From Hamburg to Lisbon - Europe´s Atlantic Highlights

From Hamburg to Lisbon - Europe´s Atlantic Highlights

From Hamburg to Lisbon - Europe´s Atlantic Highlights

From Hamburg to Lisbon - Europe´s Atlantic Highlights

Travel information 14 Days MS Fridtjof Nansen
10 April 2022
Price from
4083 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Sail the Atlantic coast from Hamburg to Lisbon, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and discover the rich history and culture of Brittany, the Basque Country, and Galicia. On this 14-day adventure, you’ll discover spectacular scenery, fascinating maritime history, rich culture, and the gastronomical delights of coastal gems in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Spain and Portugal. 

Canal cities 

From the moment we set sail from Hamburg – sometimes called Germany’s ‘Venice of the North’ – you’ll be on a deep-dive journey into European history. In the port of Harlingen, you’ll discover the more rugged, Dutch charm of Friesland, with pretty canals set in nature. From there we’ll sail to Normandy, and walk on a beach where the Allied troops landed on D-Day. We’ll also visit Caen, the medieval town where William the Conqueror left his indelible mark. 

Brittany ports 

In Brittany, you’ll stroll through the incredible walled city of Saint-Malo, built by the ancient Gauls but for centuries a home for pirates. We will then continue along Brittany’s wild coastal landscapes to explore picturesque fishing villages, charming medieval towns and the rich maritime history of the Breton people. Next in the horizon will be Ile d’Aix and grand Bordeaux, City of Wine.  

Iberian charm 

Leaving behind the waters of the Bay of Biscay, you will delight in the gastronomy of San Sebastian, discover Old Gijón, and see the unique port city of Ferrol. In Galicia, where many paths lead towards Santiago de Compostela, you’ll visit historical landmarks from the time of the Romans to the Crusades. From Spain, we sail south to beautiful Porto and explore its UNESCO-listed historic centre. Our cruise of discovery comes to an end in culture-saturated Lisbon, the jewel in Portugal’s crown.  

From Hamburg to Lisbon - Europe´s Atlantic Highlights From Hamburg to Lisbon - Europe´s Atlantic Highlights
  • Day 1
    Hamburg, Germany

    Venice of the North

    Your expedition cruise starts in Hamburg – and what a great place it is to set off from. The second-largest city in Germany is one of the greenest urban areas in Europe, boasting parks, botanical gardens and nature reserves.  

    Often called the ‘Venice of the North’, you can enjoy a boat tour to explore the city’s canals and harbour front. You can also easily explore on foot, by bike or by hop-on, hop-off bus. 

    Visit the old floating dock of Landungsbrücken, see the old ships and yards, waterfront buildings, and the Old Elbe Tunnel. Climb the 433 ft. bell tower of the famous St. Michael’s Church for stunning views over the city. 

    Many places of interest are concentrated in the Altstadt or Old Town. Visit St. Catherine’s Church and the St. Nikolai Memorial. Discover the timber-framed houses of Deichstraße Historic Street and see the impressive City Hall on Rathausmarkt Square. 

    The world’s largest warehouse complex at Kontorhausviertel and Speicherstadt, which together with Chilehaus, are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. If you must choose just one museum to visit, Hamburg Kunsthalle ranks as the nation’s best art museum. You can break up the sightseeing with some browsing on Mönckebergstraße, or stop for some traditional Hamburger fare like aalsuppe, a ham soup with dried fruits, or labskaus, corned beef with potato and pickles. 

    Later, your comfortable expedition ship MS Fridtjof Nansen will be waiting for you at the port. Find your cabin and attend a mandatory safety demonstration as we prepare for the journey ahead. After a welcome dinner, where the Captain will toast our journey, you can sink into an armchair in the Explorer Lounge & Bar with a glass of your favourite beverage and relax – your expedition is underway! 


    If you have time before you embark, spend some of it getting to know Hamburg! It’s definitely worth it. We recommend booking our optional Pre-Programme, which includes a city tour that will take you to see all the main sights of this modern yet historic place. Also included is a visit to the amazing Elbphilharmonie concert hall’s observation deck. 

