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Where Are We Going?

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Saturday, November 11 - SET SAIL FOR WINTER SIGHTS AND NORTHERN LIGHTS
 

Your Arctic expedition cruise to see the Northern Lights starts in Dover. If you have time, take a walk to Dover Castle and enjoy sparkling Channel views from this historic fortress.

Soon it's time to board MS Maud, your home for the next 15 days. Pick up your complimentary expedition jacket, settle into your cabin, and meet your Expedition Team.

Watch the iconic white cliffs fade into the distance from the Observation Deck or through the panoramic windows of our Explorer Lounge and Bar. Your adventure has begun.

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Sunday, November 12 - NORWAY BOUND
Monday, November 13 - NORWAY BOUND

Ease into your journey and relax on board

The following two days at sea will give you plenty of time to enjoy the onboard facilities like our hot tubs, sauna, and gym. You'll also dine on delicious seasonal produce in our restaurants.

The Expedition Team will begin the first in their series of lectures at the Science Center. Each member of the Expedition Team is an expert in their field. They'll share fascinating insights about the places, history, and nature you may encounter on your Norwegian coast adventure.

Discover our Citizen Science projects, where you can contribute to essential scientific research. Or pick up pointers on improving your wildlife and landscape images from our expedition photographers.

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Tuesday, November 14 - VIEWS FROM MOUNT HOVEN

Enjoy the glacial beauty of Nordfjorden
 

In the morning, we'll enter Nordfjorden. Gaze in awe as we pass Hornelen, Europe's highest sea cliff, and head towards Jostedalsbreen, Europe's largest glacier.

As we cruise past picturesque inlets, you'll spy on old fishing communities dating back to pre-Viking times. One of these is Loe, where we'll land if conditions are right. In the shadow of the mighty glacier, there's much to discover.

After a short boat ride to the floating jetty, you'll take the Loen Skylift to enjoy spectacular views from the summit of Mount Hoven. Afterward, you can partake in optional activities like snowshoeing, sledding, or winter kayaking.

Included Shore Excursion:

Loen Skylift

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Wednesday, November 15 - TOWARDS THE ARCTIC CIRCLE
Along the Helgeland coast to Arctic Norway


As we continue our Northern Lights cruise, hold your eyes on the scenery as we pass Helgeland county. You'll sail past the Seven Sisters mountain range and Torghatten mountain, with its distinctive hole right through the middle.

 

We'll also be traveling under the Auroral Zone, a prime area for Northern Lights. If we're lucky, we could have multiple sightings here. Our professional onboard photographer will also share top tips for capturing the Aurora.

 

Your Expedition Team will continue their onboard lectures. Discover more about local folklore or the Norwegian passion for the outdoors, known as friluftsliv.

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Thursday, November 16 - IDYLLIC REINE

One of the world's most spectacular destinations

A majestic wall of mountains signals your arrival in stunning Lofoten. The breathtaking scenery is a masterpiece of jutting snowcapped mountain-sheltered bays, untouched beaches, and a fishing village.

You'll spend the day in the picture-perfect fishing village of Reine: Its iconic red fishing huts, or rorbuer, dotted against granite peaks, make this one of Norway's most photographed landscapes. If the Northern Lights are active, it will only add to the magic.

Your included activity for the day is a trip to A, one of the best preserved traditional fishing villages in Norway. You'll visit the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum and learn how fishing has shaped the life of local communities here over the centuries.

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Friday, November 17 - ARCTIC ALTA, AURORA CITY
Go snowmobiling or learn about Sami culture


Lying 70 degrees north of the Arctic Circle, Alta is the perfect destination for winter activities like visiting snow hotels, dog sledding, and snowmobiling. Alta lies directly beneath the Auroral Oval. If conditions are right, you could be in for quite a show.

 

Learn more about the aurora on a visit to the modern Northern Lights Cathedral, where you'll be treated to a classical concert and an interactive exhibition on Northern Lights research.

 

Or enjoy an optional excursion to visit a Sami village and learn more about the indigenous and semi-nomadic reindeer herders. The Expedition Team may even give a lecture on Sami culture.

Included Shore Excursion:
Experience the Northern Lights Cathedral

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Saturday, November 18 - TROMSO THE ARCTIC GATEWAY
Join exciting winter activities in the Arctic capital

 

Our Northern Lights cruise continues to the capital of the Arctic, Tromso. As we arrive, look out for humpback whales - your Expedition Team will let you know of any sightings nearby.

