From Lisbon to Portsmouth - Europe’s Atlantic Highlights

From Lisbon to Portsmouth - Europe’s Atlantic Highlights

From Lisbon to Portsmouth - Europe’s Atlantic Highlights

From Lisbon to Portsmouth - Europe’s Atlantic Highlights

Travel information 15 days MS Fridtjof Nansen
April 23, 2022
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History and culture abound on this fascinating cruise from Lisbon to Portsmouth along Europe’s Atlantic Coast, including Northern Spain and Brittany.

Iberian charm

Your Atlantic coast adventure begins in Lisbon, which mixes old-world charm and laid-back cool. Spot the strong maritime influence along the Iberian Peninsula and the Bay of Biscay, from explorers to naval fortifications and fishing. Sail to beautiful Porto and explore its UNESCO-listed center. In Galicia, visit historical landmarks from the Romans to the Crusades, with many paths pointing towards Santiago de Compostela See the unique port city of Ferrol, discover Old Gijón, and delight in the gastronomy of San Sebastián.

French connection

Leaving behind the Bay of Biscay, we’ll venture from grand Bordeaux, the City of Wine, to Île-d’Aix and on to Brittany. Marvel at the wild coastal landscapes, picturesque fishing villages, charming medieval towns, and rich maritime history. Experience Breton culture first hand in Finistère and Saint-Malo, from the corsairs to the cuisine.

Canal cities

Discover the pretty canals of charming Harlingen and the rugged coast of Friesland. From here, we’ll visit Hamburg, the cosmopolitan “Venice of the North”. Visit a UNESCO-listed warehouse complex, marvel at the stunning Elbphilharmonie, and enjoy the vibrant shopping and culture found here. Our incredible expedition cruise ends in Portsmouth, a proud beacon of English naval heritage.

From Lisbon to Portsmouth - Europe’s Atlantic Highlights From Lisbon to Portsmouth - Europe’s Atlantic Highlights
  • Day 1
    Lisbon, Portugal

    Legendary Lisbon

    April 23, 2022
    Estimated time of departure is 8:00 PM

    Built on seven hills along the shores of the scenic River Tagus, Lisbon ranks among southern Europe’s most enchanting metropolises—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 main historic districts of Lisbon, is essential. Almost everything of historical importance are here, and also great neighborhoods for shopping! Start at the Praça do Comercio in the Baixa neighborhood. Head to Praça Rossio and 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 narrow streets, the old Muslim quarter, you’ll find Lisbon Cathedral, the remains of the Roman amphitheater, and Castelo de San Jorge, the impressive 11th-century Moorish fortress which offers the best views of the city.

    There are two historical gems you must leave the center to see. Follow the river just over 4 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 of the famously delicious Pastel de Belém custard tart.

    To give you enough time to take in Lisbon’s many sights before boarding MS Fridjof Nansen, you may want to extend your stay by booking an extra night or by joining our exciting Lisbon Pre-Program.

    Day 1
    Lisbon, Portugal

    Legendary Lisbon

  • Day 2
    Llençois (Porto), Portugal

    The City of Port Wine

    April 24, 2022

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

    Famous for its port wine and UNESCO-listed historic center, Porto will win you over with charismatic history 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.

    Don’t skip the Church of San Francisco, the Romanesque cathedral with an opulently gilded Baroque interior, or the panoramic views from the top of the Church of the Clérigos. Lose yourself among the magical Neo-Gothic interior (and maybe even the books) of the beautiful Lello bookstore, discover the Palácio de la Bolsa, and stroll along Avenida de los Aliados.

    Then soak up the atmosphere along the bustling riverside promenade at the Ribeira Docks, packed tight with pastel houses and beautiful tiled façade. Cross the Douro via the top deck of the Eiffel Tower–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.

    Reward yourself afterward with a refreshing white port and tonic at one of the many lively bars and restaurants on the pier. Built up an appetite? Try Porto delicacies like the francesinha (a popular grilled meat and cheese sandwich), bacalhau (locally cured salt cod), or dishes made with tripe.

    Day 2
    Llençois (Porto), Portugal

    The City of Port Wine

  • Day 3
    Ferrol, Spain

    The ‘English Way’ to Santiago

    April 25, 2022

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

    The architectural highlight is Barrio de la Magdalena, whose symmetrical buildings, made in Neoclassical design, are arranged in a chessboard grid of streets, surrounded by the harbor’s 18th- and 19th- century military buildings. This neighborhood also features Art Nouveau buildings, street art, seamen’s chapels, Maritime Museums, and typical Galician gallery façades. Contrast this with Ferrol Vello (Old Ferrol), where its narrow streets and alleys are more reminiscent of the Middle Ages.

    The cliffs, headlands, and bays of Costa Ártabra, to the northwest of Ferrol, comprise 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 being pulpo á feira, octopus with potatoes and paprika.