    Day 1
    Hamburg, Germany

    Venice of the North

  • Day 2
    Harlingen, The Netherlands

    One of Friesland’s 11 Cities

    Harlingen is one of the 11 cities of Friesland. Its harbour was the only seagoing port in Friesland and the area has a strong nautical heritage: fishing, trade, and whaling. Nowadays, Harlingen is the busiest port in the north of the Netherlands. 

    Harlingen is a city of canals, warehouses and pretty harbours, located on the southern shore of the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage area. It’s perfect for walking, but this is the Netherlands, so why not rent a bike and cycle around? You can also easily rent a boat to explore the canals, harbours and local villages for yourself. 

    In the Old Town, you can visit the 18th century City Hall, Hannemahuis Museum, Blauwe Hand - the city’s oldest warehouse, and St Michael’s Church. Look out for landmarks like the old Lighthouse, which is now a hotel; the statue of Anton Wachter, a character in the novel series by local writer Simon Vestdijk; and 46 Stumbling Stones, a memorial to the 46 local Jewish residents murdered by the Nazis. 

    Explore the old harbours of Noorderhaven and Zuiderhaven, where you’ll see historic warehouses and a fleet of traditional sailing ships. Out by Zuider Pier, look out for the life-sized sculpture of a sperm whale, which spouts a powerful stream of water into the air at regular intervals. 

    The 16th century Arctic explorer, William Barents, was born on the nearby island of Terchelling. The reproduction of his expedition ship is a must-see for anybody interested in Arctic exploration. 

    The Harlingen Aardewerk Museum will delight those interested in Frisian pottery. Harlingen is home to the last traditional pottery factory in the Netherlands, still using the original majolica technique, entirely handmade and painted with tin glaze. This style has been used since 1598, and the local tiles and ceramics make for wonderfully original souvenirs. 

    Day 2
    Harlingen, The Netherlands

    One of Friesland’s 11 Cities

  • Day 3
    Sea day

    Cruising the Channel

    Enjoy the day on board relaxing on deck, in the Explorer Lounge or in the Science Center, while we navigate the waters of the channel that separate continental Europe from the British Isles. 

    While the British call it the English Channel, it’s more commonly known on the continent as La Manche, or derivations of that. The Dutch may have the most diplomatic name for it… they simply call it Het Kanaal - the Channel. 

    Whatever the name, a quarter of the world's maritime trade navigates through this passage. If you want to learn more, our expert Expedition Team will tell you everything you want to know about the Channel.  

    Day 3
    Sea day

    Cruising the Channel

  • Day 4
    Ouistreham, France

    D-Day landings and battlefields

    With a rich and turbulent past, Normandy is a region inextricably tied up with European history. From the Viking Rollo’s arrival in 911, to being the seat of the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror in 1066, and the D-Day landings in 1944, Normandy is a captivating mix of medieval abbeys, sprawling beaches and moving WW2 memorials.  

    Ouistreham is known for its D-Day landing sites in connection with Operation Overlord. A 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast was sectioned into five areas, with Ouistreham codenamed Sword. The invasion here was the responsibility of the British Army, with backup from the navies of Norway and Poland. Learn more about the landings and the heavy battle that was fought here at the Musée de Debarquement No 4 Commando. 

    Visit the extensive German fortifications at the restored Grand Bunker Mur de l’Atlantique Musée, dedicated to the Atlantic Wall, and pay tribute to the fallen at the war cemetery of Hermanville-sur-Mer, three miles west of Ouistreham. Afterwards, stroll along the beautiful Riva-Bella beach and feel the salty Atlantic breeze. You might also enjoy a visit to the nearby 12th century church of St Samson and the 1905 lighthouse.  

    Located 11 miles from Ouistreham, Caen was named Catumagos by the Romans after a Celtic term for battlefields. Fortified by William the Conqueror, who preferred it to Rouen, the city changed hands repeatedly and was occupied several times. Despite being heavily bombed during WW2, Caen was rebuilt and has retained its considerable charm. Don’t miss the impressive 11th century Romanesque church of Saint-Étienne. 

    Stroll the pleasant streets and take in the small shops, pavement cafés, green parks and restaurants. If you appreciate fine art, you’ll enjoy the Musée des Beaux-Arts housed in the remains of the Château de Caen. 

