(2 p.m. BST) -- Hurtigruten has revealed it will offer a series of expedition sailings from Dover for the first time as part of its Norway 2021/22 programme.
The specialist expedition line will operate 14-day roundtrip voyages from October 2021 to March 2022 on MS Maud, which is currently sailing as Trollfjord, taking passengers deep into the Arctic Circle.
Hurtigruten revealed last week that Trollfjord is one of three ships -- along with Finnmarken and Midnatsol -- set to be transformed in 2021 as part of a major refit. Among the changes, the 646-passenger ship will be renamed and fitted with battery packs to allow the engines to operate using hybrid power.
Hurtigruten's UK MD, Anthony Daniels, 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."
Passengers will get a free shore excursion in every port, such as a visit to North Cape, or more active excursions, including fishing, hiking and Northern Lights safaris at night.
Cruise fares will also include free hire of equipment for excursions, onboard lectures, Wi-Fi, and drinks with meals (house wine or beer) and tea and coffee throughout the day.