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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Northern Lights and Fjords Expedition

This no-fly expedition cruise from Dover sails along Norway's amazing coastline in winter in search of the mesmerising Northern Lights on board a hybrid-powered ship. Explore the authentic heart of Norway with an overnight stay in Tromso, an Arctic Circle crossing and visits to the Lofoten Islands, Senja, Stavanger and the North Cape, with optional excursions accompanied by the on-board expedition team

No Fly Cruise
14 nights from £2924pp

Expedition Holiday
  • Alesund
  • Stavanger
  • Bergen
  • Svolvaer
  • North Cape

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Northern Lights and Fjords Expedition Special Offer

Discover beautiful coastal towns and cities on this special winter expedition cruise from Dover to Norway in search of the Northern Lights. See the best of Norway’s coastline on board a hybrid-powered ship, learn about Norwegian culture, history and nature with the Expedition Teams and take part in exciting excursions to really discover this winter wonderland, with an extensive range of optional excursions.

Sail past the white cliffs of Dover en-route to the snow-covered scenery of the Norway coast where there may be the chance to experience the dazzling Northern Lights. Admire the art nouveau architecture of Alesund and tour its Norwegian Aquarium then discover the 18th-century wooden houses of Stavanger. Discover the majestic snow-capped peaks of Reine, visit the hamlet of Å to explore the Norwegian Fishing ViIlage and cruise past the massive Lofoten wall to Svolvaer. Sail past the legendary Seven Sisters and cross the Arctic Circle on the way to the dramatic scenery of the Lofoten Islands.

An overnight stop in Tromso gives ample time to try optional winter activities including dog-sledging, and join the included trip on the Fjellheisen cable car. A highlight of this voyage is the visit to the North Cape, one of the most northernmost points in Europe which feels like the end of the world. Enjoy a journey to the magical landscapes of Senja, before sailing back to Dover to conclude this superb Norwegian no-fly adventure. Stroll through Bergen's historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district and join the included excursion on the Floibanen funicular to the top of Mount Floyen.

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Northern Lights and Fjords

Day 1 - Dover (England)

Embark MS Maud in Dover.

Day 2 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea. Meet the expedition team who will prepare you for the exciting adventures ahead.

Day 3 - Stavanger (Norway)

Welcome to Stavanger – known for its many nearby natural attractions, including famous Pulpit Rock and long sandy beaches along the North Sea. The Stavanger region is on the radar of nearly every visitor to Norway. Many different nationalities are drawn to the area, making it a highly international destination. Its cosmopolitan nature is reflected in the city’s lively, urban ambience, with creative food menus, fun pubs and bars, and a booming cultural scene. Stavanger’s proud history is never far from sight. Old Stavanger has Europe’s best-preserved wooden house area with more than 170 white wooden structures dating back to the 1700s. Stavanger is also Europe’s oil and energy capital. Visit the Norwegian Petroleum Museum to learn more about Norway’s most important industry through modern interactive exhibits. See how oil and gas were formed millions of years ago, as well as how petroleum is found, produced and consumed. Feeling adventurous? You can slide down an escape chute used on offshore oil and gas platforms. While it’s less likely to spot the Northern Lights this far south, it does happen. Keep your eyes on the northern edge of the horizon.

Day 4 - Alesund

Today you arrive in the charming small city of Ålesund - renowned for its beautiful art nouveau architecture. This owes to a devastating fire that burned a large part of the city to the ground in 1904. The entire town was subsequently rebuilt in the fashionable art nouveau style of the time. Take the opportunity to wander Ålesund’s charming cobblestone streets and admire the numerous spires, towers and highly-ornate buildings. Norway is a seafood nation and Ålesund is its fisheries capital. Take the opportunity to visit the Norwegian Aquarium - built directly into the rocky coastline, the aquarium is also an architectural marvel. Due to excellent oceanic conditions along the Norwegian coast, the aquarium features a colourful and exciting range of fish and fauna, including octopus, seals and penguins. You can also choose one of our interesting optional excursions in and around this fascinating coastal Norwegian city.

