Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores – Atlantic Island Exploration
No single supplement
MS Fridtjof Nansen
15 days

Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores – Atlantic Island Exploration

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£ 2795
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • No single supplement

    An expedition on one of our small-scale, nimble expedition ships makes for a sociable holiday with like-minded travellers. Solo travellers who prefer their own space while still travelling with others, have the opportunity to save on select voyages departing in 2020. For a limited time, pay no single supplement if you book one of the below expedition cruises.
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Departure
16 April 2021
  • Explore the lush green volcanic islands of the Azores and the Canary Islands
  • Learn about the varied history of these archipelagos with our Expedition Team
  • See the islands come alive in spring when many species of flora come into bloom
  • Enjoy a warm and sunny subtropical climate

Itinerary

Explore the natural beauty of the Canary Islands, the Azores and Madeira on an unforgettable expedition cruise. Sailing from exotic Cape Verde, discover highlights like stunning La Palma, the remote beaches of Porto Santo and the verdant landscape of the Azores. Our expert Expedition Team will share their knowledge and lead the way as we explore a marvelous mix of cities, islands and natural wonders.
Day 1-2
Palmeira, Cape Verde
The adventure begins
Character at every turn in Palmeira.
Character at every turn in Palmeira.
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The adventure begins with an overnight in port at exotic Palmeira in Cape Verde. At midday the next day, our expedition ship sets sail towards the famed Canary Islands.

Character at every turn in Palmeira.
Character at every turn in Palmeira.
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Find your favourite lane in laid-back Cape Verde.
Find your favourite lane in laid-back Cape Verde.
Photo: shutterstock
Ask our experts for photo tips.
Ask our experts for photo tips.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Relax and enjoy time on the ship.
Relax and enjoy time on the ship.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Day 3-4
At Sea
Towards Volcanic Beauty
Ask our experts for photo tips.
Ask our experts for photo tips.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

While you relax at sea and enjoy all the amenities of our expedition ship, the experts on our Expedition Team will prepare you for the adventures to come with a series of fascinating lectures.

The port at Santa Cruz de Palma.
Day 5
Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands
Isla Bonita
Day 5
Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands
Isla Bonita
The port at Santa Cruz de Palma.
The port at Santa Cruz de Palma.
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La Palma is known to the Spanish as “Isla bonita” (the pretty island) because of its incredible landscapes. The Island was in 2002 declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

Enjoy strolling through the lovely old town in the island´s capital, filled with maritime atmosphere or discover some of La Palma’s hiking trails, welcoming beaches or prehistoric forest.  

Vibrant lanes and flowers abound.
Vibrant lanes and flowers abound.
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Enjoy the best of the Isla Bonita.
Enjoy the best of the Isla Bonita.
Photo: shutterstock
Welcome to Funchal.
Welcome to Funchal.
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Discover hidden gems.
Discover hidden gems.
Photo: shutterstock
Quaint villages dot the coast.
Quaint villages dot the coast.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 6-7
Funchal, Madeira
The Garden of the Atlantic
Discover hidden gems.
Discover hidden gems.
Photo: shutterstock

We arrive in Funchal in the evening and will stay overnight to enjoy a full day in port.

Funchal is a modern, cosmopolitan city that offers inviting cafés, interesting shops, cobblestone streets and a magnificent natural setting.

Day 8
Porto Santo
Golden Sand
Golden sands at Porto Santo.
Golden sands at Porto Santo.
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Enjoy a visit to the golden beaches of Porto Santo. The rugged interior of Porto Santo is perfect for exciting excursions, and has much to offer history buffs.  After all, a little-known explorer named Christopher Columbus made his home on the island´s capital: Vila Baleira.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Porto Santo Island Tour
    Your comfortable coach will take you to Portela, which overlooks the golden beach and the small town of Vila Baleira below.
Golden sands at Porto Santo.
Golden sands at Porto Santo.
Photo: shutterstock
Explore the dramatic terrain.
Explore the dramatic terrain.
Photo: shutterstock
Indulge in the onboard amenities.
Indulge in the onboard amenities.
Photo: Oscar Farrera
The lounges are a great place to share photos.
The lounges are a great place to share photos.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Day 9
At sea
Indulge in the onboard amenities.
Indulge in the onboard amenities.
Photo: Oscar Farrera

The day is yours. Relax on deck or indoors, learn more from our lecture series, and compare impressions with your fellow explorers as we sail towards the Azores.

Day 10
Angra do Heroísimo, Terceira
The Purple Island
Charming Angra welcomes you.
Charming Angra welcomes you.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Visit lovely and historic Angra do Heroísmo on Terceira Island. Angra was founded in the 15th century, prospering from its location as an ideal trading port.

Charming Angra welcomes you.
Charming Angra welcomes you.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
The island´s long history of seafaring is evident everywhere.
The island´s long history of seafaring is evident everywhere.
Photo: shutterstock
Experience the deep blue waters of Faial.
Experience the deep blue waters of Faial.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Explore unforgettable natural beauty.
Explore unforgettable natural beauty.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 11
Horta, Faial
The Blue Island
Experience the deep blue waters of Faial.
Experience the deep blue waters of Faial.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Colours on this island are not confined to green vegetation, blue sea and white houses. The breakwater is covered in murals and paintings, thanks to a local tradition that holds that good luck will follow sailors who leave their mark here before setting off across the Atlantic.

Breathtaking natural beauty on the island.
Day 12
Ponta Delgada, São Miguel
The Green Island
Day 12
Ponta Delgada, São Miguel
The Green Island
Breathtaking natural beauty on the island.
Breathtaking natural beauty on the island Sao Miguel.
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Known as the “green island”, São Miguel is the largest of the nine islands, studded with lakes and rolling hills, mountains and green plains. The capital is the charming university town of Ponta Delgada.

Get to know Ponta Delgada.
Get to know Ponta Delgada.
Photo: shutterstock
Wander the charming streets of the capital.
Wander the charming streets of the capital.
Photo: shutterstock
The Science Center is the ship´s hub of learning.
The Science Center is the ship´s hub of learning.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Get to know your fellow explorers in a friendly atmosphere.
Get to know your fellow explorers in a friendly atmosphere.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Day 13-14
At sea
Relax and Reflect
The Science Center is the ship´s hub of learning.
The Science Center is the ship´s hub of learning.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

We sail for Portugal´s mainland. Our lecturers will have many interesting presentations to put your trip in perspective. Enjoy a final chance to relax and reflect with new friends about the adventures of the past weeks.

Day 15
Lisbon
Cruising Up the Tejo
Visit the famed Tower of Belem in Lisbon.
Visit the famed Tower of Belem in Lisbon.
Photo: shutterstock

Early risers will be rewarded with a lovely view of Lisbon as we cruise up the Tejo river, ending our journey in the capital of Portugal.

Visit the famed Tower of Belem in Lisbon.
Visit the famed Tower of Belem in Lisbon.
Photo: shutterstock
Ride the tram to see the best of the city.
Ride the tram to see the best of the city.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • A la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s, hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
  • Loan of trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Notes

A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background
Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Your ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Ship yard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships – and the next generation expedition ship. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

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Suite MD on MS Roald Amundsen
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Optional excursions

Some expedition cruises include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.

Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.

A body of water with Porto Santo Island in the background A body of water with Porto Santo Island in the background

Porto Santo Island Tour Included

Duration

5h

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-PXO1

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Extend your cruise

Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.

Sand beach at the island Sal, Cape Verde Sand beach at the island Sal, Cape Verde

Cape Verde: Pre-Programme Sal

Duration

3 Days

From

£ 478

Booking code

SALPRE

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