Ancient sites and modern life  Sail from the Icelandic capital to the White Cliffs of Dover, via the remote and wild isles of the North Atlantic. As autumn unfurls across these much-storied seas, you’ll explore exciting capital cities, Neolithic sites, thriving island towns, and tiny villages where the influence of the Vikings can still be felt.  Wildlife and expansive skies  Seabirds and marine life thrive under the huge skies of the North Atlantic. Whether you’re on our small expedition boats, on MS Maud’s decks or on foot, you’ll see towering cliffs teeming with seabirds and watch for whales and dolphins splashing in the seas around us.


• Wildlife, bygone civilisations and modern life in the North Atlantic

Discover Iceland's modern capital Your island-hopping expedition cruise starts in Iceland's art, culture and history-packed capital, Reykjavik.  If you have time before boarding MS Maud, stroll along Laugavegur with its boutiques and galleries, head to the striking Hallgrimskirkja cathedral or the fascinating Reykjavik Art Museum. On board MS Maud, pick up your expedition jacket, check out your cabin, meet the Expedition Team, and enjoy your first delicious dinner as we set sail towards our first stop, Stykkishólmur. With so much to explore, you may want to come early and join one of our optional Pre-Programmes to the Golden Circle or Icelandic Highlands.

Gateway to spectacular Snæfellsnes It's as though time has stood still at our first stop, Stykkishólmur, a small fishing town in the Breiðafjörður bay where colourful houses stand out in contrast to the distant mountains. Nearby, you’ll find Snæfellsnes Peninsula National Park, with the striking, ice-capped Snæfellsjökull volcano at the peninsula’s western tip. It’s nicknamed 'Little Iceland' for its array of volcanic landscapes. At the national park you can visit Djúpalónssandur's black sand beach and the Lóndrangar basalt cliffs. Or why not ride a snowcat to the top of the Snæfellsjökull glacier or take a guided coastal hike with a glacial cave tour.

Whales, puffins, and a dramatic volcanic eruption The first small island on our isle-hopping expedition cruise is Heimaey, off the south coast of Iceland. It's the only inhabited island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago.   Heimaey has a fascinating history involving runaway slaves, murder, revenge, magic, and Barbary pirates, and it still bears the scars of a powerful volcanic eruption in 1973 that nearly destroyed the island. Visit the SEA LIFE Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary, and hike to see puffins at Stórhöfði, where around eight million nest every summer. Be sure to check out the volcano, Eldfell, the ‘Fire Mountain’. It's well worth the effort to climb to its summit, offering incredible views of the town below.

Get to know your new basecamp at sea As we sail to the Faroe Islands, enjoy an idyllic day at sea. Admire the views from MS Maud’s expansive Observation Deck, visit the Science Center for insights into the destinations ahead, or take advantage of the gym and hot tubs.   Photography enthusiasts can pick up some pointers from our onboard photographer on how to capture wildlife and landscapes. You'll find the comfort of the Explorer Lounge & Bar a great place to read or watch the world glide by.  You can also enjoy a talk by the Expedition Team – experienced explorers who will share their extensive knowledge of the places ahead with you.

Explore wild and rugged Eysturoy island  Tiny Runavík is a flourishing town on the Faroe Island of Eysturoy. Hugging the eastern side of the Skálafjørður fjord, it’s been a haven for ships for many centuries. The Vikings used to dock here too.  Join the Expedition Team on a kayaking tour of Skálafjørður – at nine miles long, it’s the longest fjord in the Faroe Islands – or head off on one of the many hiking routes. You could follow the relatively easy path through the heather-rich moorland around Lake Toftavatn, known for its birdlife. Hike up the nearby hill for astounding views of the surrounding green peaks. Take the opportunity to stretch your legs before we cruise to Streymoy, the largest of the islands.

A visit to Streymoy in the Faroe Islands  Tórshavn is located on Streymoy, the largest of the Faroe Islands. Founded by Norsemen in the 10th century, Tórshavn – Thor’s Harbour – is one of Northern Europe’s oldest capitals. Wander through the cobbled alleyways and delight in the colourful, turf-roofed houses found here. In the local museums, you can learn about the city’s origins and the flora, fauna and geology of the Faroe Islands. About half a mile out of town, the Svartifoss waterfall tumbles over mossy rocks. And as you walk along the seafront, look out for Eider Ducks and the distinctive Faroese Starling with its beige-tipped wings

Sea birds and Vikings in the northern Shetlands The northern Shetland Islands represent the geographical extremity of the British Isles. In these remote areas, we’ll explore according to the conditions and where we find the best opportunities. We may visit charming Haroldswick on Unst, where the Vikings reputedly first made footfall in the British Isles. Home to a reconstruction of a Viking longhouse and ship, there’s also a burial mound thought to be the grave of King Harald Fairhair, the village’s namesake. We may also take out our small expedition boats, exploring hidden coves below towering cliffs. At the UK’s most northerly point, the cliffs of the Hermaness National Nature Reserve shelter thousands of breeding seabirds including fulmars, puffins, shags and gannets, so be sure to bring your binoculars.

