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Northern Lights in Tromso

No-fly Northern Lights and Fjords Expedition

15-day ocean cruise from £1,995 pp

Save up to £3,140pp and 'Northern Lights Promise'


Short description

Explore the coast of Norway under the magic of the Northern Lights with Hurtigruten Expeditions

British Airways Sale now on

The British Airways Sale is now on, with savings to a wide range of destinations from the USA and Canada to Asia and the Middle East. Book by 3 October 2023.


  • Experience the Northern Lights without having to fly
  • Enjoy in-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology and culture
  • Learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  • Enjoy full-board accommodation on a newly refurbished ship
  • See some of Norway's most breathtaking coastal towns and villages

In Brief

  • 1 Night Tilbury
  • 2 Nights At Sea
  • 1 Night Loen
  • 1 Night at sea
  • 1 Night Reine and Lofoten
  • 1 Night Alta
  • 1 Night Tromsø
  • 1 Night Narvik
  • 1 Night Bergen
  • 1 Night Egersund
  • 1 Night At Sea


Recommended for:
Expedition cruise | Natural world | No-fly | Northern Lights | Ocean cruise

Experience a special winter expedition cruise under the magical Northern Lights. You'll see everything from charming fishing villages to dramatic mountain scenery as you head north along the spectacular Norwegian coast. Call in at Bergen, Tromso, Reine, Alta and more, with daily included excursions designed to immerse you in the local way of life. An expert onboard Expedition Team offer enrichment lectures and guided tours, helping you make the most of your journey. And, each night, look to the skies in search of the world's greatest light show – the Aurora Borealis. And, this no-fly itinerary means skipping the airport queues in favour of embarking the ship in the UK.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Depart the UK

With no need to brave the airport as you'll embark the MS Maud in Tilbury. After embarkation you'll have plenty of time to explore the ship and its many amenities, including the Science Center, hot tubs, Explorer lounge, and open decks with panoramic views. Your accommodation onboard features natural Scandinavian materials, such as granite, oak, birch and wool, for a stylish and contemporary feel.

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: D

Days 2-3
At Sea

Enjoy the next two days at sea as you continue north to the Norwegian coastline. You'll meet the onboard Expedition Team, who will prepare you for the exciting adventures ahead. Listen in on talks by these experienced explorers who share their extensive knowledge about the places, people and natural phenomena we are likely to encounter, like the Northern Lights. Or, simply make the most of your free time admiring the views, trying some of the ship’s cuisine, or relaxing with a good book as you watch the world go by.

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 4

This morning you'll rise to the stunning Norwegian coast at Hornelen, Europe's highest sea cliff before venture deeper into the majestic fjords where larger ships simply can't go. Meandering your way through the waterways, you'll spot numerous old fishing communities, colourful villages and impressive glaciers, before arriving into the small town of Loen, at the heart of Nordfjord. Boarding smaller vessels, you'll head to the jetty and the starting point of the Loen skylift, which will take you to the top of Mount Hoven for fantastic panoramic views.

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Enter the Auroral Zone

Continuing north you'll sail through the Helgeland county, where thousands of small islands make up the lowland area, before passing by Torghatten mountain and its distinct hole right through the middle. As you make your way more north, closer to the Arctic circle, you'll pass into the auroral zone, where you'll have the best chance of spotting the elusive Northern Lights. Although not in complete darkness, you'll enjoy the extended twilight hours where its soothing blue glows casts over the snow capped mountains. With many lectures on offer, make sure to warm up inside and learn more about the region and what you'll be seeing in the coming days.

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Reine & Lofoten

Today you'll make your approach to the Lofoten islands, a formidable wall of mountains looming on the horizon. The Lofoten Islands are world famous for their distinctive peaks, sheltered bays and iconic red buildings , and today you'll dock in idyllic Reine. Fishermen's huts dot the shoreline and snowy granite peaks shoot out of the fjord, making Reine one of the most frequently photographed landscapes in Norway. You'll have the chance to discover the nearby hamlet of Å, a scenic traditional fishing village where you can tour the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum. Walk among coastal buildings from a century ago and get a sense of everyday life in the Lofoten fisheries over the last 250 years. Return to Reine, where you'll have the opportunities to kayak the frigid waters, hike the local trails or warm up on the ship simply enjoying the views.