    One of several pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela, Camino Inglés (the ‘English Way’), starts at Ferrol. Walk the first stage from Ferrol to Neda or Pontedeume, or cheat just a little and join an optional excursion directly 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 3
    Ferrol, Spain

    The ‘English Way’ to Santiago

  • Day 4
    Gijon, Spain

    Cultural center of Asturias

    April 26, 2022

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

    Stroll through old Gijón and take in its atmosphere as you pass through the charming districts of Cimadevilla and Barrio del Carmen. Gijón’s historic center sits on the hilly Cimadevilla Peninsula, an ancient fishing village with narrow alleys, charming squares, and old houses full of character.

    In the Old Quarter, explore the Baroque Revillagigedo Palace, the Collegiate of San Bautista, beautiful churches, and the Plaza del Marqués. Enjoy the best views of Gijón by hiking to the summit of Cerro Santa Catalina, crowned with a concrete sculpture by Eduardo Chillida.

    Relax on the expansive golden sand of Playa de San Lorenzo, one of Spain’s most beautiful urban beaches. Enjoy a spectacular coastal walk that follows the cliffs up to Mirador de la Providencia, or stroll inland along the Piles River. Want a challenge? Complete a stage of the Camino del Norte!

    In the mood for a gastronomic adventure? Indulge in the culinary delights of Asturias in Barrio del Carmen. Try grilled or baked fish—freshly caught, of course—accompanied by a glass of delicious local cider. Or sample Asturian delicacies like arroz marinero (seafood rice) or calderetas (tasty stews made with fish, seafood, or meat).

    Day 4
    Gijon, Spain

    Cultural center of Asturias

  • Day 5
    San Sebastián (Pasaia), Spain

    The Basque Country

    April 27, 2022

    San Sebastián may not be the biggest, oldest, or most important city in northern Spain, but no coastal city rivals its beauty. Let its tranquil bay transfix you, with the golden, crescent-shaped beach of La Concha; the verdant island of Santa Clara and hills of Igueldo and Urgull; and, of course, the lively old town, Parte Vieja.

    Start at the foot of Monte Urgull to explore the historic district of Parte Vieja. Stop at the Gothic Church of San Vicente, the Baroque façade 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.

    The steep climb to the fortifications of Monte Urgull are worth it for the fantastic views of the bay. Afterward, take a well-earned rest on a terrace of one of the many cafés on Boulevard Zumardia. Now that you’re refreshed, 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.

    If you walk east from the grand historic buildings of Avenida de la Libertad, you’ll head toward the spectacular glass structures of Kursaal Congress Hall. Walk west and you’ll find the popular Playa de la Concha, where you can people watch along the promenade. Ride the cable car up to Monte Igueldo farther along at Playa de Ondarreta for more spectacular views.

    Before returning to the ship, seize the opportunity to try traditional Basque cuisine. San Sebastián is a celebrated linary destination, famous for its pintxos, bite-sized dishes bursting with flavor. Hop from one bar-restaurant to another, ordering dishes that strike your fancy from one before moving on to the next one.

    Day 5
    San Sebastián (Pasaia), Spain

    The Basque Country

  • Day 6
    Bordeaux, France

    Wine, history, and culture

    April 28, 2022

    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-largest city in France; its Old City is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, with 350 listed monuments and churches.

    Wine is part of Bordeaux’s soul, and with over 8,500 chateaux and producers in the region, it’s not hard to get your hands on a glass. Discover stately vineyards and wineries just a short tram (cable car) ride from the city center. Taste and compare some of the 60 types, 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 (Miroir d’Eau) as it reflects the grandeur of fine 18th-century French architecture back at you. 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 Bordeaux’s history, but luckily, several impressive examples of the French Gothic style remain. Visit the beautiful Cathedral de St André, Porte Cailhau, and the lively quartier de Saint-Michel, built around the flamboyantly Gothic Basilique St. Michel.

    Don’t miss out on the museums here. 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 6
    Bordeaux, France

    Wine, history, and culture

  • Day 7
    Île-d’Aix, France

    Fit for an Emperor

    April 29, 2022

    It’s impossible to get lost on Île-d’Aix which is just over a half mile long, and less than a half mile wide. This small island was of great strategic importance, given its location in the Pertuis d’Antioch Strait, at the approach to the cities of La Rochelle and Rochefort.

    Île-d’Aix is filled with fortifications, castles, and batteries from all the wars throughout France’s history, from the Middle Ages to World War II… so there’s plenty to see! And it can all be done on foot or by bike. Explore the island’s paths at your leisure and wander past quaint houses painted with multi-colored shutters.

    As you explore, you’ll discover a Vauban-style fort village; the charming center of Le Bourg; vestiges of a a small monastery; 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. As you look to the sea, you will see Fort Boyard (now famous as a game show location), which resembles a stone ship.

