1/4 Explore vibrant and exciting cities like Lisbon Photo: Carlos Caetano_Shutterstock Photo 2/4 We recommend a visit to one of Porto's port wine cellars, when we visit Leixões and Porto. Photo: Shutterstock Photo 3/4 Amsterdam is famous for its charm and numerous canals Photo: S-F_Shutterstock Photo 4/4 The tower of Hercules, close to La Coruña, is a 1900 years old lighthouse and is still in use today. Photo: Anibal Trejo_Shutterstock Photo Previous Next Europe Visit historically important cities, towns and cultural sites in the homelands of many great explorers. Published 09.07.2015 Nansen, Amundsen, Shackleton, Scott, Nordenskiöld and Cagni. Several of the great polar explorers came from Europe, where the coastline offers great diversity in climate, culture and people. South to north You will experience almost the entire Atlantic coastline. Hurtigruten's southernmost port is Cadiz, Spain, and the northernmost disembarkation for European sailing (as distinct from Hurtigruten Coastal Norway) is Tromsø, the Gateway to the Arctic. Along the route you will find the richest historic settings in the northern hemisphere and discover hidden pearls of the Norwegian coastline. UNESCO Word Heritage sites In the south, we visit a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, including old Spanish and Portuguese ports. Ancient churches and castles give evidence of the strong feudal traditions that governed European life, until the birth of the national states during the late medieval period.French and British culture merge in the English Channel, while the ports of Germany, the BeNeLux countries and the Baltics offer a mix of urban communities and rural settlements. Cultural and natural variety With Hurtigruten, you can choose from spring expedition sailings along the Atlantic coast and the Norwegian coastline, as well as crossings that take you from Bergen to Casablanca, Morocco, from Casablanca to Fortaleza in Brazil and from Fortaleza to Montevideo, Uruguay. Take in the feel of old capitals like Lisbon, the distinctive traditional Spanish ports, the jet-set aura of the British Channel Islands and the urbanity of Amsterdam. Continuing north on an explorer voyage takes you to Norwegian coastal communities otherwise ignored by the major cruise lines. Here you get to know the locals, taste their food and listen to their stories. You can experience small islands and rich animal life from a kayak or a fisherman's boat. Print Share this page Facebook Twitter Google+ Similar great experiences Similar great experiences You may also like A Visit to Ny-Ålesund The Last Town Before the North Pole, and a Post Office at the Edge of Civilization Bryggen Bergen's UNESCO World Heritage Site underlines the city's long cosmopolitan history.