IT IS LATER THAN YOU THINK — near midnight, in fact, when our ship entered Norway’s Troll Fjord. The day before, we had crossed the Arctic Circle, entering the mysterious “Land of the Midnight Sun.” At these latitudes the sun only lingers, then slides across the horizon, never dipping below during most of July. So even a late-night arrival at Troll Fjord greets passengers with sunlight.
The tiny fjord forms a basin flanked by walls of rock covered with snow, greenery and cascading waterfalls. There is only one way in and one way out. A highlight on most Norwegian Coastal Voyages’ itineraries, Troll Fjord is home to the mythical trolls of Scandinavian folklore. We saw none, but we did sip cups of Troll Soup, a tradition on NCV.
Billed as “The World’s Most Beautiful Voyage,” NCV began making coastal voyages more than 100 years ago to serve essentially as a mail boat. Today, the year-round cruises still serve as a lifeline along Norway’s spectacular coast.