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 7

Enjoy breakfast as you arrive into the vast wilderness of Finnmark country, well above the Arctic Circle and at the heard of the auroral zone and the northernmost town you'll visit on this expedition. This region also forms part of the traditional lands of the indigenous Sami, whose lives revolved around nomadic reindeer herding and the expedition team may choose to pay them a visit, otherwise, you'll have the chance for option husky sledding, ice hotel visits and snowmobiling adventures. As darkness takes over, turn your eyes to the sky, where your chances of spotting the Northern Lights have never been greater.

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 8

Today you'll arrive into Norway's spectacular Northern Lights capital – Tromsø. Optional winter activities from here include everything from dog-sledding and cross-country skiing to snowshoeing through the wilderness. Your included activity in Tromsø is visit to the Polar Museum, learning about the heritage of the town and the explorers who first passed through many years ago. There's plenty more to see – the Arctic Cathedral is a landmark in Tromsø visible from the Tromsø Sound, featuring a huge stained-glass window, while the world’s northernmost brewery, Mack Bryggeri, is well worth a visit. 

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 9

Arriving into Narvik this morning, set your eyes on the three fjords of Ofotfjord, Rombaken and Beisfjord and the sheltered Arctic town of Narvik. The town also played an important role during World World II, due to its rich ore mines, and the War Museum offers great insight into that period and worth a visit. Aside from the museum, enjoy the local shops, super fresh seafood and excellent local restaurants. Take the cable car to the top of Mount Narvik for panoramic views or optionally head out snowshoeing local trails.

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Days 10-11
Expedition days

Today you'll enjoy the day at leisure, where you may like to spend your time in the ship’s Explorer lounge, soaking in a one of the ship's hot tub, or out on deck watching fjords pass by. Just like any true expedition, the next two days will be at the discretion of the expedition team, as they navigate the fjords, visiting off-the-beaten track villages, coves and bays along the way. This freedom allows each journey to be truly unique, as no two expedition days will be alike.

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 12

This morning you'll arrive into Bergen, one of Norway’s most beautiful cities and the perfect place to explore on foot. Founded in 1070 AD, Bergen was Norway’s capital for many years, and has retained a great deal of its local character, history and charm. Take a stroll through the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district, with its colourful wooden wharfs dating back to the 14th century. An included excursion to Mount Fløyen sees you to the top of the mountain in just six minutes via the Fløibanen. Experience panoramic views over the city, mountains and the sea from the summit, and if you have the energy, follow one of many light trails into the snow-decked alpine forest. Then, back at sea level, wander Bergen's cobblestone streets and alleyways, drop into one of its many cafés or pubs and order a half-litre of local Hansa beer. 

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 13

You're final Norwegian visit will be to the picturesque town of wooden houses, Egersund. Its cosy vibe and brightly coloured houses date back to the stone age and there are several places around town where you'll find ruins of past settlements. Enjoy the town at your own pace, exploring the town centre which has some of the best preserved houses, dating back over 160 years. The terrain outside town is also great for walks, the last chance to hike among the beauty of Norway.

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 14
At Sea

Today is your final day at sea, and as you cross the North Sea, you might spot giant gas flares atop one of the many oil and gas platforms. Relax with one last soak in the hot tub, with a drink in the ship’s lounge, or by joining the Expedition Team as they review the highlights of your memorable winter expedition cruise to the coast of Norway. Round it all off with a delicious gourmet dinner. During the night, you'll have a technical stop in Calais.

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 15
Return to the UK

After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your ship and set off for home.  All 2023 voyages end in Tilbury. 

Meals: B



Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.


15-day ocean cruise
from £1,995 pp


Save up to £3,140pp and 'Northern Lights Promise'
Book by: 17 October 2023

Special offer: 

  • Book selected departure dates between October and December 2023 and save up to an incredible £3,140 pp

Northern Lights Promise:

  • Enjoy a Classic Voyage free of charge if the Northern Lights do not appear on your cruise to Norway (terms and conditions apply, please speak to one of our specialists for details)


  • 14-day or 15-day Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise aboard MS Maud (please call for details of cabins and suites) from either Tilbury or Dover
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
  • Trekking poles, head lamps and walking poles available if necessary
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Centre which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board (limited in remote regions and streaming not supported)

Price varies by departure date and cabin availability, please call for details. 

Terms & Conditions: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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