MS Fridtjof Nansen
11 days

Azores and Madeira – Atlantic Island Exploration

Price from
3228 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fridtjof Nansen
11 days

Azores and Madeira – Atlantic Island Exploration

Price from
3228 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Learn about Portugal’s rich and diverse history with our Expedition Team
  • Explore the lush green volcanic islands of the Azores
  • Discover the charm of Lisbon, Funchal and Porto Santo
  • Enjoy a warm and sunny subtropical climate

This voyage explores the history, culture, and influence of Portugal, from the mainland to its verdant volcanic islands in the Atlantic. Our route offers a mix of cities, villages, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and natural beauty, including gems like Madeira and the isolated, golden beaches of Porto Santo.

Azores and Madeira – Atlantic Island Exploration
  • Day 1
    Lisbon

    Legendary Lisbon

    Estimated time of departure is 8:00 PM

    Built on seven hills along the shores of the River Tejo, Lisbon is a legendary city with centuries of history. Take some time to explore the city and experience world famous sites like the Tower of Belém before embarkation.

    Day 1
    Lisbon

    Legendary Lisbon

  • Day 2-3
    At sea

    Towards Volcanic Beauty

    We sail west towards the volcanic archipelago of the Azores. Our expert lecturers will prepare you for the upcoming visit. Take a little time to chat with your fellow travelers or just enjoy the deep relaxation of being at sea.

    Day 2-3
    At sea

    Towards Volcanic Beauty

  • Day 4
    Ponta Delgada, São Miguel

    The Green Island

    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 island’s capital is the charming university town of Ponta Delgada.

    Day 4
    Ponta Delgada, São Miguel

    The Green Island

  • Day 5
    Horta, Faial

    The Blue Island

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

    Day 5
    Horta, Faial

    The Blue Island

  • Day 6
    Angra do Heroísimo, Terceira

    The Purple Island

    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.

    Day 6
    Angra do Heroísimo, Terceira

    The Purple Island

  • Day 7
    At sea

    Madeira Bound

    Enjoy another idyllic day at sea, taking in the fresh salt air, relaxing with a drink or a book, and scanning for wildlife in the living ocean.

    Day 7
    At sea

    Madeira Bound

  • Day 8
    Funchal, Madeira

    The Garden of the Atlantic

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

    Day 8
    Funchal, Madeira

    The Garden of the Atlantic

  • Day 9
    Porto Santo

    Golden Sand

    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.

    • Included Porto Santo Island Tour
    Day 9
    Porto Santo

    Golden Sand

  • Day 10
    At sea

    Relax and reflect

    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 10
    At sea

    Relax and reflect

  • Day 11
    Lisbon

    Cruising up the Tejo

    Estimated time of arrival is 8:00 AM

    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.

    Day 11
    Lisbon

    Cruising up the Tejo

Departures

  • 2021
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
    30 Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
30 April 2021

Current offers on this cruise:

  • No single supplement

    Solo travellers who prefer their own space while still travelling with others, have the opportunity to save on select voyages departing in 2021. For a limited time, pay no single supplement if you book one of the below expedition cruises. This offer applies to a selection of departures that you can find on each voyage page.
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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

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Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Your ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Shipyard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
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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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