Hurtigruten Expeditions has increased its adventurous Dover 2021 summer sailing programme with the addition of two more sailings to its popular British Isles itinerary – British Isles – Picturesque Ports, Isolated Islands and Wonderful Wildlife.

The two, 15-day itineraries will see guests travel onboard the new MS Maud to stunning destinations in the British Isles including the Isles of Iona, Holyhead, Isles of Scilly, and Fowey. From the Vikings of old Ireland to the quaint port of Fowey and the majestic mountains of the highlands, these longer cruises offer guests the chance to truly get under the skin of the destination with help from Hurtigruten Expeditions’ leading expedition team bringing the nature and culture of the British Isles to life onboard and onshore.

Guests can book their British Isles adventure safe in the knowledge that they have the flexibility to rebook or receive a full refund if it is not possible to travel thanks to Hurtigruten’s Book with Confidence.

The health and safety of guests and staff is the number one priority for Hurtigruten Expeditions. Guests and crew will always adhere to local Government guidance and the company has built on existing protocols to introduce additional practices to ensure safe and enjoyable expedition cruising.

The two extra sailings will join the existing four scheduled MS Maud expedition departures from Dover this summer exploring some of the best and remote locations around the British Isles.  

Anthony Daniels, General Manager at Hurtigruten UK and EMEA, said: “With so many staycation sailings to choose from, we offer something truly different to British travellers who want adventure, excursions and space. We not only have our incredible Expedition Team to bring the places we venture to, to life, but our small expedition ship MS Maud can reach destinations the big white ships cannot get to, whilst still offering plenty of space to relax and dine onboard. We will create a unique perspective of the British Isles coastline that is hard to match and we look forward to welcoming our frequent and new guests onboard.” 

MS Maud – a small, greener, expedition cruise ship 

Taking less than 500 guests, MS Maud will be fresh back into service after a yard stay through lockdown which saw several significant changes to her – not least her name changed from MS Midnatsol to MS Maud. MS Midnatsol, the thoroughbred expedition cruise ship, was already well-known to those who have sailed on Hurtigruten Expeditions’ voyages in Norway and Antarctica.

We have introduced our unique Science Center, which is set to become the beating heart of the all expedition cruises; our restaurants will serve the inspired menu concepts in Aune, Lindstrøm and Fredheim; we have updated the audio-visual systems in the Lecture Hall for a more dramatic AV experience, and lectures can now be streamed to all cabins and suites; we have introduced the onboard expedition shop, and more. Critically, the full tender operation will be available, meaning that the nature landings and small boat cruising, such a feature of expedition cruising, will happen.

Leading the cruise industry in sustainability and environmental standards 

The very latest fuel and environmental advances will be incorporated ‘below decks’ as part of MS Maud’s refurbishment. The ship will be powered with Biofuel, mixed in with Marine gasoil (Hurtigruten does not use Heavy Fuel Oil), to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and sulphur oxides. Furthermore, the Biofuel used will be environmentally certified and made from waste produce from other industries such as fishing, meaning no palm oil used in its production and no negative effects on rainforests. Once in port, where possible, MS Maud will be fitted with shore power connectivity eliminating emissions whilst alongside.

Handpicked Expedition Teams

On all Hurtigruten Expeditions’ cruises, you will encounter a handpicked Expedition Team – a dedicated group of experts that help guests discover and better understand each destination. Experts in marine biology, photography, oceanography and more, the team hosts lectures which delve into the history of locations, and informally brings this knowledge to life by leading activities on adventurous excursions.

Citizen Science

Feed your curiosity in our Science Center, join fun talks, wildlife spotting and experiments with our scientists and Expedition Teams, and help contribute to research through Citizen Science projects around the world. The Science Centre is the heartbeat of MS Maud staffed by Hurtigruten Expeditions’ handpicked Expedition Team and packed with state-of-the-art technology and high-tech gadgets – there is no better place to learn about the remote locations and areas of natural beauty on the itinerary.

For more information about Hurtigruten Expeditions and the Dover departures for summer 2021 visit


British Isles – Picturesque Ports, Isolated Islands and Wonderful Wildlife

Dover – Fishguard – Rathlin Island – Isle of Iona + Staffa – Stornoway – Fort William – Douglas – Holyhead – Isles of Scilly – Fowey – Portland – Dover

Duration: 15 days


Additional sailing dates: 18th July and 27th August 2021

Sailing dates: 4th July and 1st August 2021

Price: Starting from £2,995

Ship: MS Maud


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