Experience life in the capital of Scotland's most northerly inhabited isles  We'll dock alongside Lerwick, the capital of the Shetland Islands, to explore this friendly, Victorian-influenced fishing town.  Navigate the narrow lanes on foot to discover little shops selling local whiskies, woollen sweaters and fudge. By the old waterfront, you’ll find the Shetland Museum, exploring the area's rich history. Nearby, see Fort Charlotte and the regal Town Hall.  The wider island is home to remarkable Iron Age villages and the Croft House Museum, where you'll learn about the hard life of the local crofters.  Keep your binoculars handy as you may spot grey and common seals along Lerwick's beaches, and local birdlife such as Red-throated Divers, redshanks and curlews.

A scenic stop for bird lovers  Your cruise continues in the Shetlands as we visit Fair Isle, Britain's most remote island, known for its birdlife and knitwear. A magnet for birdwatchers and wildlife photographers, the island is home to 27 bird species. It's a vital stop for migrating seabirds, drawn to the red sandstone cliffs, green fields and moors. Why not join a hike along breathtaking clifftop trails with the Expedition Team. Gain fascinating insights into the life and history of the 65-strong island community at the local museum. You can support Fair Islanders by buying genuine Fair Isle knitwear directly from local makers. If landing isn’t possible, the scenic cruising is just as spectacular.

Discover the islands’ rich heritage, wildlife and whisky  The Orkney Islands' largest town, Kirkwall, is a vibrant place influenced by every era from the Vikings to World War II.  In the Norse town centre, visit the regal St Magnus Cathedral and the adjacent Earl’s Palace to see the stone ruins of this once-grand Renaissance building. Whisky aficionados will enjoy Kirkwall's Highland Park and Scapa distilleries’ sublime single malts.  Delve into the past at Scara Brae settlement and the mysterious standing stones of Ring of Brodgar and Stones of Stenness – all part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage site.  Sea birds such as puffins, gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes and eagles thrive around the Orkneys. Look out for dolphins, whales and orcas.

Discover the many charms of the much-loved city of Edinburgh After London, Edinburgh is the most visited city in the United Kingdom, and you’ll soon see why. With streets steeped in history and a thriving cultural scene, the Scottish capital offers the perfect balance between the traditional and contemporary.    Explore mysterious winding alleys and elegant terraced rows, and check out some of the many shops, bars and restaurants. Get a great view of the city from majestic Edinburgh Castle, where you can see Scotland’s Crown Jewels and the famed Stone of Destiny.

Enjoy a relaxing day as we cruise towards Dover It’s our final day at sea and your expedition cruise with us is fast drawing to a close. Make the most of the onboard facilities today before we arrive back in Dover. You’ll have time to sit back and swap stories of your adventures so far. Keep your eyes peeled while on deck for some wonderful marine life and seabirds – you can even relax in the hot tub at the same time. You can still spend time in the Science Center and with the Expedition Team, who are available to answer all your questions.

Explore Dover and the English countryside Your expedition cruise to the islands of the North Atlantic ends in Dover. After breakfast, it's time to head ashore. Dover is the gateway to the English countryside, so before you head home, why not visit Dover Castle or the Roman lighthouse – reputedly the UK’s oldest major building. You can also walk along the famous White Cliffs of Dover at St Margaret's Bay for incredible views of the coastline and sparkling English Channel or tour the secret WWII tunnels beneath the castle. A perfect way to end your adventure!

Itineraries are subject to change.

Dover to Rekyjavik Voyage - 13 Days

Polar Outside. From

$7,804 AUD pp
Polar Outside. From
Our Polar Outside cabins are mostly situated on the middle or lower decks and all have bathrooms with a shower/toilet. They have separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa, or upper and lower berths. All cabins have individual specifications.

Polar Inside. From

$7,362 AUD pp
Polar Inside. From
Our cozy Polar Inside cabins are located on all decks. All cabins include bathrooms with a shower/toilet. Most cabins have separate beds, with one doubling as a sofa. Others are equipped with upper and lower berths. All cabins have individual specifications.

Expedition Suite. From

$15,756 AUD pp
Expedition Suite. From
Our Expeditions Suites are the most luxurious cabins. Situated on the ship’s upper deck, the suites feature seating areas with TV and bathrooms with shower/toilet, all with double beds. Some suites have more amenities than others. Located on decks 6, 7, and 8. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.

Arctic Superior. From

$9,203 AUD pp
Arctic Superior. From
Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic Superior cabins. Situated on both the upper and middle decks, they all have bathrooms with shower/toilet. They are also equipped with tea- and coffee-making facilities. Most of them have separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa, and some have double beds. All cabins have individual specifications.

Vessel Type: Expedition Ship

Length: 135,75 m

Passenger Capacity: 528

Built: 2003

About the ship

MS Maud, previously MS Midnatsol, is named after one of the most famous polar vessels of all time, Roald Amundsen's 'Maud' from 1917. The original 'Maud' got her name from the first Queen of modern-day Norway. She also had her namesake in Hurtigruten Expedition’s 1925 flagship, DS Dronning Maud ('DS Queen Maud').

