Launching October 2021, hybrid-powered MS Maud joins Hurtigruten’s fleet of expedition ships and features new and environmentally-friendly technology and electrical power, which reduces fuel usage and CO2-emissions. Setting sail with a maximum of 530 passengers on board; you'll soon feel at home in your modern and well-equipped sea-facing cabin or suite and get to know your travelling companions and the resident crew and Expedition Team. The laid-back and friendly on-board lifestyle and the casual dress code are equally matched by the locally-inspired and tasty cuisine. The focus is very much on what you can experience ashore and the on and off ship activities. Spend your days at sea relaxing on the outdoor explorer deck and enjoying the views from the observation lounge. Work out in the fitness room and take a brisk stroll around the outdoor walking deck, before enjoying some downtime in the wellness area.
The cuisine on board is locally-sourced and made from the freshest of ingredients. Take your seat in the T Alune Main Dining restaurant at breakfast, lunch, and dinner to enjoy first-class service and a varied menu of starters, main courses, and desserts. Try the informal eatery, Fredheim, named after a legendary 1920s hunting station in Svalbard that sheltered adventurers from around the world, or the outdoor grill venue to enjoy al fresco dining on the top deck. Pay a small supplement to dine on gourmet fare in the Fredheim and Lindstrom Restaurants.
Explorer Lounge & Bar is the social hub of the ship. From your morning coffee through to pre-dinner drinks and late evening nightcaps; this is the place to mix with your fellow passengers and take in the ever-changing outside views.
The entertainment on board MS Maud is relaxed and low-key. The Expedition Team host a programme of enrichment talks and evening get-togethers; while out on deck they guide you through the points of interest, nature, and other fascinating sights. Enjoy ambient background music in the evening as you socialise with your fellow guests in the lounge and bar.
Day 1: Dover, UK
Arrive in Dover where you will embark MS Maud and sail from Dover, UK to Norway. Admire the white cliffs as you cross the North Sea and spot fishing boats, tankers and helicopters taking workers to and from offshore oil and gas platforms.
Day 2: At Sea
You will have the opportunity to meet our Expedition Team, who will provide talks and share their extensive knowledge to prepare you for exciting adventures ahead. Relax and enjoy the views whilst you familiarise with the comfortable and stylish MS Maud.
Day 3: Bergen, Norway
The charming port city of Bergen is framed by seven hills on Norway's south-west shore. Bergen’s bustling waterfront and narrow streets of colourful half-timbered houses combine with a proud musical and maritime heritage. We’ve included a ride the funicular railway up Mount Floyen for city views and finish with coffee and pastries. Visit Troldhaugen Museum to see Edvard Grieg's musical heritage comes to life, or explore the artwork on display at KODE. The 900-year old Bryggen, a wharf that features museums and pubs, guides you through the city's sea-faring past, while locally-caught seafood can be found at Bergen Fish Market. Discover family fun at Bergen Science Centre and Bergen Aquarium, or explore the city's sights on a Segway tour.
Day 4: Molde (half day) and Kristiansund
In Molde, Norway’s ‘City of Roses’, visit Romsdalsmuseet, one of Norway’s largest folk museums or venture up to Varden, the city’s scenic viewport offering amazing vistas across to the snowy peaks of the Romsdal Alps in the distance. Enjoy the included scenic bus trip along the Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s most-visited tourist destinations, spanning eight bridges through picturesque landscapes and across the open sea. The excursion ends in Kristiansund, famous for historic exportation of dry salted fish and here you can take a stroll along the waterfront and marina.
Day 5: Brønnøysund, Norway
Gateway to UNESCO World Heritage site, Vega Island and near the famous mountain with a hole in the middle, the Torghatten, Bronnoysund is a pretty little town of 5,000 inhabitants. Take a historical town walk and discover the parish church and learn about the town’s tradition of eider farming and duck-down processing.
Day 6: Reine and Svolvær, Norway
Discover the fascinating Lofoten Islands, famous for their distinctive dramatic peaks, sheltered bays, untouched beaches and charming villages. Fishermen´s huts dot the shoreline at Reine, nestled amongst snowy granite peaks, making this picturesque area one of the most frequently photographed landscapes in Norway. Join a tour to explore the nearby hamlet of Å, a scenic traditional fishing village and Trollfjord Centre.
The islands, steep mountains, beautiful beaches and bays of Svolvær offer exciting opportunities to enjoy outdoor and indoor activities, explore shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants.
Day 7-8: Tromsø, Norway
Enjoy some of the optional tours of Tromsø or join the included activity of a visit to the Arctic experience centre, Polaria, the world’s most northern aquarium, where you’ll discover and experience a range of exhibits and get up close to the arctic bearded seals.
Day 9: Honningsvåg, Norway
Honningsvåg is your gateway to Norway's North Cape on Magerøya Island. This is the northernmost point in Europe, and the true land of the midnight sun. From mid-May to July, the full disc of the sun never dips below the horizon. In winter, the days barely lighten to a spectral gloom. To the north lies only the remote Svalbard Archipelago, Jan Mayan Island, and the polar ice cap. From the cliffs of North Cape, perched 1,000 feet above the Arctic Ocean, one stares into the arctic silence. During the summer months, vast reindeer herds roam Magerøya Island's treeless, central plateau.
Day 10: Finnsnes, Norway
Finnsnes is the gateway to the fairytale island of Senja with its spectacular landscapes, and our included coach journey will take you along the Norwegian Scenic Route to ensure you have the opportunity to discover the lofty mountains, forests, sandy beaches and isolated coves of this beautiful area. South Senja is distinguished by rocky coastline and pine forests and is home to Ånderdalen National Park. Your chances of witnessing the Northern Lights are increased due to being in wilderness without light pollution here.
Day 11: At Sea
Enjoy a variety of presentations as Hurtigruten’s Expedition Team will keep you enthralled on every facet of Norway’s geography, culture and history of Norway’s long and varied coastline. Spend time soaking in a hot tub, spotting sea wildlife or watch for the aurora borealis.
Day 12: Ålesund, Norway
Renowned for its beautiful art nouveau architecture, the charming city of Ålesund was rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1904. Stroll the cobblestone streets and admire the numerous spires, towers and highly-ornate buildings or join the included visit to the Norwegian Aquarium, an architectural marvel which perches within the rocky coastline where you can discover an exciting range of fish and fauna, including octopus, seals and penguins.
Day 13: Stavanger, Norway
Arrive at the port of Stavanger - gateway to the majestic Lysefjord. Meander through the cobbled streets lined with white-washed wooden houses and see artists at work in the old quarter. Visit the 12th-century Stavanger Cathedral and marvel at its vaulted ceiling and 13th-century Gothic chancel. Stop by the Norwegian Canning Museum to appreciate the town's heritage as the 'herring capital' of Norway.
Day 14: At sea
Relax and unwind on your final day at sea. Join the Expedition Team as they review the highlights of your memorable winter expedition cruise to the coast of Norway, enjoy your last soak in the hot tub or edit your photographs of a journey of a life-time.
Day 15: Dover, UK
The expedition cruise comes to an end in Dover, where you disembark and make your way home.