    Day 4
    Ouistreham, France

    D-Day landings and battlefields

  • Day 5
    Saint Malo, France

    Into the Corsairs’ lair

    The gateway to Brittany, Saint Malo from the sea is a quite a sight, fringed by impenetrable bastions and shallow beaches. Saint Malo considered itself an independent city state for much of its modern history, and its residents refer to themselves as malouins, separate from the French and even the Bretons. 

    Whatever you do today, make sure you include a circular walk of the ramparts on your schedule. From atop the city walls, you’ll get the best views of the walled city and surrounding islands! See tributes to Saint Malo’s most celebrated locals…a statue of Robert Surcouf, the famous pirate, and a monument to Jacques Cartier, the maritime explorer, credited with mapping the Gulf of St Lawrence and naming Canada. 

    The corsairs of Brittany were ruthless privateers operating under the protection of the king of France. Back home in Saint Malo, they built fine country homes and were treated as respectable gentlemen. Tour the Château Saint Malo museum and visit the Privateers House, where you can learn about the city’s pirate heritage.  

    At low tide, you can walk across the sand to the island of Le Grand-Bé, where local writer Chateaubriand is buried, and see across to the Vauban-designed bastion of Fort National on a nearby island. 

    Within the city walls, follow a historical trail through the maze of charming, cobbled streets and discover what remains of the original St Malo before the Allied bombings of 1944. Visit the gothic St Vincent Cathedral and the Chateau de la Duchesse Anne, with its distinctive turret. 

    You can also enjoy a scenic walk to the nearby village of Aleth, where you can discover more about Saint Malo’s history during the Second World War at the Cap-Horniers Museum. 

    Day 5
    Saint Malo, France

    Into the Corsairs’ lair

  • Day 6
    Douarnenez, France

    Finistère, the Land’s End of Brittany

    The coastal landscape of Douarnenez inspired painters like Renoir and Boudin. This picturesque seaside town, known for its sardine fishing, has sandy beaches, steep cliffs, colourful quaysides and four harbours. Finistère, the Land’s End of France, is proudly Breton. Be sure to try some galettes, filled buckwheat pancakes, and the famous Kouign-Amann, a buttery, savoury pastry, both specialties of Breton. 

    In Dourarnenez, the fishermen’s huts and seaman chapels of St Helene and St Michel are reminders of the town’s bygone fishing boom of the 19th century. The maritime museum of Port-Rhu houses boats from around the world, including tall ships, an Irish currach and a Cornish steam tug. Outside town, relax on fine sand beaches or take in the dramatic scenery of Douarnenez Bay along the GR-34 coastal path. 

    Douarnenez sits in an open bay and can at times be exposed to swell making landing difficult. Its harbour is also occasionally used by the French Navy for drills. In either eventuality, we have plans in place to land at Brest, a little further north. From Brest, you’ll still have access to the same highlights and excursion programme. 

    With its strong naval history, Brest is a fascinating maritime city, and home to the National Naval Museum. It sits inside the military fortress, Chateau de Brest, still used by the navy today. Brest has many medieval fortifications, notably the Tour Tanguy tower. 

    Brest is also a modern city, with lively quays and docks. Take a scenic stroll along the harbour and the River Penfeld, or walk along the Cours Dajot where you can see the whole ‘Rade de Brest’ bay. A cable car ride across the river offers a great vantage point of Brest and the modern vertical-lift Recouvrance Bridge. 

    Day 6
    Douarnenez, France

    Finistère, the Land’s End of Brittany

  • Day 7
    Morbihan, France

    Best of Brittany

    Jutting out into the Atlantic, Brittany sits on a peninsula with a jagged coastline, marked by countless cliffs, bays, coves, islands and islets. Breton culture is distinct from French culture, with its own language, food and traditions. We’ll spend today exploring the region of Morbihan, encompassing Belle Île, Quiberon Bay, and the Gulf of Morbihan. The area offers some of Brittany’s finest natural scenery and most famous sights.  

