If after two years out of the game, run-of-the-mill travel and cruising experiences aren’t going to cut it for you anymore, chase the spectacular with Hurtigruten Expeditions.
Hurtigruten Expeditions are currently offering 10% off expedition cruises departing in 2022 through to late 2023, leaving from Dover in the United Kingdom. Depending on which cruise you snap up, you could be gazing over the Northern Lights as they dance in the sky above you, basking in the unique midnight sun that casts over Scandinavia, come face-to-face with sweeping fjords, and colourful coastal communities.
If you’ve been waiting for a sign to take the leap and either try a new way to travel, or add another notch to your expedition cruising resume, this sale is it. There’s 11 different cruises to choose from with different emphasis placed on wildlife, history and natural beauty, although expect all three to be rolled into whatever cruise you choose.
You’ll be cruising on MS Maud and your cruise includes your meals, Wi-Fi and an english-speaking expedition team who will take you on landing activities. As well as this, while on-board you’ll experience the true life of a scientific researcher, with full use of the science centre, lectures and discussions hosted by experts, citizen science opportunities to assist with research and personal tips on your photography from an onboard professional photographer.
After days of learning about the earth, you can unwind in the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna and get some exercise in the indoor or outdoor gyms.
If you want a bit more inspiration to make yourself take a chance on adventure, below are some of the stand-out itineraries.
Northern Lights Expedition Cruise from Dover – 14 nights – from $5563
Why let one more year go by without getting to run your eyes over the shining auroras that light up Scandinavian skies every year. This 15-day cruise gives you six days above the Arctic Circle, with jaw-dropping coastal scenery along the way, you can also get your dose of adventure with hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing and dogsledding all on offer
You’ll see the UNESCO-listed wooden wharves and artisanal delights of Bergen, take the Loen Skylift to the top of Mount Hoven and look Europe’s largest glacier, see the fjords of Narvik and plenty more on your pursuit of the dazzling Northern Lights.
British Isles – Picturesque Ports, Isolated Islands and Wonderful Wildlife – 14 nights – from $5727
For a deep dive into the wonders of the British Isles, take this remarkable 15-day journey. You’ll see Northern Ireland’s largest seabird colony among the well-worn cliffs of Rathlin Island, if the weather is right you’ll even get the chance to spend the day among the UNESCO-listed volcanic outcrops of St Kilda, spot dolphins and basking sharks from shore while sipping whisky on Islay, trace the footsteps of vikings through Waterford and Isle of Man and plenty more.
You can expect all sorts of wildlife across your journey, as well as the chance to really sink your teeth into an area with a truly unique history and culture, as well stunning landscapes everywhere you look.
Southern Scandinavia – 14 nights – from $6218
Step off the tourist highway and veer onto the road less travelled with this Southern Scandinavia itinerary, expecting an enriching dose of seaside serenity, marine life and island archipelagos throughout.
You’ll get to visit Oslo, traverse the Kiel Canal, lay your towel on hidden beaches and experience unspoiled Scandinavian nature. You can cycle around the nature reserve and heathland of Sylt, as well as try their famous Sylter Royal oysters, explore the 6000 marine species of Kosterhavet in Sweden, visit seal colonies in Bohuslan and get the privilege to gaze your eyes over the naturally gorgeous city and mountains of Hardangerfjorden.
Christmas Expedition Cruise – 13 nights – from $7273
If you spent last Christmas scrounging for rapid antigen tests and elbow tapping with relatives, then make up for it by making this Christmas an unforgettable one.
You’ll learn Norway’s Christmas traditions while searching for the Northern Lights, explore Norway’s best Christmas markets among the romance of Egersund, then spend Christmas day celebrating nature in Fjaerland, overlooking bright blue lakes and snow-soaked mountains.
There will be plenty more highlights to come including New Year’s Eve celebrations in the spectacular Lofoten islands, trying to spot humpback whales as you cruise through Tromso and visits to well-preserved remote towns of Mosteroy and Klosteroy.
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