A feast of history and culture
Discover the heritage and ways of life in these fascinating islands. Visit vibrant Las Palmas and stunning Funchal, quaint Valverde and elegant Arrecife. Experience an authentic slice of life in La Gomera and Lanzarote before disembarking in Lisbon, Portugal's charming and historic capital.

Rare wildlife among volcanic landscapes
Visit the world's third largest volcano, El Teide, in Tenerife, and explore beautiful hiking trails far from the tourist crowds. As we sail, we‘ll be keeping an eye out for seabirds, dolphins and whales as we go.

Highlights


• Verdant landscapes, UNESCO wonders and island life


Soak up the sights and scenery of Gran Canaria Your expedition cruise begins in Gran Canaria. If you have some extra time, we recommend joining the optional Pre-Programme, which adds an overnight stay and a guided tour that delves into the town’s history and architecture, and the island’s geology. In Las Palmas’ Old Town district, Vegueta, you’ll find brightly coloured colonial houses, narrow streets and the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Ana. The island’s interior, including the massive Bandama Caldera, is a volcanic basin that offers astonishing panoramic views. Back in the city, it’s time to join MS Spitsbergen, meet your Expedition Team and get your adventure under way.
Take in La Gomera's national parks and laurel forests La Gomera is the second-smallest Canary Island, where the nature is largely untamed. Here you’ll find Canarian island life at its most authentic. In the historic centre of San Sebastián, you can visit the Baroque church Iglesia de la Virgen de la Asunción, where Columbus and his crew are said to have prayed before setting sail. You can also visit the Archaeological Museum of La Gomera to learn about the first settlers here. Or why not hike through the beautiful laurel forests and idyllic palm-covered valleys of the mountainous Garajonay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Witness the unique geology of this UNESCO biosphere Remote El Hierro is a shield volcano and classified as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. With lava-sculpted rocks and flower-filled fields, this is truly a remarkable island. Valverde is the only landlocked capital in the Canaries, just over four miles away from Puerto de la Estaca, our port stop for the day. Stroll the streets of this easy-going capital and soak up its traditional atmosphere. Walking is the best way to explore this green island. Why not visit the island's photogenic forests, meadows and volcanic formations, which are connected with criss-crossing trails.
Discover vibrant Santa Cruz Known as La Isla Bonita or ‘The Pretty Island’, La Palma is home to forests of pine and laurel, banana trees and palm groves. Santa Cruz de la Palma, its capital, is considered one of the loveliest towns in the Canary Islands. In Santa Cruz, head to Calle Real, the vibrant main street. Monumental Plaza de España is lined with magnificent Renaissance-era buildings, like the iconic city hall. On Avenida Maritima, look out for traditional wooden balconies lavishly adorned with plants and flowers. Wander around the districts of La Canela and San Telmo and you'll see signs of faded colonial grandeur. Hiking in La Palma is superb, with some walks starting right from Santa Cruz.
Visit historic plazas and El Teide volcano We dock at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island’s capital and the gateway to El Teide. We suggest starting your city sightseeing from Plaza de España. Take in the façades of the old casino and 18th century Palacio de Carta from Plaza de la Candelaria. Then head to the beautiful plazas of Príncipe de Asturias and Los Patos before taking a stroll among the tropical flowers, ferns and hidden sculptures of the beautiful García Sanabria Park. Or why not visit Teide National Park and its centrepiece the colossal El Teide, the world’s third largest volcano. Its landscape of craters, volcanic cones, ancient rocks and streams of petrified lava is truly unforgettable.
See Lanzarote’s charming old town and famous lagoons Just 78 miles off the African coast, Lanzarote’s spartan, desert-like landscape and eroded volcanic formations are a geologist’s dream. We'll start the day in Arrecife, the administrative centre. Once a popular fishing port, Arrecife is now a charming, sun-kissed town. Explore the historic centre’s square, its white fishermen's houses, the 17th century Church of San Ginés and the 18th century Casa de los Arroyo. Farther afield, you can discover stunning Timanfaya National Park or the famous Jameos del Agua lagoons and its long lava tubes.