Ship features

This ship has passed stringent tests and has been accredited by the leading independent certification body Bureau Veritas (BV). The strict and thorough safety audit required by BV ensures every ship is in compliance with industry and international health, safety and hygiene best practices. When you see the SafeGuard label, you can feel confident the vessel you’re sailing in meets the highest standards to achieve certification. SafeGuard furthermore ensures that best practice guidelines are being followed with regard to hygiene, sanitation and limiting the spread of infectious diseases on board.

Today, MS Maud is equipped with advanced technology that makes her exceptionally well-suited for expedition cruises in Norway and the British Isles.

Premium expedition comfort

Her bright interiors are appointed in a classic Art Deco style. Colours are inspired by the Midnight Sun, allowing you to relax in warm vibes every day of the year. Channel your inner scientist in the advanced Science Center and enjoy daily lectures in the lecture hall or in the comfort of your cabin with our new streaming service. Sample delicious dishes from local suppliers in the restaurants and enjoy beverages and the spectacular views in the Explorer Lounge & Bar. On deck 9, you can enjoy the spectacular views from the outdoor Observation deck. There’s also a gym and a sauna with stunning views.

Interior and Cabins

MS Maud is well-suited for expedition cruising, with a décor inspired by Norway’s stunning nature, reflected in many of the pieces of Norwegian modern art on board. Her bright interiors are appointed in a classic Art Deco style. Colours are inspired by the Midnight Sun, allowing you to relax in warm vibes every day of the year.

Explorer lounge & bar

Enjoy the view with a drink in the Explorer lounge & bar.

Science Center

The hub of onboard learning is our Science Center, an edutainment venue where guests and crew meet to create a deeper understanding of the areas we explore. We stream for your comfort our lectures to cabins.


The MS Maud offers a complete gym.

Sauna & Ralaxation

After a day of exploring, guests can relax and rejuvenate in the hot tubs or the sauna, exercise in the gym, take in the scenery in the elegant Explorer Lounge & Bar, or browse in the on-board shop.


The ship has a small selection of books that are available to guests while on board.

Observation Deck

The Observation Deck is an ideal place to scan the scenery and watch wildlife with your binoculars.

Aune Restaurant

Welcome onboard to a culinary journey and our award-winning food sourcing program. On board you find restaurant Aune - our main dining room; Named after the Norwegian ship chandler and polar expedition supplier Tinus Aune.

Fredheim Restaurant

The ships’ informal and social meeting place – named after a 1900s hunting station on Svalbard. Fredheim - with casual fast food and plant based alternatives.

Lindstrom Restaurant

And our fine dining restaurant Lindstrøm, named after Polar Hero and Amundsen Chef Adolf Lindstrøm. Take a deep breath, relax and enjoy.

Cabin layout for Maud

Optional tours and excursions available. Please contact us for more details.


HX Expedition voyages include
• Voyage on board in selected cabin category
• On board lectures
• Daily expeditions and activities such as hikes, community visits, talks and more
• Full board dining, including breakfast, lunch and dinner with house wine and beer
• Wine, beer, spirits and cocktails available across the day and evening
• All-day coffee, tea & soft drinks
• Free Wi-Fi
• Gratuities
• Our interactive science programme, Science Centre and activities both on and off the ships
• Access to sauna, hot tubs, fitness room and more
• Professional photos from the onboard photographer
• Opportunities to engage with and support local communities and environmental initiatives through Hurtigruten
• Take home expedition jacket and reusable water bottle
• Expedition photographers on hand to assist you

Coastal Voyages include
• Full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) from Norway's Coastal Kitchen
• Norwegian- and English-speaking Coastal Experience Team on board
• Engaging onboard activities and lectures:
• Onboard lectures and presentations on Norway’s history, biology, geography, geology, and culture
• Introductory photo presentation, camera adjustment and tips and tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage
• A welcome event, and daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
• Presentations about the ports we visit
• Presentation of excursion programmes
• Point of interest presentations out on deck
• Captain’s dinner and a farewell event


• International and domestic flights unless otherwise stated
• Passport and visa costs where applicable
• Travel insurance
• Transfers unless otherwise stated
• Optional Excursions
• Pre and Post voyage accommodation
• Beverages on board unless otherwise stated (Premium drinks (top shelf spirits, vintage wines, champagne, etc.)​
• Meals while ashore
• Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
• Some specialist excursions and experiences with limited capacity​
• Fine dining in our Lindstrøm restaurant​
• For those who want to set sail in style for a little bit extra, our Expedition Suites offer a complimentary bottle of champagne, unlimited access to our Lindstrøm fine dining restaurant, laundry and turn-down service and more.

• All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
• Excursions and activities are subject to change
• Please make sure you meet your entry and boarding requirements
British Isles ExpeditionExpedition
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