Atlantic Island Exploration - Northbound

Casablanca, Mid-Atlantic Islands, Canary Islands and Morocco

Join us for a journey that offers an exciting mix of small cities with fascinating history, charming villages, and places of spectacular natural beauty, all with the guidance of our knowledgeable Expedition team. Sailing from legendary Casablanca, this is an unforgettable voyage that includes stops in rarely visited and exotic Atlantic islands.

  • Visit the volcanic islands Madeira, Azores and the Canaries
  • Enjoy discovering diverse cities and a rich variety of sights
  • See several UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Fascinating lectures and activities on land and on board


Sailing from legendary Casablanca, we explore beautiful, isolated Atlantic islands on this 14-day voyage. Hurtigruten is one of the few ships able to call on exotic, infrequently visited ports in the Azores, and our small boats stand ready to shuttle you ashore in places larger ships cannot reach. Our lectures, activities and excursions show you the best of the stunning scenery and rich history of these islands, highlighted by unforgettable UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The adventure continues?

If this 14-day voyage doesn't fulfil your wanderlust, there is an option to extend your holiday across the Atlantic Ocean. The 12-day voyage, Journey across the Atlantic, departs 6 October 2017 and will take you on relaxing cruise, sailing in the wake of great explorers. 

Book this add-on voyage and you'll also receive a discounted price - from 60 Euro per person, per day. Please contact us to redeem this offer. 

Special Offer

Extend your holiday

Extend your voyage on a subsequent sailing across the Atlantic Ocean on the 12-day Journey across the Atlantic. Book this add-on voyage and you'll receive a discounted price starting at 60 Euro per person per day. Please contact us to book at the discounted rate. 

Price includes: 

  • Hurtigruten Expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Excursions and Gratuities

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The itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather and wind conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

23 September 2017

Departs From Casablanca, Morocco
Day 1

Sailing from the White City

Location: Casablanca, Morocco

Our island voyage begins in Casablanca, the “White City”, where the crew welcomes you on board before MS Midnatsol sets out to sea.The sight of the magnificent Hassan II mosque, with space for 105,000 worshippers, is a highlight of our trip out of the harbour. 

Day 2

Relaxation and Information

Location: At sea

Enjoy time out on deck in the sun and fresh salt air as we head west. Our expert lecturers will prepare you for the highlights to come, and there´s always time to chat with fellow travellers or just sit back and relax.  

Day 3

Treasures of Tenerife

Location: Santa Cruz de Tenerife

We come ashore in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a beautiful port city of wide avenues, plazas and marvellous examples of modern architecture.

Just outside of town, the volcanic peak of El Teide towers some 3,718 metres above sea level, the highest point on Spanish soil. Join our optional excursion to explore beautiful El Teide.

Or, take a tour to lovely San Cristóbal de la Laguna, the 15th century cultural centre of Tenerife, declared a World Heritage Centre by UNESCO in 1999. Stroll the charming lanes to admire the ornate balconies of this town, which served as the model for many settlements in the New World.

Day 4

Hidden Pearl of the Canaries

Location: San Sebastian de La Gomera

We arrive at San Sebastian on La Gomera, a hidden pearl of wild landscapes, unique flora and charming traditional villages. The dense laurel forest of Garajonay National Park is often surrounded by thick mists that give the nature reserve a magical aspect. There´s nowhere on earth like Garajonay, and it´s unique beauty has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

La Gomera is also famed for Silbo Gomero - Gomeran whistle – a whistled register of Spanish used by locals to communicate across the deep ravines and narrow valleys that radiate through the island. This whistle “language” was declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2009. 

Day 5

The Magic of the Sea

Location: At sea

We’ll sail the open ocean for a day as we head for Madeira. Spend time out on the decks to fully enjoy being at sea and with a little bit of luck, catch a glimpse of birds and marine life. Our expert lecturers will invite you to join talks to prepare for the pleasures of Porto Santo and Madeira.  

Day 6

The Floating Garden

Location: Funchal, Madeira

Today, we arrive in Funchal, the capital of the beautifully green island of Madeira. The spectacular flora and pleasant climate here have earned Madeira the nickname “The Floating Garden”.

Enjoy the wonder of the Laurissilva Forest on the northern isle. About 20 million years ago, these trees covered large areas of southern Europe, but today the largest remaining stands are here on Madeira, and this stunning natural area has been designated aUNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.