Unwind and enjoy during a relaxing day at sea You'll spend a leisurely day at sea sailing towards the Madeira Islands. Look out for seabirds and pick up tips on how to take great wildlife images from our onboard photographer. Don't miss our Expedition Team's fascinating lectures on Madeira's history and wildlife, including birds and whales. Learn about important conservation projects, like how the islanders are working to remove invasive plant species from Madeira National Park. Relax in a hot tub, work out in the gym, enjoy a sauna – or simply take in the calming ocean views from the Explorer Lounge & Bar.
Experience Funchal's Old-World charm Enveloped by swathes of humid laurel forest, Madeira rises majestically out of the Atlantic in riotous shades of green. Explore the quaint capital of Funchal before sampling the island's famed fortified wines. Visit the historic district and see the beautiful Funchal Cathedral. Dating back to 1485, its wooden ceiling is a classic example of Manueline architecture. And seek out the sweet ananas-banana fruit that looks like a giant gherkin! For glorious views, take the cable car to the picturesque village of Monte. If you dare, slide the mile back down to Funchal in a carro de cesto, a wicker sled on wooden skis. A truly fun and memorable experience!
Discover history and nature on a small, golden island As we approach Porto Santo, have your binoculars handy to keep an eye out for dolphins and seabirds – including Cory’s Shearwaters, Northern Gannets and Bulwer’s Petrels. In the town of Vila Baleira, why not walk to the palm-lined square, Largo do Pelourinho, and enjoy a glass of vinho do Porto Santo in one of the bars before you visit the Christopher Columbus House Museum. You'll even have the opportunity to help conserve Porto Santo's golden sands on a beach clean-up. Here, you can enjoy a panoramic coach tour to Ponta de Calheta, Pico do Castelo and Fonte da Areia, whose waters are said to guarantee eternal youth. If you prefer a nature walk, join a hike to Pico Branco, where much of the endemic flora on the island can be found.
Enjoy one last relaxing day at sea. As your journey draws to a close, today is all about reflection. Our Expedition Team will be eager to share with you the best moments of the trip and offer the final lectures of the cruise. They’ll recap all the fascinating sights that you’ve seen during your journey. Our resident photographer will often have a slideshow recapping your voyage on this day, there may also be a crew show onboard. You’re bound to find a quiet nook on the ship if you prefer your reflection solo. Now’s the time to edit your photos, update your travel journal, or simply finish reading that book you’ve been meaning to. All the while, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and seabirds as we get closer and closer to the mainland. Enjoy a farewell dinner and speech from the captain. Afterwards, recline in the panoramic Explorer Lounge, drink in hand, and exchange the highlights of your expedition with your new-found friends as we sail to Lisbon.
This morning you’ll sign off your expedition with delightful views of Lisbon as we cruise up the Tejo river. Built on seven hills along the shores of the scenic River Tagus, Lisbon ranks among southern Europe’s most enchanting cities — with a fascinating history to boot. If you have time, explore the old town before you head home. A walk around Baixa, Bairro Alto and Alfama, the classical districts of Lisbon, is essential. Almost everything of historic interest is here and a great number of small shops and boutiques. Start at the Praça do Comercio in the Baixa district and make your way to Praça Rossio to see the statue of King Pedro IV before heading up to Largo do Chiado to explore the narrow streets of Bairro Alto. In Alfama’s labyrinthine streets around the old Islamic quarter you’ll find Lisbon Cathedral, the Roman amphitheatre ruins and the impressive 11th century Moorish fortress with panoramic views of the city. Torre de Belém and Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, are nearby. Closely connected to Portugal’s Age of Discovery and explorers such as Vasco de Gama, Belém is also home to the famously delicious Pastel de Belém custard tart – which you’ll definitely want to try! If you would like to explore Lisbon and its surroundings before you return home, we recommend joining our optional Post-Programme. Not only will you see Lisbon’s fascinating historic districts, you’ll also explore the royal resorts outside the city, including the UNESCO town of Sintra, Monserrate Palace and the beaches of Cascais city during a guided excursion. Afterwards, you’ll return to Lisbon where you’ll spend the night. As you return home, no doubt you’ll already be planning your next adventure. We look forward to welcoming you on board again soon!
Itineraries are subject to change.