    Military history aside, tranquility awaits 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. Bird lover? You can spot over 200 species of birds on the island.

    Day 7
    Île-d’Aix, France

    Fit for an Emperor

  • Day 8
    Morbihan, France

    Best of Brittany

    April 30, 2022

    Brittany sits on a peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic, with a jagged coastline marked by cliffs, bays, coves, islands, and islets. The Bretons have a culture of their own, with their own language, food, and traditions. Today we’ll explore 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, your jumping-off point for exploring the local area, or you can join optional excursions to historical sights. If we anchor at Belle-Île, your first impression will be the 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 center.

    Ancient forts and lighthouses perched on jagged cliffs lay beyond the port. Relax on beautiful Donnant beach or visit colorful Sauzon, the Pointe des Poulains (the former home of Sarah Bernhardt), and Les Aiguilles de Port Coton, famously painted by Claude Monet.

    Morbihan’s history and culture are fascinating. Its successive occupation by the Romans, Celts, French, and the Bretons each left their marks. Morbihan’s many highlights include the medieval city of Vannes and the Carnac Stones, which rival Stonehenge.

    The walled city of Vannes has a well-preserved historical center packed with half-timbered houses and medieval churches—notably the Cathedral of St Pierre, La Cohue, and Château Gaillard. The megalithic areas around Carnac and Locmariaquer are some of the most impressive in Europe. Marvel at ancient stone circles, carved dolmens, burial mounds, and hundreds of menhirs, lined in rows.

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

    Day 8
    Morbihan, France

    Best of Brittany

  • Day 9
    Douarnenez, France

    Finistère, the land’s end in Brittany

    May 1, 2022

    Painters like Renoir and Boudin took inspiration from the coastal landscape of Douarnenez. This picturesque seaside town, known for sardine fishing, features sandy beaches, steep cliffs, colorful quaysides, and four harbors. Finistère, land’s end in France, is proudly Breton. Be sure to try Breton specialties like galettes, filled buckwheat pancakes, and the famous Kouign-Amann, a buttery, savory pastry.

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

    It can be difficult to land in Douarnenez, as it sits in an open bay and can at times be exposed to swells. Its harbor is also occasionally used by the French Navy for drills. In either of these cases, we will divert and land at Brest, a little farther north. From Brest, you’ll still have access to the same highlights and excursion program.

    The strong naval history at Brest makes it a fascinating maritime city, which is home to the National Naval Museum. It sits inside the military fortress, Chateau de Brest, still used by the navy today. Brest is filled with medieval fortifications, Tour Tanguy being the most notable.

    Brest is also a modern city, with lively quays and docks. Take a stroll along the scenic harbor and Penfeld River or walk along Cours Dajot, where you’ll have a view of the entire ‘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 9
    Douarnenez, France

    Finistère, the land’s end in Brittany

  • Day 10
    Saint-Malo, France

    Into the Corsairs’ lair

    May 2, 2022

    Saint-Malo from the sea is a quite a sight. This gateway to Brittany is 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 room in your schedule for a circular walk of the ramparts. From the top of the city walls, you’ll have the best views of the walled city and the surrounding islands. You will find tributes to Saint-Malo’s most celebrated locals: a statue of famous pirate Robert Surcouf 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, walk across the sand to the Le Grand-Bé island, where local writer Chateaubriand is buried. Then gaze across to the Vauban-designed bastion of Fort National on a nearby island.

    Within the city walls, a historical trail leads through a maze of charming, cobbled streets, where you can discover what remains of the original Saint-Malo before the Allied bombings of 1944. Visit the Gothic-style St. Vincent Cathedral and the Chateau de la Duchesse Anne, with its distinctive turret.

    Then take a scenic stroll to the nearby village of Aleth, where you can discover more about Saint-Malo’s history during World War II at the Cap-Horniers Museum.

    Day 10
    Saint-Malo, France

    Into the Corsairs’ lair

  • Day 11
    At Sea

    Cruising the Channel

    May 3, 2022

    Enjoy the day relaxing on deck, in the Explorer Lounge, or in the Science Center while we navigate the channel separating 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 clue you in on everything you might want to know about the Channel.

    Day 11
    At Sea

    Cruising the Channel

  • Day 12
    Harlingen, The Netherlands

    One of Friesland’s 11

    May 4, 2022

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

    Harlingen is a city of canals, warehouses, and pretty harbors, located on the southern shore of the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Area. Sure, you could walk, but this is the Netherlands … Rent a bike! Or even rent a boat and explore the canals, harbors, and local villages for yourself.

