Living on board the MV Gaasten we will access some of the most remote, unspoilt and simply breathtaking areas of the Norwegian Fjords. This journey is special, allowing us to cruise amongst majestic peaks and deep into the fjords accessing perfect areas to paddle and experience the wilderness and grandeur by stand up paddle board (SUP).
Gåssten, your vessel for the trip, is a beautifully restored naval vessel, one of the last wooden Swedish Navy ships ever built. Converted to a very high standard, she sleeps 10 in a combination of double and twin berths each with their own ensuite bathroom and original features. All of the cabins either served as the original officers’ quarters or munitions stores. This is an opportunity to experience a piece of Swedish Naval History.
There can be no better way to experience Norway’s stunning coastline, than aboard this unique and elegantly converted wooden naval ship. Read full details about our beautiful vessel and her recent refit here, Gåssten.
Arrive in Ålesund from 3pm and board HMS Gåssten, home for the next six days.
Meet the crew and settle into your cabin.
Gåssten departs the historic town of Ålesund while guests enjoying drinks and canapés on the deck.
After a few hours steaming, arrive at the anchorage off the village of Saebo in the heart of Hjorundfjord.
With the sun still high in the sky, there is the opportunity to explore the village, fish from the boat or take a paddle board on the water. Dinner is served on deck or in the saloon depending on weather.
Depart Saebo and head for Bjørke located deep in Hjorundfjord.
If the weather is good, there is the option to paddle board some or all of this 12km leg. If paddle boarding is not for you then relax on Gåssten’s sundeck and take in the views. Hjorundfjord is flanked by the mighty Sunmøre Alps and never fails to impress with her breathtaking scenery.
On the way to Bjørke, there will be an opportunity to stop for some fishing or swimming. The passage finishes anchored off the shores of this remote and peaceful village.
Surrounded by high Mountains, this is a fantastic place to sit and watch the endless sunset. Even by Norwegian standards, Bjørke is a truly stunning place to spend the night.
Today is a day for hiking. After a bracing dip into the waters of Hjorundfjord, breakfast will be served before Gåssten makes her way across the fjord to Urke, a few hours away.
Urke is the access point to some of Hjorunfjord’s superb hiking trails.
The challenging option is the summit of Saxa, an iconic peak in the Sunmøre region. This hike is relatively short, but steep. A short, winding path through the forest leads to open mountainside with wide vistas and a spectacular view at the top.
For those after a more gentle hike, there is a shorter route to a lower summit, but with equally exceptional views. If you’re feeling super fit then the two can be combined perhaps followed by another bracing swim to reinvigorate tired legs.
A picnic lunch will be provided for the hiking. Both hikes pass a beautiful, traditional Norwegian cabin which is the perfect stop for lunch and photographs.
On second hiking day we meet with Erling, the local farmer. His specially modified tractor and trailer takes guests through the old village of Urke and to the farms and hillside beyond.
This part of the adventure ends at the mountain lake on the plateau where Erling will say his goodbyes. From here the hiking starts.
Heading towards the summit of Maudekollen, the route weaves through young birch forests and alongside fast flowing mountain streams.
The final ridge to the summit rises in the shadows of the mighty Slogen, one of Norway’s most revered peaks. The view from here is simply spectacular and worth all of the effort. Gåssten sits in the vista, as a speck, floating in the fjord below.
When the hike has come to an end, Anders the local publican will open his cosy village pub, and serve well earned drinks before dinner either in the pub or back on board Gåssten.
From Urke the boat navigates east to Øye and the historical Hotel Union. There is the opportunity to paddle board this relatively short leg.
Once safely anchored, guests are taken ashore to explore the village and visit the hotel. The hotel has played host to Kaiser Wilhelm, Queen Victoria, the King and Queen of Sweden and Arthur Conan Doyle to name only a few. Guests have the opportunity for a guided tour of the hotel, followed by a drink in the bar before the very special dinner that awaits.
Dinner tonight is a unique Viking Barbeque, served by candlelight in The Old Boathouse.
The day starts with a morning swim or a paddle board before breakfast.
Gåssten will gently make her way north out of Hjorundfjord. Guests can sit on deck with a drink and a good book and soak up the scenery and majesty of these extraordinary surroundings.
The boat drops anchor for the final time in one of the bays off Ålesund where she rests for the night. There is the option to anchor in the bay at the Storfjord Hotel and guests have dinner at the hotel. (extra cost and reservation required)
On our final day the anchor is pulled for the last time and Gåssten weaves her way back through the islands to Ålesund with breakfast served en route. Guests depart 11am.
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