    We may anchor at Port Haliguen on the tip of Quiberon Bay, from where you can explore the local area or join optional excursions to historical sights. If we anchor at Belle Île, you’ll first encounter its formidable 17th century fortress, Citadelle Vauban, in the charming port of Le Palais. Enjoy the bustling activity around the docks and lock, and stroll through its historic centre. 

    Beyond the port, see ancient forts and lighthouses perched on craggy cliffs. Relax on beautiful Donnant beach or visit colourful Sauzon, La Pointe des Poulains, former home of Sarah Bernhardt, and Les Aiguilles de Port Coton, famously painted by Claude Monet. 

    Morbihan has a fascinating history and culture. Its successive occupation by the Romans, Celts, French and the Bretons each left its mark. Among the many highlights of Morbihan are the medieval city of Vannes and the Carnac Stones, that rival Stonehenge. 

    The walled city of Vannes has a well-preserved historical centre packed with half-timbered houses and medieval churches, notably Cathedral of St Pierre, La Cohue and Château Gaillard. Around Carnac and Locmariaquer, is one of the most impressive megalithic areas in Europe. Here, you’ll find ancient stone circles, carved dolmens, burial mounds, and hundreds of menhirs, lined in rows. 

    The area also attracts hikers, keen to brace the spectacular landscapes of the Côte Sauvage, along cliffs, pierced by wonderful caves, arches and tunnels. Others prefer the less exposed trails along the GR340 on Belle Île, where you can enjoy incredible coastal scenery. 

    Day 7
    Morbihan, France

    Best of Brittany

  • Day 8
    Ile d’Aix, France

    Fit for an Emperor

    At 3km long and 500m wide, it’s impossible to get lost on Ile d’Aix. While the island is small, its location in the Pertuis d'Antioch strait, at the approach to the cities of La Rochelle and Rochefort, made it strategically important. 

    Ile d’Aix is filled with fortifications, castles, and batteries from all the wars than France has fought in, from the Middle Ages to the Second World War… so there’s plenty to see! And it can all be done on foot or by bike. Explore the island at your leisure, along the paths, past quaint houses painted with multi-coloured shutters. 

    As you explore, you’ll discover a Vauban-style fort village, the charming centre of Le Bourg, vestiges of a priory, lighthouses, the fortresses of Liédot and La Rade, and the Napoleonic Museum, housing objects connected to the Emperor’s stay on the island before being exiled to Saint Helena. Look to the sea for Fort Boyard that resembles a stone ship, now famous as a game show location. 

    Away from military history, you’ll find tranquillity on the island’s five white sand beaches. Enjoy the views from Saint Catherine Point, Saint Eulard Point, the Pointe du Parc, and the headland of Coudepont. And if it is birds that you’re after, 200 species can be spotted on the island. 

    Day 8
    Ile d’Aix, France

    Fit for an Emperor

  • Day 9
    Bordeaux, France

    Wine, history and culture

    Welcome to the City of Wine! Bordeaux has been exporting wine since antiquity. Founded by Celts, enriched by the Romans, raided by Vikings, ruled by the British and rebuilt by the French, Bordeaux is the eighth biggest city in France and its Old City is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, with 350 listed monuments and churches. 

    Wine is the soul of Bordeaux and with over 8,500 chateaux and producers in the region, it’s not hard to find. You’ll discover vineyards and wineries just a short tram ride from the centre. Taste and compare some of the 60 appellations, from the stellar Red Bordeaux Supérieur to sweet Sauternes. 

    Stand in front of the Place de la Bourse and admire the effect of the famous water mirror, as the grandeur of the finest 18th century French architecture is reflected back at you in the Miroir d’Eau. Tour the Grand Theatre, the Esplanade des Quinconces, the Monument of the Girondins, the Quartier des Chartrons and the Place du Parlement. 

    The 18th century Neoclassical movement almost erased the history of Bordeaux, but there remain several impressive examples of the French Gothic style. Visit the beautiful Cathedral de St André, Porte Cailhau, and the lively quartier de Saint-Michel, built around the flamboyantly Gothic Basilique St Michel. 

    The museums here should not be missed. Learn about the history of wine at the Cité du Vin. Art lovers will enjoy the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. And for a deep dive into the region’s history, head for Musée d’Aquitaine. 

