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15 days - Expedition voyage along Norwegian coast from Dover to Dover
This fantastic summer expedition to hidden pearls and famous highlights discovers the very best of Norway’s coastline. Experience Lofoten, Vesterålen and North Cape, partake in exciting activities, visit colourful towns and experience remote villages under the extraordinary light of the Arctic summer.
Itineraries for Spring and Winter vary slightly from the Summer program detailed here. Contact us for Spring and Summer detailed itineraries.
- Explore the ideal summer coastal route with the Norway experts
- Enjoy an epic concert in a cathedral-like cave, far out in the Atlantic Ocean
- Discover the amazing landscape of Vesterålen, Lofoten and North Cape
- Step back in time in the charming fishing villages of Lofoten, Lyngen and Træna
- Day 1
- Bergen - Gateway to the Fjords
- Day 2
- Ålesund - Half day
- Day 3
- Brønnøysund - Half day
- Day 4
- Stokmarknes and Risøyhamn - Full day
- Day 5
- Tromsø - Full day
- Day 6
- Honningsvåg - Full day
- Day 7
- Havnnes - Full day
- Day 8
- Svolvær and Reine - Full day
- Day 9
- Træna - Full day
- Day 10
- Trondheim - Half day
- Day 11
- Urke - Full day
- Day 12
- Start/End Place
- Bergen, Norway tours
- Country Visited
- Norway tours
- 12 Days
Sail with newly refurbished ship MS Maud.
- 14‐night expedition voyage in cabin of your choice.
- All meals including beverages(beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship restaurants).
- A rich programme of included activities.
- Professional English‐ and German‐speaking Expedition Team.
- Complimentary wind‐and‐water resistant jacket.
- In‐depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture.
- Free Wi‐Fi on board for all guests.
- Meals not specified in the itinerary
- Gratuities and items of personal nature
- Travel insurance
Day 1 - Bergen - Gateway to the Fjords
Your summer expedition cruise starts in Bergen – one of Norway’s most beautiful cities and perfect for exploring on foot.
Disembark, sit down to a delicious dinner and watch the scenery glide by. You’re sailing to the high north on a route once plied by the Vikings. Maybe spend the rest of the evening getting to know members of the Expedition Team and other passengers or relax on deck in the late spring and summer sunshine.
Day 2 - Ålesund - Half day
This morning, we navigate the open sea around Norway’s most western point, Vestkapp, and arrive at Ålesund after breakfast.
Ålesund is renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. Today’s included activity is hiking with the Expedition Team up the 418 steps to the summit of Mt. Aksla (189 m above sea level), where you will get outstanding views of the surrounding archipelago, beautiful town centre and the amazing Sunnmøre Alps.
You can also choose optional activities in Ålesund, including city walks, longer hikes, bike and kayaking tours, and a visit to the nearby Norwegian Aquarium, which is built directly into the rocky coastline and features native fish species, octopus, seals and penguins.
Departing Ålesund, we sail past small islands and fjords. We later pass the remote island of Grip, where storms occasionally sweep buildings into the sea. Miraculously, Grip’s tiny 15th century church has always been left standing. Later, we pass the city of Kristiansund and the islands of Smøla and Hitra.
Day 3 - Brønnøysund - Half day
Today we arrive at Brønnøysund, an attractive town of 5,000 inhabitants that’s the halfway point along Norway’s long coastline. Nearby is the famous mountain with a hole in the middle – Torghatten. Join local guides and our Expedition Team on an epic hike up the mountain and into the hole. It’s an inspiring experience that you won’t forget!
Brønnøysund is also the gateway to Vega Island – a UNESCO World Heritage site because of the way the community demonstrates its centuries-old sustainable way of life.
Next, we proceed along the coast of Helgeland – passing the Seven Sisters mountain range. That evening, we sail by the small island of Vikingen, through which the Arctic Circle passes. We have now entered the Land of Midnight Sun, where the sun shines 24 hours a day in summer.
Day 4 - Stokmarknes and Risøyhamn - Full day
Vesterålen in summer is an archipelago of lush green islands, surrounded by blue sea frequented by whales, seals and seabirds. The first port of call today is Stokmarknes – where Hurtigruten was founded in 1893. As an included activity, you can explore the Hurtigruten Museum, which tells Hurtigruten’s remarkable story.
You can also join optional excursions like hiking, kayaking, and going on scenic bus rides to small fishing communities and along Norway’s National Tourist Route on Andøya. Vesterålen is known for its many whales, and you get the chance here to join our optional whale safari excursion. A close encounter with whales is the experience of a lifetime. After Stokmarknes, we continue cruising through the beautiful scenery of Vesterålen and arrive at the port of Risøyhamn.
Day 5 - Tromsø - Full day
Tromsø is an exceptionally lively city during summer. If you’re looking for adventure, this is the place. Tromsø’s numerous summer activities include hiking and biking tours, kayaking on the fjord, and a ride on the Fjellheisen Cable Car to the top of a mountain for amazing vistas. Tromsø is also recognized for its bold architecture. The Arctic Cathedral is one of the highlights, featuring an enormous stained-glass mosaic.
