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.
• 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
16 April, 2021 to 30 April, 2021
The Polar Outside cabins are primarily on the middle decks with windows, most are spacious, have flexible sleeping arrangements and TV for excellent and high standard accommodation. Can accommodate two to four passengers.
Arctic Superior class cabins are comfortable and roomy accommodation and most have balconies. Flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa beds, TV and other features make this one of our most popular categories. Our Arctic Superior concept includes a kettle, tea and coffee. Can accommodate two to four passengers.
These suites are large, well-appointed cabins with expansive windows and most have balconies. Some have a private outdoor hot tub. The suites feature flexible sleeping arrangements with comfortable sofas, sitting areas and TV. They can accomodate up to four people.
Expedition suites are exclusively in upper and mid-deck locations. Our Expedition Suite concept includes a bathrobe, espresso maker, and more. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.
Vessel Type: Expedition
Length: 140 m
Passenger Capacity: 530
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. Featuring Hurtigruten's revolutionary battery hybrid powered propulsion system, MS Fridtjof Nansen will be a near identical twin to her sister ship MS Roald Amundsen. Combining state of the art technology and premium on board experience with Hurtigruten’s 125 years of experience and unparalleled destinations, the two Norwegian built ships introduces the next generation of adventure travel.
Cabins and public areas
The stunning scenery will be reflected in a rich and comfortable interior design. Scandinavian materials from nature, such as granite, oak, birch and wool will be used to create relaxed and stylish cabins and public areas. All cabins are outside, 50 % will have private balconies, aft suites will feature private outdoor hot tubs with spectacular views.
The core of the onboard experience is the Nansen Science Center, an edutainment venue to guests and crew meet to create a deeper understanding of the areas we explore. Nansen Science Center will also be the on board HQ for the Expedition Team.
MS Fridtjof Nansen's three restaurants will host a variety of dining options, with menus drawn from our rich Norwegian and Nordic tradition, as well as international cuisine and local inspiration. Whether enjoying your meal at Aune Main Dining, Fredheim – the informal international meeting place, or the specialty restaurant Lindstrøm, you will indulge in low key yet refined, modern Norwegian Nordic cooking – where our honest and delicious cuisine reflects our destinations.
After a day of exploring new destinations, guests can relax and rejuvenate in the elegant Explorer Lounge, a large gym and Wellness center, or enjoy the scenery and sunsets on the massive in- and outdoor Observation Decks with the aft infinity pool and hot tubs as one of the highlights.
Everything you need for an expedition cruise
Each expedition voyage is accompanied by a hand-picked team of specialists and modern-day explorers. Highly experienced, passionate and knowledgeable, the Expedition Team will be your guides and guardians on your voyage of exploration, instructing you on safety, sustainability and science. MS Fridtjof Nansen will feature a variety of custom built expedition equipment, including kayaks, a fleet of Blueye underwater drones and Expedition Boats for safe landings in remote areas.
In the footsteps of a great explorer
The newest addition to our fleet will honor the heritage of her namesake – the Norwegian explorer, scientist, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Fridtjof Nansen. Known for his innovations in Arctic expeditions, Nansen led the first crossing of Greenland on cross-country skis. He is perhaps most famous for his attempt to reach the geographical North Pole during the Fram Expedition (1893-1896). Interestingly, after Nansen's Fram expedition, the ship was passed on to another great explorer who secretly planned an expedition to the South Pole - Roald Amundsen.
• Voyage on board in selected cabin category
• All meals while on board
• On board lectures
• International and domestic flights unless otherwise stated
• Passport and visa costs where applicable
• Travel insurance
• Transfers unless otherwise stated
• Optional Excursions
• Pre and Post voyage accommodation
• Beverages on board unless otherwise stated
• Meals while ashore