North Cape and Northern Lights Expedition Cruise from Dover

Departure date
17 days

Come with us on a Northern Lights expedition along the coast of Norway to the top of the world at North Cape, directly from Dover.

Above the Arctic Circle 

You’ll spend five days above the Arctic Circle during winter, chasing Norway's Northern Lights. Learn about polar exploration history in Arctic capital Tromsø, admire the Northern Lights Cathedral in Alta, and remember WWII British heroes in Narvik. 

You’ll find the fishing villages of Svolvær and Reine in the Lofoten Islands picture-perfect, surrounded by mountains dusted in snow. We’ll then sail to the top of the European continent at North Cape, the turning point of your cruise. 

Community charm and culture 

Your expedition will take you to a range of communities living and thriving on the Norwegian coast. Visit the exciting cities of Bergen, Tromsø, and Ålesund and get to know the local culture. You’ll fall in love with the many charms of the Lofoten Islands in Svolvær and the picturesque fishing village Reine.  

Hunting the Northern Lights 

Sailing north and crossing the Arctic Circle creates the best possible conditions to experience the magical Northern Lights, the phenomenon that has fascinated visitors, artists, scientists, and locals for centuries. Take part in optional winter wonderland-activities like dogsledding, hikes, kayaking and snow-shoeing during the day, and enjoy the many amenities of MS Maud during the evenings.

What's included

Take a look at what you can look forward to on this 16-day expedition cruise.

Expedition Cruise

  • Exclusive visit to the Planetarium at the Science Centre in Tromso led by our Astronomy Expert - Tom Kerss
  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea & coffee and Wi-Fi within selected cabins. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities onboard and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth 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 assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna and indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
  • Trekking poles, headlamps and walking poles are available if necessary
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings

What's not included

  • International flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Luggage handling

  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners

  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

Route overview

We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

Departing Dover

Day 1

Norway bound

Day 2

Picturesque town of wooden houses 

Day 3

City of Seven Mountains

Day 4

Norway's Longest Fjord

Day 5

Approaching the Arctic Circle

Day 6

Idyllic island life

Day 7

On the lookout for the Northern Lights

Day 8

At the edge of Europe

Day 9

The Gateway to the Arctic

Day 10

Historic Narvik

Day 11

Expedition days

Day 12-13

Charming Ålesund

Day 14

Relax and unwind

Day 15-16 (AV & NL)

Return to England

Day 17

Ships on this expedition

Take a closer look at our ships typically used on this expedition