With its massive stained glass window, make sure to stop at the Arctic Cathedral, one of the most striking landmarks in Tromso. Or drop in on the world's northernmost brewery, Mack Bryggeri.

On your included Polar Museum visit, you'll discover the city's heritage as a base for famous trappers and legendary explorers, including Roald Amundsen. Or try an optional excursion from dogsledding and snowshoeing to nature hikes.

Included Shore Excursion:
The Polar Museum

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Sunday, November 19 - HISTORIK NARVIK
Discover one of the world's most northerly towns

We arrive in Narvik in the morning. Sitting 150 miles inside the Arctic Circle and surrounded by three fjords, the town enjoys a spectacular setting. Take time to explore the galleries, shops, and restaurants - specializing in local seafood and reindeer meat.

An important port, Narvik was a strategic target for Germany during World War II. You'll visit Narvik War Museum and learn about the Allied troops' liberation of the town.

Then ride the cable car to the top of Mount Narvik, or go on optional excursion hikes, snowshoeing, or kayaking on the fjord. In the evening, look out for the Northern Lights as we cross Vestfjorden.

Included Shore Excursion:

Narvik War Museum Visit

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Monday, November 20 - SCIENCE AT SEA
Tuesday, November 21 - SCIENCE AT SEA

Take Time, connect and learn something new

 

Over the next two days, we may go off the beaten track to wherever captures our fancy. There are many islands and fjords to discover in this region. We'll go ashore in expedition boats and look for wildlife in their natural habitat.

Activities, and landings, will be picked at the discretion of the Expedition Team, and they'll draw on their in-depth knowledge of the area to bring you to the most exhilarating and naturally beautiful locations.

You'll also learn more about what we've seen - with lectures from our Expedition Team or in our Science Center. You can join a Citizen Science project like Happywhale, which uses photos of sightings to track whale migrations around the world.

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Wednesday, November 22 - BEAUTIFUL BERGEN
Visit Bergen's UNESCO-listed Bryggen district

 

Enjoy the unique charm of what was once Norway's capital, Bergen. It's one of Norway's most picturesque cities, surrounded by seven mountains and the sea.

Stroll through the UNESCO-listed Bryggen district and discover its colorful wooden wharves dating back to the 14th century. Explore the cobbled streets and alleys on foot, stopping at fascinating museums, artisanal boutiques, cafes, or a pub for a glass of local Hansa beer.

Afterward, enjoy an included excursion up Mount Floyen on the funicular railway. At the summit, you'll find amazing views over the city. We may venture into the alpine forest for a short hike; if there is time.

Included Shore Excursion:

Bergen - The Floibanen Funicular

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Thursday, November 23 - COSY EGERSUND

A beautiful town of wooden houses and ancient runes
 

You'll love the cozy feel of Egersund, with its brightly colored, wooden houses - so different from traditional, white-painted Norwegian homes.

People have lived here since the Stone Age, and you can even find ancient runes carved into rocks nearby. It's also one of the best natural harbors in Norway - as a fishing town, Egersund used to land more fish than anywhere else in the country.

The best way to explore is on foot. You can take an optional hike in the hills or enjoy exploring the town center on your own. For panoramic views, hike to the viewpoint at Varberg, a short walk from the center.

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Friday, November 24 - HOMEWARD BOUND

Relax at sea as we return to Dover

As you cruise back across the North Sea to Dover, you'll have time to relax and look back on some of the incredible experiences you've enjoyed on this expedition.

Spend time in the Explorer Bar with your fellow adventurers or relax in the hot tubs or sauna. You can also enlist the help of our onboard photographer for editing pointers on the many photos you'll no doubt have taken on this cruise. If your fascination for the Northern Lights and Norway hasn't been sated, our Expedition Team will be on hand to fill in any gaps - head to the Science Center to discover more.

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Saturday, November 25 - RETURN TO ENGLAND
Unforgettable memories of Norway in winter

We pass the white cliffs of Dover in the early morning. After breakfast, it's time to head ashore.

Dover is the gateway to the English countryside, so before you rush off, why not visit Dover Castle or the Roman lighthouse that's reputedly the UK's oldest building? You can also tour the underground hospital and secret WWII tunnels beneath the castle.

As you leave, you'll carry fantastic memories of coastal Norway, the Northern Lights, the culture you've encountered, and the friends you've made.