Hurtigruten is to sail ex-UK expedition cruises for the first time.
As part of its new Norway Expedition programme, Hurtigruten will operate 14-day voyages from Dover onboard its ship, Maud, between October 2021 and March 2022.
Every day, guests will be offered a free activity to explore the local history, culture and wildlife of the Norwegian coastline.
Maud, previously Trollfjord, was revealed last week as one of three Hurtigruten vessels set to be refit into a hybrid-powered expedition ship.
Included in the cruise fare will be: free equipment hire for excursions; an onboard lecture programme delivered by the expedition team; free Wi-Fi onboard; all meals including drinks with dinner and lunch (either house wine or beer); tea and coffee throughout the day; and access to a range of onboard facilities.
Voyages lead in from £3,299pp with summer sailings for Norway Expedition departing from Hamburg.
Anthony Daniels, Hurtigruten’s UK managing director said: “We are delighted to launch our first-ever season from Dover. This new route offers a truly exceptional way for guests to explore the coast of Norway and experience the northern lights all at the convenience and comfort of a UK departure.
“Not only will we take guests to new highlights, but with an increased presence of expedition team leaders onboard, we will help new and existing guest to become immersed in the rich wildlife and cultural offering of Norway.”
Barbara Buczek, chief commercial officer at the Port of Dover, added: “Hurtigruten’s expedition cruises have an amazing sense of adventure and are a fantastic advocate for green cruising that explores nature at its best.
“We are really excited to be working with Hurtigruten to bring a new winter cruise season to Dover, and to become their first ever UK port of call.”