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Southern Scandinavia

Experience the highlights of Scandinavia in summer on this brand new no-fly expedition cruise from Dover

Expedition Holiday

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MS Maud is making Dover her home-port in 2021, offering no-fly voyages combined with all the benefits of expedition cruising.

Explore the rarely-visited regions of southern Scandinavia including archipelagos, dramatic fjords and bustling seaside towns. Experience the vast sand dunes and majestic cliffs at List in Germany, located at the northernmost tip of Sylt. Spend a day transiting the Kiel Canal which connects the North Sea with the Baltic Sea, a scenic passage of 61-miles. Where the North Sea meets the Baltic Sea lies Skagen in Denmark, an area which has long attracted many artists. Explore the scenic archipelago of Bohuslan in Sweden. One of the world’s finest coastlines to explore by boat, the archipelago covers almost 280 kilometres of Sweden’s western coast and is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Sail through Sweden's 'Inside Passage' to Kosterhavet National Park. As part of a marine biosphere, Koster consists of two relatively large main islands, North Koster and South Koster, both prime for exploration. Continue cruising on to Weather Islands, home to lush green scenery as well as barren rocks, one of Bohuslän's largest seal colonies in the area and numerous sea birds.

Discover Norway's capital, Oslo, sitting amidst forested hills on the Oslofjord before cruising to Kragero, an area ideal for kayaking, as there are over 490 islands to explore in this large archipelago. Learn about the fascinating history of Farsund, which includes hosting pirates in the early 1800’s and visit Rosendal which sits snugly between high mountains and beautiful valleys and is located on the Hardangerfjord, the second largest fjord in Norway.

Explore by foot, by kayak or with MS Maud's fleet of small expedition boats. The knowledgeable and friendly expedition team will share their experiences and make it an unforgettable voyage.

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Southern Scandinavia

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 - List (Germany)

Experience nature in a landscape of vast sand dunes, wide sandy beaches, majestic cliffs and flowering heathlands. List sits at the northernmost tip of Sylt, famous as the northernmost point of Germany. With its charming harbour and old mariners' houses, List has a romantic beauty and natural charm, ideal for a day exploring on foot. Stroll around the town or enjoy a walk over the grass-covered sand dunes heading to one of the lighthouses in the area. Or enjoy the island’s culinary specialty, oysters – farmed here since the 16th century. Mud flats lie out to the Wadden Sea, which can be viewed at low tide, along with the only shifting sand dune in Germany.

Day 4 - Kiel Canal

Transit the Kiel Canal

Day 5 - Skagen (Denmark)

Skagen (pronounced skain) is located at the top of Denmark northernmost tip, where the Baltic and the North Sea meets. The region’s beauty and light has long-attracted artists and painters, who liked to capture its characteristic natural essence and wide, white, sandy beaches. Discover the lively town centre with a bustling marina, museums, galleries and shops, or venture outside of town to explore endless beaches. Designated as a rare, authentic natural beauty spot by the World Wide Fund for Nature, Skagen’s many attractions are sure to delight those with a particular talent for photography.

Day 6 - Koster Islands (Sweden)

Today we spend time exploring the scenic archipelago of Bohuslän. One of the world’s finest coastlines to explore by boat, the archipelago covers almost 280 kilometres of Sweden’s western coast and is an area of outstanding natural beauty. We sail through the “inside passage” before arriving at the Kosterhavet National Park. Sailing so close to so many islands, we will see small piers, towns and picturesque summer houses, before we cruise north to arrive at the Koster islands. As part of a marine biosphere, Koster consists of two relatively large main islands, North Koster and South Koster, both prime for exploration by foot or on bike. The two islands are filled with meadows, forests, sandy beaches and rugged cliffs. Multiple walking trails, as well as beaches good for swimming can be found here. There is a cable ferry connecting the islands, which have their own unique qualities - South Koster is reasonably flat and good for cycling, whilst North Koster is more rugged and with more plant life and wildflowers. Both islands have small settlements to be explored. With fishing and farming being a focus in the area, there are cultural and heritage sites dotted throughout these islands as points of interest. The area is sprinkled with skerries and rocky isles, and should conditions allow, we make the most of it by kayak and small boat cruising. As it is a Marine National Park, nearly all under water, an ideal way of exploring the area is by snorkel. This is Sweden’s first Marine National Park, which is largely car-free and mostly a nature reserve, where the many types of flora and fauna are protected. There is a great National Park visitor centre providing detailed local information, as well as a photographic exhibition and interactive presentations. Either of the Koster Islands are a perfect spot for nature trekking and hikes in sublime landscape.

Day 7 - Weather Islands

Made up of hundreds of islands and islets, the aptly named Weather Islands has one of Sweden’s windiest and warmest climates. With lush green scenery as well as barren rocks, you will find one of Bohuslän's largest seal colonies in the area, together with numerous sea birds. Join the Expedition team as we spend the day exploring this nature lover's paradise on foot, by kayak or by small boat cruising.