Polar Outside. From

$5,422 AUD pp
Polar Outside. From
Our Polar outside cabins are situated mostly on the middle or lower decks and all have bathrooms with shower/WC. Most have double beds, while others offer separate beds (one of which is a sofa bed) or upper berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.

Arctic Superior. From

$6,024 AUD pp
Arctic Superior. From
Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic superior cabins. Situated on both the upper and middle decks, the cabins all have double beds, bathrooms with shower and WC. They are also equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities. All the cabins have individual specifications.

Expedition Suite. From

$7,878 AUD pp
Expedition Suite. From
Our Expedition suites are the most luxurious cabins on the ship. Situated on the upper deck of the ship, the cabins feature seating areas with TV, bathrooms with shower/WC, and all with double beds. Some of the suites have more facilities than others. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.

Polar Outside. From

$5,967 AUD pp
Polar Outside. From
Our Polar outside cabins are situated mostly on the middle or lower decks and all have bathrooms with shower/WC. Most have double beds, while others offer separate beds (one of which is a sofa bed) or upper berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.

Arctic Superior. From

$6,630 AUD pp
Arctic Superior. From
Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic superior cabins. Situated on both the upper and middle decks, the cabins all have double beds, bathrooms with shower and WC. They are also equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities. All the cabins have individual specifications.

Expedition Suite. From

$8,670 AUD pp
Expedition Suite. From
Our Expedition suites are the most luxurious cabins on the ship. Situated on the upper deck of the ship, the cabins feature seating areas with TV, bathrooms with shower/WC, and all with double beds. Some of the suites have more facilities than others. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.

Spitsbergen

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 100 metres

Passenger Capacity: 335

Built / refurbished: 2009 / 2016

MS Spitsbergen is named after the crown jewel of Arctic Norway – the Svalbard archipelago and its biggest island, Spitsbergen. 

After complete reconstruction, MS Spitsbergen joined the Hurtigruten fleet in 2016. The ship features high technical standards as well as comfortable, modern public areas and cabins. The vessel's fresh Scandinavian design reflects a colour palette derived from the sea. She is modern and environmentally progressive, and we plan further improvements that will reduce emissions and fuel consumption even more. The new ship’s maneuverability and optimal size make her quite suitable for exploring polar waters. 

Expedition team on board

MS Spitsbergen has its own on-board Expedition Team and serves as a university at sea. Interesting lectures inside the ship as well as out on the sun deck make this an exciting and educational journey. Topics depend on the season and the waters we sail in. The Expedition Team host a lecture programme and evening gatherings daily. Out on deck you can participate in live points of interest to learn more about the nature, culture and other phenomena we encounter along the coast. In addition, the Expedition Team will introduce you to the uniquely Norwegian notion of `friluftsliv´ (outdoor life), and encourage you take part in `friluftsliv´ hikes and activities during the journey.

Our dedicated Expedition Teams have one mission: to enhance your experience by engaging you and interpreting the nature, wildlife, and culture you encounter during the voyage. Read more about our Expedition Teams here. 

Ship facilities

Expedition Team - Explorer bar - Panoramic lounge – Explorer lounge - Compass Service Centre - Brygga bistro - Shop - Torget main dining - Wi-Fi - Sauna - Fitness room - Lift - Hot tub - Guest launderette - Panoramic deck 8 - Outside bar for events, decks 7 & 8

Cabin layout for Spitsbergen

Inclusions


• Voyage on board in selected cabin category
• All meals while on board
• On board lectures

Exclusions


• 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
Spitsbergen
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$5,422 AUD pp

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