Day 5 - Bronnoysund

Welcome to Bronnoysund - a vibrant and pretty little town of 5,000 folks located on a narrow peninsula surrounded by islands and sea. You are now at the halfway mark along Norway’s long coastline. Bronnoysund is near the famous mountain with a hole in the middle - Torghatten. Bronnoysund is also the gateway to Vega Island – a UNESCO World Heritage site, which was granted UNESCO status because of how the community demonstrates its centuries-old sustainable way of life. Remarkably, the islanders have thrived by practicing the now unique tradition of eider farming and duck down processing. As we leave Bronnoysund, we sail along the coast of Helgeland and pass the famous mountain range called the Seven Sisters. Legend has it that seven beautiful troll sisters were caught out at sunrise and turned to stone, creating the seven beautiful peaks. In the evening, we cross the Arctic Circle – and your chances to experience the Aurora grow.

Day 6 - Reine - Svolvaer

The Lofoten Islands are world famous for their distinctive dramatic peaks, sheltered bays and untouched beaches - and this is your day to explore them. Lofoten is also known for its excellent fishing, picturesque villages and exciting year-round activities. We dock at idyllic Reine in the morning. Fishermen´s huts dotting the shoreline and snowy granite peaks shooting out of the fjord make Reine one of the most frequently photographed landscapes in Norway. After departing Reine, we sail along the massive Lofoten wall to Svolvær. The islands, steep mountains, beautiful beaches and bays we pass are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. In Svolvær, choose from a number of exciting outdoor and indoor activities. Intriguing shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants are scattered throughout the town. After a whole day exploring Lofoten, we sail to Trollfjord, an amazing place where vertical mountain walls surrealistically jut out of the sea. In winter, it’s not possible to sail into the fjord, so we admire this very special site at its entrance. Keep looking skyward to catch sight of the Northern Lights.

Day 7 - Tromso

Looking for an adventurous winter wonderland? Tromso is the perfect destination for winter activities and boasts a wide range of optional excursions to choose from depending on your interests. Enjoy a ride into the sky on the Fjellheisen cable car, with breathtaking views of the city, mountains, fjords - and hopefully the Aurora. Tromso brims with fascinating history, culture and bold architecture. The Arctic Cathedral is a landmark in Tromso visible from the Tromso Sound, featuring a huge stained-glass window. Care to meet some friendly locals? Tromso is home to the world’s northernmost brewery, Mack Bryggeri, which also runs Olhallen, a lively pub where townspeople go for a chat and a beer. Other winter activities include optional excursions with our Expedition Team on nature hikes, and Aurora-focused bus rides. Tromso is so far north that you may see the Northern Lights directly overhead.

Day 8 - Tromso

Another day in Tromso means another day of discovery. Visit the Arctic experience centre, Polaria, where you will be able to look, feel, experience and understand why life in the sea and on land are inextricably linked. Polaria is also one of two places in Europe where you can see bearded seals at close range. Historically, Tromso was the starting point for several Arctic expeditions. It was also the first call when hunters and explorers returned to civilization, giving it a tough frontier reputation. Today the city is often called the Paris of the North because of its international and cultural diversity. Meet friendly locals, do some shopping or sample the city’s range of restaurants specializing in the region’s fresh produce. As we leave Tromso after lunch, spend the afternoon and evening on deck – hunting the Northern Lights.

Day 9 - North Cape - Honningsvag

Today we visit one of the northernmost points in Europe, North Cape. This is also as far north as we go on this winter expedition cruise. Start the day by taking a scenic bus ride from the town of Honningsvag. We pass small bays and tiny villages, then cross a mountain plateau before arriving at spectacular North Cape. At 71°10’21´N, North Cape is just 2,100 km away from the Geographic North Pole. Stand at the edge of the cliff and gaze out on the sea. Only the Svalbard Archipelago separates you from the North Pole. North Cape feels like the end of the world. It’s also a great place to take stunning photos and there will be enough time to visit the North Cape Hall´s cinema, showing a short film about the North Cape Plateau, and there are several exhibits open to visitors. Back in Honningsvag, you can opt to stroll about, past charming houses, nice shops and a church that was the only structure left standing at the end of World War II. This is the ship’s turning point and from here we start our return trip southward. Keep looking skyward.

