Exploring the beauty of Atlantic islands

Lisbon - Canary Islands - Lisbon

This voyage explores the richness of the Azores and stark beauty of the Canary Islands. Starting from historic Lisbon, we sail to verdant volcanic islands, including UNESCO World Heritage sites. Our route gives you the chance to discover gems like lovely Madeira and the isolated, golden beaches of Porto Santo, then on to colourful Tenerife and stunning La Gomera. This journey offers a great mix of cities, villages and natural beauty, all enhanced by the expertise of our friendly Expedition team.

  • Explore the verdant, volcanic islands of the Azores
  • Discover the hidden charm of Funchal, Porto Santo and La Gomera
  • Experience the sophistication of Lisbon and the artistic heritage of Tenerife
  • Learn about the rich history of exploration at every turn from our Expedition team


The Atlantic islands offer an embarrassment of riches to travellers: from rich history and exquisite architecture, to hidden natural pearls and fascinating cultures. This journey brings you to the best of the Azores and two of the famed Canary islands in a round trip expedition that begins and ends in historic Lisbon. 

Seven hills of history

Discover the steep streets and charming neighbourhoods of the Portuguese capital, where MS Midnatsol waits for embarkation. 

The Azores – the colours of nature

Each of our Azores destinations are unique and distinctive.  Explore the “green”, “purple” and “blue” islands with us! 

São Miguel is studded with lakes and rolling hills, mountains and green plains. The island’s capital is the charming university town of Ponta Delgada. 

Ilha do Faial´s amazing landscape is rich with the life that has sprung from its recent (1950´s) volcanic activity.  The “blue” island is famed for its colourful hydrangeas and volcanic caldera. 

Lovely and historic Angra was founded in the 15th century, an ideal stopping place for traders from the New World. 

 Also known as the “pearl of the Atlantic ”, Madeira is a veritable floating garden in the ocean, hosting rare and lush plant and animal life. Funchal is a modern, cosmopolitan city that offers inviting cafes, interesting shops, cobblestone streets and a magnificent natural setting. 

The volcanic sand of Porto Santo has been said to have curative powers, prompting visitors from all over to travel to this remote island.  Enjoy a visit to Porto Santo´s golden beaches. 

The contrasts of the Canaries

Our two stops in the Canary Islands, Tenerife and La Gomera, seem worlds apart, yet are separated by only a short stretch of sea.  Tenerife hosts elegant modernist architecture, Teide National Park and some lovely beaches.  La Gomera is less visited and features a spectacular cloud forest interior, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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 accompanies landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included: 

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

Related voyages


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.

06 April 2018

Departs From Lisbon
Day 1

Legendary Lisbon

Location: Lisbon

Lisbon is a legendary city with centuries of history, built on seven hills along the shores of the River Tejo. Take some time to visit world famous sites like Tower of Belém before embarkation on MS Midnatsol.

Day 2-3

Towards volcanic beauty

Location: At sea

We sail west towards the volcanic archipelago of the Azores. These nine islands are the western frontier of Europe, and each has its own unique character. Our expert lecturers will prepare you for the upcoming visit. Take a little time to chat with your fellow travellers or just enjoy the deep relaxation of being at sea.

Day 4

The green island

Location: São Miguel Island

Known as the “green island”, São Miguel is the largest of the 9 islands, studded with lakes and rolling hills, mountains and green plains. The island’s capital is the charming university town of Ponta Delgada. Join an excursion to the Sete Cidades Massif to see a volcanic crater and lake-filled caldera, and tour the otherworldly landscape of cones, pumice deposits, and lava domes. The scenic Lagoa das Sete Cidades is a highlight of this protected landscape, considered one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal.

Day 5

The blue island

Location: Ilha do Faial

Known as “Ilha Azul” – or the blue island - because of its colourful and countless hydrangea hedges, Faial offers a peaceful landscape of great natural beauty; a heaven for nature lovers.

Explore the landscape that, as a result of a volcanic eruption in 1957, is 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 the east coast, is Ilha´s hub with a population of around 7,000, set on a charming natural bay.

Day 6

The purple island

Location: Angra do Heroismo

Visit the lovely and historic capital of the archipelago. Angra was founded in the 15th century, prospering from its location as an ideal stopping place for traders from the New World. Take in the historic 16th century fortress of São João Baptista. Beyond the edge of town, with the Serra de Santa Barbara massif looming in the west, the island hosts a wild and hilly scenic landscape.

Day 7

Madeira bound

Location: At sea

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 8
Photo: Karol Kozlowski Photo

The magic of golden sand

Location: Porto Santo

This place has been called “one long beach, with a bit of land attached”. The volcanic sand of Porto Santo has been said to have curative powers, prompting visitors from all over to this remote island. Enjoy a visit to these golden beaches. The rugged interior of Porto Santo is perfect for exciting excursions, walks, and has a lot to offer history buffs. After all, a little-known explorer named Christopher Columbus made his home on the island´s capital: Vila Baleira.

Day 9

The garden of the Atlantic

Location: Funchal, Madeira

Also known as the “pearl of the Atlantic”, Madeira is a veritable floating garden in the Atlantic, hosting rare and lush plant and animal life. The Laurissilva Forest, tracing back to the Tertiary period, is composed of evergreen species that were dominant in Europe 20 million years ago, but today is only found here and a few other isolated spots. Funchal is a modern, cosmopolitan city that offers inviting cafes, interesting shops, cobblestone streets and a magnificent natural setting.

Day 10

Relax and reflect

Location: At sea

The day is yours. Relax on deck or indoors, learn more from our lecture series, and compare memories with your fellow explorers as we sail towards the Canaries.

Day 11

El Teide and History

Location: Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is bustling and boasts stylish modern architecture, while the interior of the island is dominated by Teide National Park and the El Teide volcanic peak – the highest point on Spanish soil. Join an optional excursion to this spectacular volcano, or to San Cristóbal de la Laguna, with lovely 15th century architecture and an active artistic community.

Day 12

Off the beaten track beauty

Location: La Gomera

San Sebastián de la Gomera is an oasis in the Atlantic that is visited far less frequently than the other islands. The steep ravines and narrow valleys of the landscape caused the islanders to develop a unique way to communicate over distances: a loud whistling, called el silbo. The island´s main attraction is the incredible scenic beauty of its interior. Garajonay National Park is a magical place, a dense laurel forest that captures the fog drifting in from the surrounding sea. UNESCO declared the area a World Heritage Site and a visit to this area is highly recommended.

Day 13-14

A relaxed journey north

Location: At sea

Heading north, we sail for Portugal´s mainland. Our lecturers will have many interesting presentations to put your trip in perspective. A final chance to relax and reflect with new friends about the adventures of the past weeks.

Day 15

Cruising up the Tejo

Location: Lisbon

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.

20 April 2018

Location Lisbon
Your ship Excursions

Excursions on your voyage

Challenge your inner explorer and experience everything that the Atlantic islands have to offer with our diverse range of optional excursions.

Extend your holiday