Set sail, and pass the iconic white cliffs of Dover and head up to the North Sea. Stretch your sea legs and get to know MS Maud, your cosy home away from home.
If the weather holds, take in the salubrious sea air from out on deck or park yourself in the Explorer Lounge and Bar to watch the world go by from the panoramic windows, maybe together with a relaxing glass of wine.
Your adventure to the Arctic under the Auroral Zone is officially underway!
Meet your Expedition Team who will prepare you for exciting adventures ahead
Explore the historic Bergen harbour area, fronted by wooden houses dating back as far as the 1300’s. Your included excursion to Mount Fløyen will be a highlight. Journey on the Fløibanen Funicular railway which takes you to the top in just six minutes to enjoy amazing views over the city
Sail into Nordfjord, passing Hornelen, Europe’s highest sea cliff. Arrive in Loen at noon, and perhaps take the cable car to the top of Mount Hoven× for unforgettable vistas over the fjord. With these panoramas all around you, you can participate in several optional winter activities× on the mountain, such as snowshoeing or sledding
Start the day with some scenic cruising into Nordfjord, passing Hornelen, Europe’s highest sea cliff, early in the morning. The fjord run offs from Jostedalsbreen, Europe's largest mainland glacier, and flows west into the ocean just south of the Stadlandet peninsula.
It would make sense if lectures for today focus on the geology of Norway, covering the formation of its fjords, mountains and glaciers. You might also learn more about the Viking culture that used to inhabit the region and their thirst for exploration that still beats in the hearts of Norwegians today. You’ll spot numerous old fishing communities located along the fjord that actually date back to pre-Viking times. One such place is Loen, where we arrive around noon. In the shadow of the mighty Jostedalsbreen glacier, at the very heart of Nordfjord, Loen is the perfect place to explore the gorgeous surrounds. The cable car climbs 1,011 metre to the top of Mount Hoven in only five minutes. At the summit, you’ll be treated to an unforgettable vista over the fjord. Mount Skåla and Lake Lo can be seen to the east, and Jostedalsbreen Glacier and Olden to the south. With these panoramas all around you, you can participate in several optional winter activities on the mountain, such as snowshoeing or sledding.
Today you can spend time in the ship’s lounge, soaking in a hot tub, or out on deck. Whatever you do, don’t take your eyes off the scenery as we sail through Helgeland county and the thousands of islands of the lowland area.
The Expedition Team will continue their onboard lectures which may cover local folklore and fairytales or a history of navigation along the coast from lighthouses to satellites
This morning, cross the Arctic Circle and enjoy a special ceremony out on deck. The Lofoten Islands are one of the most spectacular locations in all of Norway. In the heart of Lofoten, the picturesque town of Svolvær where you will enjoy an included visit to the multi-coloured Magic Ice Bar
Whilst Narvik is one of the most northerly towns in the world, some 220 kilometres within the Arctic Circle, it enjoys a milder climate than expected thanks to the North Atlantic Current. Today, visit the Narvik War Museum× to see exhibits and artifacts from the war. Alternatively, enjoy galleries, shops and restaurants found locally
Welcome to the turning point in your expedition. Here, you’ll stay past midnight to stargaze and watch for the aurora in Alta’s usually clear skies. The town is directly beneath the Auroral Oval, a zone known for consistent Northern Lights activity. Visit the Northern Lights Cathedral where you’ll be treated to a classical concert
Tromsø is often described as the Paris of the North, and boasts friendly locals, wonderful shopping and great restaurants. Enjoy an included visit to the Polar Museum where you’ll enjoy exhibitions that cover the city’s heritage
Dock in the picture-perfect fishing village of Reine back in the Lofoten Islands. The combination of the setting and colour make Reine one of the most photographed landscapes in all of Norway. On an included excursion×, you’ll visit Å, one of the best preserved fishing villages in Norway where you can explore at your leisure. Alternatively, weather permitting you may even want to try some winter kayaking
Part of being on an expedition is knowing how to enjoy the moment; taking time out to reconnect with nature and the world around you. So, settle into a sofa in the panoramic Explorer Lounge or soak in a hot tub out on deck, sit back and simply take in the serene scenery that rolls quietly by. We’ll be passing through the Vega archipelago today, made up of some 6,500 islands, islets, and skerries.
Come ashore to one of the best kept secrets of the Norwegian coast. No other expedition ships visit Kalvåg so you’ll experience an authentic slice-of-life community who will likely be thrilled to have visitors. Admire an open air exhibition and walk around Kalvåg’s collection of old waterfront buildings, from restored wooden wharfs to herring salting warehouses
Arrive at Mosterøy and Klosterøy in the morning, two of the myriads of islands that lie around the city of Stavanger. The islands are connected by bridges and tunnels and all roads lead to Stavanger on the mainland. Mosterøy is a lovely island that is made up of a mixture of pastures for cattle, horticulture, and cute neighbourhoods all around. Klosterøy is less than a square mile in size but home to the historic Utstein Abbey and the 800-year old Utstein Church. An optional excursion× will take you to the Norwegian Petroleum Museum
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* Prices shown are per person, based on two adults sharing a twin cabin and include all cruise offer discounts and savings.