Day 8 - Käringön - Grundsund - Smögen

A full day of exploration begins with a quick stop in Käringön, where, should conditions allow, guests will be able to join the optional excursion of small boat cruising to Grundsund. Grundsund is a charming fishing village located on the island of Skaftö, with traditional boathouses and small cottages dotting the rocky shoreline. With fewer than 700 inhabitants, the well-conserved fishing village boasts a beautiful harbour canal dividing the village and is a delight to stroll through. Or, walk along the newly-constructed wooden promenade, stretching along the waterfront to a footpath enabling you to explore the rugged coastline at leisure. Grundsund is also ideal for kayaking and small boat cruising. After lunch, we continue our scenic voyage along the coastline of Sweden and head to Smögen to enjoy the evening. Stroll through rows of fishermen’s houses and beautifully restored cottages with their lovingly tended gardens, before taking in the lazy summertime atmosphere whilst watching local fishing boats unload their daily catch down at the harbour. Smögen’s busy waterside boardwalk is the ideal way to spend a long summer evening.

Day 9 - Oslo (Norway)

As well as being the capital of Norway, Oslo is known for its museums as well as its green spaces and was recently awarded the European Green Capital award. Sitting amidst forested hills on the Oslofjord, Oslo has a small city centre, ideal to explore on foot. Close to the centre, you can enjoy trekking through the forest with its picturesque scenery and calming location. Explore a fortress, a sculpture park or the botanical garden; or perhaps visit one of the many excellent local museums such as the Fram Museum, the Viking Ship Museum or the Kon-Tiki Museum. Oslo has no shortage of cultural experiences and we look forward to sharing them with you.

Day 10 - Kragero

Kragero boasts a long history of art and culture, and attracts and inspires famous artists, drawn to the fine Norwegian light unique to this area. Amble through the towns charming narrow streets and alleyways to discover the assortment of art galleries and charming cafes, or venture further afield for a longer walk or more adventurous hike. The area is ideal for kayaking, as there are over 490 islands to explore in this large archipelago. Kragero is also perfectly situated to spend the day exploring the Telemark Canal. One of the most beautiful waterways in the world, the Telemark Canal is carved into rock and consists of eight locks and 18 lock levels, and is 65 miles long. On completion in 1892 it was called the “eighth wonder” and is a living heritage site. With old walls and locks well preserved along the waterway, spot old lock-keepers houses, sawmills and watchmen’s cottages. There is a distinct contrast between the agricultural districts, wilderness and the old industrial sites which make this a fascinating destination. Spend the day exploring the area or join us on one of our exciting excursions with the Expedition team.

Day 11 - Farsund

Farsund has a fascinating history, which includes hosting pirates in the early 1800’s. The area has some of the best beaches in Southern Norway, making it ideal for shoreside walks or even bird watching. Every summer, Farsund celebrates its heritage during the “Kaperdagene” festival – translated as “Pirate Days”. The origins of this carnival are rooted in the Napoleonic War of 1804, when the area was ravaged by conflict, causing years of hardship for the locals, who turned to plundering passing ships for their survival. Take a walk along the old railway line for spectacular views of the fjord, crossing a 100-year old swing bridge and passing a protected oak forest. Consider visiting the Lindesnes Lighthouse in the nearby Lindesnes municipality. Dating back to 1656, this is Norway's oldest lighthouse as well as the southernmost tip of the Norwegian mainland.

Day 12 - Rosendal

Rosendal sits snugly between high mountains and beautiful valleys and is located on the Hardangerfjord, the second largest fjord in Norway. Rosendal is known for its baronial manor, the smallest “palace” in Scandinavia, and now one of the most significant museums in Western Norway. Located at the mouth of the fjord, this castle is the only manor of its kind in Norway and is surrounded by a beautifully landscaped park. The surrounding areas have magnificent waterfalls, lakes and glaciers, such as the Bondhus Lake and Folgefonna Glacier, along with historic villages all set in a spectacular landscape. Spend the day hiking in the surrounding mountains, visit the Barony and its magnificent gardens, or just enjoy learning about the fascinating history of the town – after all, this is also where the ship “Gjøa”, was built and used by Roald Amundsen on his historic expedition through the Northwest Passage.

Day 13 - Lysefjord

Lysefjord is 40 kilometres long and 422 metres deep at its deepest. Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), the most famous tourist attraction in Ryfylke, towers an impressive 604 metres over the fjord. This is a flat mountain plateau of approx. 600 square metres. We hope to have a fine view of Preikestolen before heading back out of the fjord. As we sail quietly down the fjord, impressive mountains tower above us. Spend time lost in thought, out on deck drinking in the scenery, or take a comfy seat in the Observation Lounge with its enormous windows designed for this very moment.

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

Price Does Not Include

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