Madeira is crisscrossed by Levadas – “mini-canals” – an ancient irrigation system that covers a total distance of 2500 km. Today, many of them are popular walking trails. Join one of our excursions to get a closer look at the beauty of this fascinating creativity in a tranquil landscape.

Funchal is a modern, cosmopolitan city with a relaxed atmosphere and sophisticated life-style, rich in historical heritage with an inviting city centre featuring cafés, shops, cobbled streets, and interesting architecture.

Day 7

Golden Island

Location: Porto Santo Island

Porto Santo can be described as one long beach with a bit of land attached. Its volcanic sand has long been held to have curative powers. Coming ashore with our small boats, the island’s hiking and walking trails are yours to explore. Scan our excursion program for interesting and exciting ways to discover the island, or just enjoy a lazy afternoon on the “Golden island”.  

Day 8

Harmony with Nature

Location: At sea

Leaving Madeira, our course is set for the Azores as we enjoy a day in synch with the ocean. Situated in the mid-Atlantic, the Azores are isolated isles at the western frontier of Europe. Each island is unique, and seemingly inhabits a world of its own. 

Day 9

The Purple Island

Location: Angra do Heroísmo

We begin our visit to Terceira, the “Purple island”, as the great Portuguese navigators did: coming ashore in UNESCO-listed Angra do Heroísmo, the historic capital of the Archipelago. Founded in the 15th century, Angra has twice served as Portugal’s capital, profiting from its location along the trading route from the New World.

Angra´s old town is a renovated Renaissance jewel, featuring the majestic Paços do Concelho (City Hall). Overlooking the city and bay is the formidable 16th Century fortress of São João Baptista, with its 4 km long exterior wall, constructed in the late 1500s.

The Island offers a fine landscape, with stone walls hemming in patchwork farmer´s fields, and the volcanic Serra de Santa Bárbara massif looming to the west. Wonderful hiking trails and nature reserves lace the island´s wild and hilly interior. 

Day 10

Volcanos and Hydrangeas

Location: Ilha do Faial

Faial is known as “Ilha Azul” - the Blue Island - because of the hue of many of its countless hydrangeas.  This is truly peaceful place of great natural beauty, with a long and rich cultural heritage.

The island was profoundly altered as late as 1957, when the last volcanic eruption in the Archipelago took place here, creating a  sublime mixture of lava rock and exotic vegetation, making Faial ideal for hiking, walking and bird watching. 

On a clear day, we can spot the 2,351-metre high volcano, Ponta de Pico, Portugal’s highest mountain, on the neighbouring island of Pico.

Horta,on theeast coast, is Ilha´s hub with a population of around 7,000, set on a charming bay and surrounded by great natural beauty.  

Day 11

Calderas and History

Location: Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island, Azores

São Miguel, the “Green island”, is the largest of the Azores, with a lush landscape of lakes and rolling hills, mountains and green plains. The charming city of Ponta Delgada, dating back to the 15th century, serves as the modern capital of the Archipelago.

Join our optional excursion to the Sete Cidades Massif to discover an impressive volcanic crater and lake-filled caldera, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal.  Investigate magical and surreal lava formations like cones, pumice deposits, domes and maars. 

Days 12-13

Sailing East to Lisbon

Location: At sea

We set course eastwards towards Lisbon. Our Expedition team will summarize the voyage so far and continue their lecture programme. Join in on interesting experiments in the science centre, or learn more about capturing memories with tips on expedition photography. See our daily programme for details.  

Day 14

One of Europe´s Great Cities

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Every great voyage comes to an end, and ours concludes in Lisbon, a lovely city with centuries of history, perched on seven hills above the River Tejo.

After disembarking, stroll the charming neighbourhoods of Portugal´s capital, and take a ride on the quaint, old-fashioned trams that lurch and screech around the narrow streets. The city resonates with a remarkable history of exploration, as names like Vasco da Gama, Magellan, and Henry the Navigator echo in the lanes and plazas. Take in the ornate architecture and colourful history of UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Monastery of the Hieronymites and the Tower of Belém. Discover this city of hidden treasures at your own pace.

Arrival 06 October 2017

Location Lisbon, Portugal
Your ship Things to see and do


Take part in our wide range of exciting and educational excursions during the voyage. These are optional and can be pre-booked or bought on board (if there is space left).

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