Cabins on decks 6 and 7 that sleeps up to two people, with limited/no view, and double bed or flexible sleeping, kettle and TV. 11 - 12 m2 Limited view Bathroom TV Double bed
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Cabins on deck 6 that sleeps up to two people, with double bed or flexible sleeping arrangements, kettle and TV. 10 - 11 m2 Window Bathroom TV Double bed
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One or two room suites on deck 7 that sleeps up to two people, with a TV, coffee making facilities, minibar and private balcony. 20 - 23 m2 Window Bathroom TV Double bed
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One or two-room suites on decks 7 and 8 that sleeps up to two people with a TV, seating area, dining table, coffee making facilities, minibar and some with bathtub. Some also come with scenic bay window or a private balcony. 32 - 37 m2 Window Bathroom TV Double bed
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Two-room suite on deck 8 that sleeps up to two people, with a TV, seating area, dining table, coffee making facilities, minibar and private balcony. 43 - 45 m2 Window Bathroom Double bed Balcony
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Hurtigruten recently announced that three of its ships will be transformed into hybrid-powered vessels. MS Trollfjord will be renamed to MS Maud and undergo hybrid installation, transforming into a premium expedition cruise ship during early 2021. Using natural Scandinavian materials such as granite, oak, birch and wool, all public areas will be redesigned to create a relaxed and stylish look and feel. All cabins and suites will be completely refurbished. Hurtigruten’s signature Science centre will also be added, packed with state of the art technology and high tech gadgets.
MS Maud has been designed to take you on an expedition of the Norwegian coast in maximum comfort, equipped for a sustainable and memorable expedition. She is an ice class 1C ship equipped with advanced technology that makes her exceptionally well-suited for expedition cruises in Norway.
Hurtigruten recommends pre-booking shore excursions. This can be done up to four weeks prior to departure (two weeks if paid by credit card) at the rates presented. Shore excursions are also available to book on board but spaces may be limited. Please note: all excursions booked on board will be charged in Norwegian Kroner.
There is no official dress code on board but some guests choose to change to casualwear for dinner. The weather in Norway can vary during the course of each voyage (or even during the day!) so we recommend reading our climate zone packing guide to ensure you’re ready for every possibility.
Norwegian cuisine is served on board. Chefs use only the very best locally sourced, seasonal ingredients which are collected from port each day and used to prepare a range of delicious dishes.
Specific diets can be catered for if requested in good time. Passengers on strict diets may find that there is limited choice. A 3-course vegan menu is available in the evenings on voyages of 12-days.
Most Hurtigruten ships along the Norwegian coast have an Expedition Team who undertake special activities on board such as lectures and presentations, on-deck guiding as well as hikes and outdoor activities in many ports. The majority of activities take place both inside the ships and out on deck and are designed around the season you’re sailing in. Hurtigruten aims to get guests closer to unique environments.
Visa, American Express, MasterCard and Diners Card are all accepted as payment options on board. Norwegian Kroner (NOK) is the on board currency.
Laundry rooms with washing machines, dryers and irons are available on all ships. Tokens can be purchased at reception.
The official languages on board are Norwegian and English, though some service crew also speak German. The majority of shore excursions are guided in two or three languages.
Yes, wireless internet is available on board for a small fee, unless already included in your Select or Platinum fare.
It is not common practice to tip on Hurtigruten ships on the coastal voyage. If you feel that crew members should be rewarded for providing exceptional service, tip boxes are placed in the restaurant together with envelopes.
Hurtigruten and Reader Offers Limited Agency booking conditions apply. Prices are per person based on two adults sharing, except single cabins, may increase or be withdrawn at any time. Offer applies to new bookings only. Ports may require a tender. Tours are subject to change. Additional excursions must be booked at least 28 days prior to departure. Please note, this voyage may not be suitable for guests with mobility restrictions. Weather, sea & ice conditions have a great influence on the programme and schedule. Safety is always the priority and the ship’s captain will decide on the final sailing schedule during the voyage, therefore, the itinerary is subject to change. Additional excursions will incur a charge. Drink inclusions are subject to the cruise line’s T&Cs. Drinks are only included with lunch and dinner. WIFI is subject to the cruise line’s T&Cs and cannot be guaranteed. *Please Note - Complimentary Wi-Fi on board - Be advised that Hurtigruten will sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not always supported.* Wildlife & Northern Lights sightings are not guaranteed. Itinerary is subject to change. *Please note: Some grades may have upper/lower berths, a fixed double bed and/or a restricted view.* Cruise Miles T&Cs apply. E&OE
Case of six fine wines is based on one per booking for UK mainland addresses only when booking an Ocean View or above by 8pm 19th April 2021.View cruise line T&C's