Aegean Odyssey is making her way back to Norway this summer on what is sure to be a truly unforgettable cruise. She’ll visit some of the most spectacular places in the country, allowing her guests to soak up a wide variety of shoreside experiences. She’ll make her maiden call to the port of Aarhus in Denmark, and we’re also very excited to announce that she’ll be accompanied by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the world’s greatest living explorer.

The Itinerary

This cruise to the Norwegian fjords begins with an overnight stay in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, one of the most beautiful cities in Scandinavia and recently voted one of the friendliest cities in the world. Cross the Kattegat Sea to the city of Aarhus and another Nordic capital, magnificent Oslo, a place of Viking heritage, extraordinary modern art, and medieval architecture.

In Flam, enjoy a ride on the scenic railway and cruise the Sognefjord, the largest and best- known fjord in the country. Stroll through one of Norway’s biggest ports, Bergen, then explore the spectacular landscape surrounding the village of Geiranger and the port of Alesund. With shore excursions in the cities of Stavanger and Kristiansand offering more opportunities for discovery, you will also spend a day in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, to experience all its mains sights, before your cruise comes to an end in Tilbury, the port of London.

Aarhus Old Town

A Very Special Guest – Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Described by The Guinness Book of Records as “the world’s greatest living explorer”, Sir Ranulph Fiennes is the only man alive to ever have travelled around the Earth’s circumpolar surface, and he has embarked on many other record-breaking expeditions since. We are delighted to announce that he will be joining us on board for an exclusive evening talk and Q&A session, followed the next day by a screening of a film detailing his three-year circumpolar expedition and a book signing.

Born in the UK and raised for several years in South Africa, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has a truly distinguished career as an explorer and holds several endurance records. He joined the SAS in 1965/1966 and went on to become the youngest Captain in the British Army. In 1970 he married Ginnie Pepper, his childhood sweetheart, and they went on to launch a series of record breaking and frankly incredible expeditions:

  • First to cross the Antarctic and Arctic Ocean (with Charles Burton).
  • First to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis (with Charles Burton) – this 3-year, 52,000-mile odyssey took intricate planning, 1900 sponsors, a 52-person team to handle, complex communications, meticulous planning and iron determination mixed with flexibility. The circumnavigation has never been successfully repeated.
  • Led the team that discovered the lost city of Ubar on the Yemeni border in 1992 (after seven previous search expeditions over a 26-year period).
  • Led the first hovercraft expedition up the longest river in the world (the Nile) in 1968/1969.
  • May 2008, climbed Everest (Nepal-side) to within 400m from summit raising £2.5m for Marie Curie Cancer Care Delivering Choice Programme

With no less than 15 awards, more than 20 published works and a never-ending collection of fascinating stories to tell, we’re sure this is going to be one trip to Norway that no one on board will ever forget.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes poses for a photograph at The Coldest Journey launch on board the SA Agulhas, the ship for Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ polar expedition to be the first to cross Antarctica in winter on December 6, 2012 in London, England.

More ‘The Norwegian Fjords’ Cruise Highlights

Matthew Swire Returns – Popular former Hotel Manager Matthew Swire returns for this sailing and he is already looking forward to catching up with old friends and making new.

Your Destination Specialist – Joining this cruise is Destination Specialist and Travel Professional, Karin Jans. Karin is a true Scandinavian – she was born and raised in Sweden but now lives in Copenhagen and works most of the time along the coast of Norway. She studied at Roskilde University Centre and is now a licensed guide in Denmark. She enjoys local guiding in the Copenhagen area as well as being a tour leader on longer tours in the Scandinavian countries, especially Norway.

Special Odyssey Club Event – Join fellow Odyssey Club members for a private lunch in the magnificent setting of the Upper Library at the Signet Library in Edinburgh. The venue is one of Edinburgh’s finest Georgian buildings, situated in the very heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, and is home to The Society of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet.

The stunning natural beauty of Norway

The Norwegian Fjords’ sailing is filling up quickly, but there are still some cabins available. This is a 15-day itinerary beginning in Copenhagen and ending in Tilbury. Twelve shore excursions are included. If you’d like to explore more of Northern Europe, then we also have our ‘Grand Baltic, St Petersburg & Norwegian Fjords’ itinerary available. This is a 28-day sailing and includes 23 shore excursions.