed specifically for Hurtigruten back in 1922.
Vesterålen is a hiker's paradise, with trails for all levels of experience leading to stunning views. We also plan to put our kayaks in the water while we're in port, increasing your chances of spotting whales, commonly seen here during winter.
We arrive in Tromsø in the morning, where your expedition cruise ends. This small, cosmopolitan city has plenty of fascinating sights to discover so it's well worth extending your stay and exploring further.
Look out for the city's most recognisable landmark, the Arctic Cathedral, with its huge stained glass mosaic. For epic views, take the Fjellheisen cable car to the top of Mount Fløyfjellet, or learn about Norway’s polar heritage at the University Museum.
There's lots to see and do in Trømsø: enjoy winter activities like dogsledding, whale safaris or snowmobiling. The perfect way to cap off your Arctic expedition.
Learn more about what you can experience when going with us
Take a closer look at our ships typically used on this expedition
MS Maud, previously MS Midnatsol, is named after one of the most famous polar vessels of all time, Roald Amundsen's 'Maud' from 1917. The original 'Maud' got her name from the first Queen of modern-day Norway. She also had her namesake in Hurtigruten Expedition’s 1925 flagship, DS Dronning Maud ('DS Queen Maud').
It's a mixture of adventure activities for individuals of all ages
Onboard Science Programme
Our Science Programme has one goal: to increase your curiosity, knowledge and interest of the areas you are sailing to.
Our Science Programme has one goal: to increase your curiosity, knowledge and interest of the areas you are sailing to.
Our expedition ships serve as the perfect platform for scientific research; with access to remote regions of the world and onboard experts, we can provide invaluable data to the scientific community - with help from our guests!
We invite our guests to participate in science activities, developing a greater understanding of the region in which they travel, becoming true ambassadors, and returning home to champion the protection of our planet's most fragile ecosystems.
Delivery of our own lecture programme.
Interacting with guests in our Science Centers to reinforce the lecture programme with practical hands-on guest experiences.
Citizen science programme involving guests in programmes for third-party organisations.
Carrying scientific equipment for sample collection on behalf of research institutes.
Hosting scientific personnel on board to conduct collaborative science programmes.
Seabird Distribution with the Antarctic Site Inventory — Surveys throughout the Antarctic Peninsula help scientists understand how seabirds are using different habitats and provide valuable information about their life cycles.
Cloud Observations with the Globe Program — By observing and recording cloud cover timed to NASA satellite fly-overs, guests can help scientists understand how surface and air temperature are affected by cloud cover, and how clouds will respond to a changing climate.
Happywhale — We assist in tracking individual whales throughout our world’s oceans by harnessing the power of whale watching enthusiasts - our guests - expanding our scientific knowledge of their behaviour and distribution.
Sea Leopard Project — A non-profit study aimed at a better understanding of the behaviour, ecology, and population dynamics of leopard seals on the Antarctic Peninsula to promote their conservation and safe human-seal interactions.
Fjord Phyto — Study phytoplankton to better understand how they respond to water temperature changes in the polar regions, providing a key to help mitigate future environmental impacts.
Join the Expedition Team here for a range of lectures, photography workshops, and Citizen Science Projects. The area also features scientific and educational equipment, such as microscopes and interactive maps.
In-depth talks on history, climate change, sustainability, wildlife, Earth science, culture, and other topics specific to the destination you are visiting are held here. Learning more about each subject is certain to enhance your expedition experience.
Our Science Programme has one goal: To increase your curiosity, knowledge and interest of the areas you are sailing to.
What the Science Programme is about
Learning from the experts on board
Facilities, equipment and activities
Citizen Science research projects- and how you can contribute
Speaker: Verena Meraldi
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