We then head south to Øksfjord, whose glacier calves directly into the sea. After crossing open water, the ship calls at the old trading post of Skjervøy. You'll dock in Tromsø just in time to savor its nightlife.
DAY 9: HARSTAD-RISOYHAMN-SORTLAND- STOKMARKNES-SVOLVAER-STAMSUND
The island groups of Lofoten and Vesteralen have some of the most stunning scenery on this journey. Before your arrival, you'll see the captain skillfully maneuver the ship through the shallow waters of the Risoyrenna Channel, where sand banks are visible through the green water on both sides of the channel. The ship will negotiate the narrow Raftsund Strait leading into the breathtaking Trollfjord, before arriving in Svolvær and Stamsund. Later, the ship heads east across Vestfjord toward Bodø.
No excursion so you can enjoy the beauty of cruising thru the islands.
DAY 10: ORNES-NESNA-SANDNESSJOEN- BRONNOYSUND-RORVIK
From Ørnes, you'll travel through crystalline waters, filled with spawning cod from January to April, and go by lush agricultural fields. Nearly every towering peak you'll see is associated with a local legend.
Crossing the Arctic Circle once again, you'll pass the idyllic island of Sandnessjøen. On the approach to Brønnøysund, which you reach this afternoon, you'll spy the mythical Seven Sisters Mountains.
Make sure you're on deck when the ship departs Brønnøysund, and you'll be impressed by the captain's steady hand! Today's last port of call will be Rørvik.
DAY 11: TRONDHEIM-KRISTIANSUND-MOLDE
Arrive in Trondheim early, with time to visit Norway's largest medieval church, Nidaros Cathedral, and the restored Archbishop's Residence (we see this on the northbound cruise).
You will then sail out through the beautiful Trondheimsfjord, past Hitra, island of deer, and lonely Grip. At day's end, you'll call at Molde, before arriving in Ålesund late in the evening in time for a stroll on shore.
DAY 12: TORVIK-MALOY-FLORO-BERGEN
During the night, the ship will call at Torvik, Måløy, and Florø. The World's Most Beautiful Voyage is drawing to a close. Yet still ahead lies mile after mile of spectacular west Norway scenery: holly trees on Svanøy, the mouth of Sognefjord, and the beautiful archipelago on the approach to Bergen.