Today´s included activity is a visit to the Polaria Arctic experience centre. Look, feel, experience and understand why life in the sea and on land are inextricably linked. You can join other optional excursions like hikes with our Expedition Team, as well as fjord boat trips and scenic bus rides.
Day 6 - Honningsvåg - Full day
Welcome to the small fishing village of Honningsvåg - gateway to spectacular North Cape. We start the day with a scenic bus ride from Honningsvåg, passing small bays with tiny hamlets and crossing a mountain plateau before arriving at North Cape - just 2,100 km away from the North Pole. Stand at the edge of the 307 m high cliff with the iconic globe statue and gaze across the Barents Sea. Only the Svalbard archipelago separates you from the top of the world. Looking out at vistas reaching beyond the horizon, you realize you’re truly at the end of the world. North Cape is an ideal place for taking amazing photos. Inside the North Cape Hall, you can enjoy a short film and exhibits about your surroundings.
You can also join optional excursion like exciting hikes with the Expedition Team, king crab safaris and town walks with local guides or take an optional excursion to Gjesværstappan, one of the biggest and busiest bird cliffs in Norway inhabited by almost 1 million puffins.
Day 7 - Havnnes - Full day
We start this morning by sailing into a fjord along the base of the magnificent Lyngen Alps – a spectacular sight. Havnnes will send you back 100 years in time to the days of steam and sail. Interact with the locals and enjoy the vintage general store.
Join optional excursions including nature hikes, kayaking or riverboating in Reisa National Park, a landscape of canyons, valleys, excursion to the world's northernmost whiskey distillery, a salmon river and mountain plateau.
Day 8 - Svolvær and Reine - Full day
We start the day by sailing into the magnificent Trollfjord. This natural wonder is surrounded by mountains reaching more than 1,000 metres skyward from the sea in a narrow passage that cuts deeply and dramatically into heart of the island.
Lofoten´s distinctive scenery of dramatic peaks, sheltered bays and untouched beaches is world-famous. We dock at Svolvær to enjoy a choice of optional Lofoten excursions, including a road trip past steep mountains, beautiful sandy beaches and sheltered bays. Svolvær itself has lots of interesting shops, galleries, cafés, pubs and restaurants. Departing late morning, we sail along the massive Lofoten mountain wall to Reine. Red and white fishermen’s huts dotting the shoreline and surrounding granite peaks jutting out of the fjord make Reine one of the most photographed landscapes in Norway.
Day 9 - Træna - Full day
In the morning hours, we sail along the coast of Helgeland with nothing but sky and sea ahead. In the distance, you can see mountains rising up from the horizon. This is Træna, site of one of the first human settlements in the far north, located right on the Arctic Circle. Træna is also Norway’s oldest fishing community.
Join summer activities like island hopping, taking a sauna in an old boat house, visiting a local coffee roaster, observing sea eagles, tasting local fish produce, bathing in the Norwegian Sea, or hiking through a 700 m long tunnel which leads you to the top of a mountain.
Day 10 - Trondheim - Half day
In the morning, we pass the octagonal Kjeungskjær lighthouse on our way to docking at Trondheim.
Founded by the Viking king Olav Tryggvason in 997, Trondheim was the capital of Norway for 200 years. Today, the city has reputedly the most restaurants and cafés per person in Norway. There is plenty to see and do in this historic city. Today’s included activity is a visit to beautiful Nidaros Cathedral, the country’s only Gothic-style cathedral, built over the burial site of St. Olav (Tryggvason), Norway’s patron saint. Marvel at the religious artwork, architectural details and medieval statues on the facade.
Day 11 - Urke - Full day
Hjørundfjord stands out from other popular fjords in its solitary beauty, located far off the beaten tourist track.
Considered one of the most beautiful fjords in all of Norway, Hjørundfjord is surrounded by the Sunnmøre Alps, with peaks soaring 1,700 m straight up from the sea. We anchor offshore Urke and a small boat takes you ashore. Here you can join a 7 km hike up to a shieling (local farm) through incredibly beautiful scenery.
You can also partake in optional excursions to explore other villages along Hjørundfjord, or go on more demanding hikes and kayaking tours along the fjord. One choice is to join a scenic excursion to the UNESCO Heritage site of Geirangerfjord, and famous Trollstigen road (the troll’s ladder).
Day 12 - Bergen
In the early morning, we arrive back in Bergen.
- FROM Price per person, twin share in an outside cabin. Please be aware that the cabins are subject to availability and the prices subject to change.
- Departure dates 11 May 2021, 6 June 2021 and 22 September 2021
21 Sep 2021
Day 1, 2, 14 & 15 are days at sea travelling between Dover and Bergen. These voyages can also start from Hamburg. April: 6.20 May: 4.18 June: 1.15.29 July: 13.27 August: 10.24 September: 7.21