    Day 9
    Bordeaux, France

    Wine, history and culture

  • Day 10
    San Sebastián (Pasaia), Spain

    The Basque Country

    San Sebastián may not the biggest, oldest or most important city in northern Spain, but it’s the most beautiful coastal town! You’ll be transfixed by the tranquil bay, the golden, crescent-shaped beach of La Concha, the verdant island of Santa Clara and hills of Igueldo and Urgull, and the lively Old Town, Parte Vieja. 

    Start at the foot of Monte Urgull to explore the historic district of Parte Vieja. Be sure to stop at the Gothic Church of San Vicente, the Baroque facade of Santa Maria, the beautiful squares of La Constitucion and Sarriegi, the Teatro Principal, the Basque museum of San Telmo, and the Mercado de la Brecha. 

    It’s a steep climb up to the fortifications of Monte Urgull but worth it for the fantastic views of the bay. Afterwards, take a well-earned rest with a refreshment on the terrace of one of the many cafés on Boulevard Zumardia. Revitalised, you can enjoy a stroll around the new town, stopping at City Hall, Teatro Victoria Eugenia, the Neo-gothic cathedral of Buen Pastor, and Plaza de Gipuzkoa. 

    From Avenida de la Libertad, a grand boulevard of historic buildings, you can walk east towards the spectacular glass structures of the Kursaal Congress Hall. Walk west and you’ll hit the popular Playa de la Concha, where you can people-watch along the beach promenade. Further along at Playa de Ondarreta, you can take the cable car up to Monte Igueldo for more spectacular views. 

    Before returning to the ship, you might have the opportunity to try the traditional Basque cuisine. San Sebastián is a celebrated foodie destination, famous for its pintxos, small bites bursting with flavour. Hop from one bar to another, ordering their best plates before moving on to the next. 

    Day 10
    San Sebastián (Pasaia), Spain

    The Basque Country

  • Day 11
    Gijón, Spain

    Cultural centre of Asturias

    Gijón enjoys a prime position along the Bay of Biscay, with access to the Cantabrian mountains and the sea. It developed from a small fishing village settled by the Romans over 2,000 years ago to become an important port city in the 19th century, serving nearby Oviedo, capital of the Asturias. 

    Absorb the atmosphere of old Gijón on a stroll through the charming districts of Cimadevilla and Barrio del Carmen. The hilly peninsula of Cimadevilla is Gijón’s historic centre, an ancient fishing village with narrow alleys, charming squares and old houses full of character. 

    Here in the Old Quarter, you can explore the Baroque Revillagigedo Palace, the Collegiate of San Bautista, beautiful churches and the Plaza del Marques. Hike to the summit of Cerro Santa Catalina, dominated by the concrete sculpture by Eduardo Chillida, to enjoy the best views of Gijón. 

    Relax on the long stretch of golden sand on Playa de San Lorenzo, one of the most beautiful urban beaches in Spain. You can enjoy a spectacular coastal walk that follows the cliffs up to Mirador de la Providencia, walk a stage of the Camino del Norte, or for a gentler stroll, follow the River Piles inland. 

    If you’re in the mood for a gastronomic adventure, then indulge in the culinary delights of the Asturias in Barrio del Carmen. Try freshly caught fish, either grilled or baked, accompanied by a glass of delicious local cider. Or sample Asturian delicacies such as arroz marinero, seafood rice, or calderetas, tasty stews made from fish, seafood or meat. 

    Day 11
    Gijón, Spain

    Cultural centre of Asturias

  • Day 12
    Ferrol, Spain

    The ‘English Way’ to Santiago

    Our next stop is Ferrol on the rugged coast of Galicia. Originally a small fishing hamlet, it has been Spain’s main naval base for almost three centuries, due to its excellent strategic location. No other harbour in Spain has as many forts, citadels or barracks. Ferrol is one of the best-preserved examples of an 18th century port city and is being considered for inclusion as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

    The architectural highlight is the neoclassical design of the Barrio de la Magdalena, with symmetrical buildings arranged in a chessboard grid of streets, surrounded by 18th and 19th century military buildings around the harbour. In this neighbourhood, you’ll also find Art Nouveau buildings, street art, seamen’s chapels, Maritime Museums, and typical Galician gallery facades. Contrast this with Ferrol Vello, Old Ferrol, its narrow streets and alleys more reminiscent of the Middle Ages. 