Day 10 - Finnsnes - Senja

Today we dock at Finnsnes, just across a bridge from the remarkable island of Senja, which Norwegians call the ‘fairytale island’ because of its spectacular nature. Senja is Norway’s second largest island and counts just under 8,000 inhabitants. As you might guess, fisheries and aquaculture are the dominant industries here. Cod and pollock are traditionally fished in Senja’s waters while salmon is farmed. The island is famous for its diverse landscapes and is often referred to as Norway in miniature. The scenery can dramatically change within the blink of an eye. The outer side of Senja is characterised by lofty mountains plummeting straight into the sea, interspersed with isolated coves and sandy beaches. South Senja is distinguished by rocky coastline and pine forests and is home to Ånderdalen National Park. The eastern side of Senja has a a gentler landscape with rolling hills and birch forests. There is little light pollution here, increasing your chances of seeing the Northern Lights.

Day 11 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 12 - Kristiansund - Molde

A brief stop in Kristiansund for guests wishing to take a trip along the Atlantic Road, to Molde. Kristiansund's location on four sea islands in the Norwegian Sea has steadily provided livelihoods in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries. A decisive battle between Danish and Norwegian Vikings was fought near here in 955 and later noted in the famous ‘Lives of the Norse Kings’ by Snorre Sturlasson. After lunch, we reach Norway’s ‘City of Roses’ – Molde. You may want to visit Romsdalsmuseet, one of Norway’s largest folk museums, exhibiting historic regional buildings and interiors. The city´s scenic viewpoint, Varden, is worth a visit, with its wonderful vistas across Molde, the fjord and snowy peaks of the Romsdal Alps in the distance.

Day 13 - Bergen

We arrive in Bergen, one of Norway’s most beautiful cities and a great place to explore by foot. Founded in 1070 AD, Bergen was Norway’s capital for many years. The city has retained a great deal of its local character, history and charm, and is a hub for Norwegian travel. Be sure to stroll through the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with its colourful wooden wharfs dating back to the 14th century. Visit Mount Floyen – the Floibanen funicular takes you to the top in just six minutes. At the summit you get amazing views over this city surrounded by seven mountains and the sea. Feeling energetic? Follow one of many light trails atop Mount Floyen into possibly snow-decked alpine forest. Back at sea level, wander the cobblestone streets and alleyways of this enchanting, compact city. Drop into one of its many cafés or pubs and order a half-litre of local Hansa beer, browse through unique boutiques and visit world-class museums. Spend the evening relaxing, maybe in the panoramic lounge or out on deck. While its less likely the Northern Lights will appear this far south, it does happen.

Day 14 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 15 - Dover

Disembark MS Maud in Dover after breakfast

For weather and navigational reasons, the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 14-night full board voyage in cabin grade of your choice
  • House beer and wine, sodas and mineral water with meals on board
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board
  • English speaking Expedition Team on board
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Wind and water-resistant jacket
  • No gratuities expected
  • Range of included excursions

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities (at guests' discretion)

Additional Information

  • Included Activities:
  • Stavanger - The Norwegian Petroleum Museum
  • Alesund - The Norwegian Aquarium
  • Brønnøysund - Town Walk and Concert
  • Reine - The Fishing Village of Å
  • Tromso - Polaria Arctic Experience Centre
  • Honningsvag - The North Cape
  • Finnsnes - National Scenic Route in Senja
  • Kristiansund - The Atlantic Ocean Road
  • Bergen - The Fløibanen Funicular
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Map for Northern Lights and Fjords Expedition