    Visit the 18th-century city hall in the Old Town, along with the Hannemahuis Museum, Blauwe Hand (the city’s oldest warehouse), and St. Michael’s Church. Keep your eyes peeled for landmarks like the old Lighthouse (now a hotel), the statue of Anton Wachter (a character in the fictional book series by local writer Simon Vestdijk), and 46 Stumbling Stones, a memorial to the 46 local Jewish residents murdered by the Nazis.

    Check out historic warehouses and a fleet of traditional sailing ships at the old Noorderhaven and Zuiderhaven harbors. 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.

    Sixteenth-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.

    Frisian pottery buffs, you are in for a treat at the Harlingen Aardewerk Museum. Harlingen is home to the last traditional pottery factory in the Netherlands that still uses 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 souvenirs.

    Day 12
    Harlingen, The Netherlands

    One of Friesland’s 11

  • Day 13
    Hamburg, Germany

    Venice of the North

    May 5, 2022

    Germany’s second-largest city is one of the greenest urban areas in Europe, boasting parks, botanical gardens, and nature reserves. It also offers fascinating history, plenty of culture, magnificent museums—not to mention great shopping and vibrant nightlife.

    If your cruise ends here, we recommend extending your stay in Hamburg and booking our Post-Program. If you continue on board with us, make the most of your day in this great city. Often called the Venice of the North, you can enjoy a boat tour to explore the city’s canals and harbor front. You can also easily explore on foot, by bike or by hop-on, hop-off bus.

    The most obvious place to start your Hamburg experience is at the port, Europe’s second-largest. Visit the old Landungsbrücken floating dock, see the old ships and shipyards, waterfront buildings, and the Old Elbe Tunnel. Climb over 400 feet up the bell tower in the famous St Michael’s Church for stunning views of the city.

    Then head to the city center. Take a detour to the Elbphilharmonie concert venue, one of Hamburg’s newest landmarks, in the up-and-coming HafenCity district. Many places of interest are concentrated in Altstadt (the Old Town). Visit St. Catherine’s Church and the St. Nikolai Memorial. Visit Deichstraße Historic Street for its timber-framed houses and see at the impressive city hall at Rathausmarkt Square.

    Visit the architectural wonders of the world’s largest warehouse complex at Kontorhausviertel and Speicherstadt, which together with Chilehaus, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Want to visit just one museum? Hamburg Kunsthalle ranks as the nation’s best art museum. Take a break from sightseeing with some shopping on Mönckebergstraße or stop for some traditional Hamburger fare, like aalsuppe (ham soup with dried fruits) or labskaus (corned beef with potato and pickles).

    Day 13
    Hamburg, Germany

    Venice of the North

  • Day 14
    At Sea

    Cruising the Channel

    May 6, 2022

    Today we cruise along the shores of southern England, heading towards Portsmouth Harbour. As we sail the waters of the English Channel, take time to reflect on the fascinating sights we’ve seen during our journey along Europe’s Atlantic coast. Our Expedition Team will be eager to share the best moments of the trip with you and offer their final lectures.

    Day 14
    At Sea

    Cruising the Channel

  • Day 15
    Portsmouth, U.K.

    Fascinating naval history

    May 7, 2022
    Estimated time of arrival is 10:00 AM

    Our adventure comes to its triumphant end in Portsmouth. If you have the time, stay and explore the proud naval heritage of this vibrant coastal town.

    The fascinating exhibitions, museums, and world-famous ships of the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard showcase the very best of the Royal Navy and is a highlight for any naval history fan. Spend a day of exploration aboard Nelson’s HMS Victory, Tudor ship Mary Rose, the warship HMS Warrior, and even a Cold War submarine.

    Outside the Royal Docks, the D-Day Story in Southsea will delight those interested in the World War II. Then take a stroll around Southsea Beach and its promenade or visit Southsea Castle.

    Not in the mood for military history? Head for Old Portsmouth. Explore the remains of the sea-facing ramparts, the Round Tower and Square Tower, and visit St. Thomas Cathedral and the ruins of Garrison Church. Take the elevator up to the Spinnaker Tower observation deck and enjoy the best panoramic views in town. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even rappel down to the base!

    With a bit more time, you can travel farther out of town to Portchester Castle, which is worth a visit. A third-century Roman shore fort, it is one of the most impressive of its kind in Europe.

    Day 15
    Portsmouth, U.K.

    Fascinating naval history



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Included in Your Expedition

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
  • Fine-dining À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is 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 fill at onboard water refill stations
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard activities

  • Experts from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • The Citizen Science program allows guests to contribute to current scientific research
  • The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • The ship has hot tubs, a sauna, an outdoor and indoor gym, and an outdoor running track
  • Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations

Landing Activities

  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers will help configure your camera settings before landings

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Baggage 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 ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected
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MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Shipyard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 528 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m / 459 ft
Beam 23.6 m / 77 ft
Speed 15 knots
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