    Costa de Artabra, to the northwest of Ferrol with its cliffs, headlands and bays, is one of Galicia’s most spectacular coastal landscapes and an excellent option for a day of exploration. The beaches of Playa de los Doniños and Playa de San Xurxo are just a short drive away. Try Galicia’s delicious seafood, the most famous of which is pulpo á feira, octopus with potatoes and paprika. 

    One of several pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela, Camino Ingles, also known as the English Way, starts at Ferrol. You can walk the first stage from Ferrol to Neda or Pontedeume, or you can cheat a little and join an optional excursion direct to Santiago de Compostela, about an hour’s drive away. Discover this beautiful city and cultural highlight, the most important Catholic pilgrimage site after Rome and Jerusalem.

    Day 12
    Ferrol, Spain

    The ‘English Way’ to Santiago

  • Day 13
    Llençois (Porto), Portugal

    The City of Port Wine

    Our ship will dock at Porto de Leixoes, an excellent base for exploring. You can head north towards the small fortification of Forte Leça de Palmeira and continue along the beach to Avenida Liberdade. Or you can visit the Lighthouse of Leça, the Chapel of Boa Nova and the beautiful beach of Praia Azul. 

    Famous for its port wine and UNESCO-listed historic centre, Porto will win you over with its charismatic past and surprise you with its modernity. It’s a city made for strolling, a maze of narrow streets and unique monuments, where everything eventually leads to the Douro River. 

    Not to be missed are the Romanesque Cathedral, the Church of San Francisco with its opulently gilded Baroque interior, and the panoramic views from the top of the Church of the Clérigos. You can lose yourself in books among the magical neo-Gothic interiors of the beautiful Lello bookstore, discover the Palacio de la Bolsa and stroll along Avenida de los Aliados. 

    Or soak up the atmosphere as you explore the bustling riverside promenade of the Ribeira Docks, packed tight with pastel houses and beautiful tiled facades. Cross the Douro via the top deck of the Eiffel-inspired Ponte de Dom Luís I bridge, see the warehouses and port cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia on the south bank, and cross the bridge again, this time along the lower walkway. 

    Afterwards, you might reward yourself with a refreshing white port and tonic at one of the many lively bars and restaurants on the pier. If you’ve built up an appetite, try some Porto delicacies, like francesinha, a popular grilled sandwich of meats and cheese, bacalhau, locally cured salt cod, or dishes made with tripe. 

    Day 13
    Llençois (Porto), Portugal

    The City of Port Wine

  • Day 14
    Lisbon, Portugal

    Legendary Lisbon

    Our expedition cruise ends at Lisbon, a city well worth exploring before returning home. 

    Located close to the Old Town, Lisbon Cruise Terminal is perfectly situated for you to explore the historical centre of the Portuguese capital on foot. 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. 

    The Phoenicians were the first to discover the commercial potential of the Tagus Estuary, but not the last. Lisbon’s great strategic location attracted the Celts, Romans, Visigoths, and Moors, each of whom occupied the city and left their mark. 

    A walk around Baixa, Bairro Alto, and Alfama, the classical districts of Lisbon, is essential. Almost everything of historic interest is here, as well as 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 and the remains of the Roman amphitheatre. You’ll get the best views of the city from Castelo de San Jorge, the impressive 11th century Moorish fortress. 

    There are two historical gems you must leave the centre to see. Follow the river just over four miles downstream and visit Torre de Belém and Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 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!  

    We feel sure that you’ll have had a great cruise discovering the fascinating history of the Atlantic coastline of Europe, but you don’t need to go home just yet. If you’d 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 resort towns outside the city. During a guided excursion, you’ll visit the beaches of Cascais city, as well as the UNESCO town of Sintra, where you can wander around Monserrate Palace. 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! 

    Day 14
    Lisbon, Portugal

    Legendary Lisbon



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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 
  • À 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 activities 

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 program 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 

Landing Activities 

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats  
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings  

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  


  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities expected
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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 528 (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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