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Hiking Adventures

Once in a lifetime adventures in the Norwegian Fjords

Scenery, trails and nature like no where else on earth.

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Adventure overview

Join us on a trip around the spectacular alpine and fjord region of the Sunmøre Alps. Starting your journey in the distinctive art nouveau town of Ålesund, renowned for its picturesque harbour and ornamental architecture, we begin a week long journey walking and exploring the spectacular coastline, fjords and islands of this region.

Cruise highlights include a couple of days in the magnificent Hjørundford
 with its towering peaks rising to 5,000 ft above sea level; a visit to a traditional Norwegian mountain farm, a day at the island of Runde, one of the biggest cliff nesting sites in Norway, boasting some of the most extensive varieties of sea bird species in Scandanavia; a cruise around the coastline of the Heroy Municipality with its charming fishing villages, including the island of Giske where many vikings originated from, and then on to Alness for a tour around its iconic lighthouse before returning to explore the historical town of Ålesund.

We try to remain as flexible as possible to meet our guests wishes. Guides can be arranged for those wishing more challenging and technical routes. We can also organise sea kayaking and mountain bikes with prior notice.

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Unique Accommodation

Your home for the duration of your Fjord Cruise skiing adventure will be aboard our beautifully restored naval vessel Gassten, one of the last wooden Swedish Navy ships ever built.

Converted to a very high standard, the Gassten sleeps 10 in a combination of double and twin berths, all of which served as the original officers’ quarters.

There can be no better way to experience Norway’s stunning coastline, than aboard this unique and elegantly converted wooden naval ship. Come aboard our cruises for a truly superb adventure. Read full details about our beautiful vessel, Gassten.

Sea To Summit

There are some incredible hikes that take you from the rocky shore line up through Birch and Pine forests before merging onto the open slopes. These routes lead you to summits with breathtaking panoramas of the Sunnmore Alps and the Fjords below with many stretching as far as the open sea beyond.

Unique accommodation

Once we have welcomed you onboard, you will quickly feel at home in your cosy, elegant cabin previously used by the Captain and his officers. Many of the original features including her massive Oak beams and Officers ward room remain, giving you a real impression of Naval craftsmanship and Swedish naval history.

Guided walks and hikes

Our qualified Norwegian guides enhance your hiking experience with their tales of Norske myth and legend and in depth knowledge of the local bird and marine life. Our hiking experiences can vary from spectacular summit vistas, hill farms perched on the cliff tops of Geiranger to the tranquility of the coastal fishing villages.

Private Chef

On your cruise you will enjoy wonderful freshly prepared food by your onboard chef with an emphasis on fresh local produce. All dietary requirements can be catered for.

Activities

After a day of hiking, exploring or just relaxing on deck, we offer snorkeling, paddle boarding, fishing and trips in our tender to visit small inlets and islands.

A taste of the trip

Day 1


Guests join the boat in Ålesund on Saturday afternoon. Ålesund is a charming fishing town which was completely rebuilt in an ‘Art Nouveau’ style after the great fire of 1904. There is a picturesque fishing port famous for ‘klippfisk’, a Norwegian speciality of dried and salted cod. Setting out into the Fjord, the Skipper will choose a scenic and peaceful anchorage in the archipelago for the first night anchorage. Guests will enjoy their first dinner on board with a menu of fresh seafood bought from the local fishing boats that day.

Day 2


We cruise through the Hjorundfjord, one of Norway’s largest and most scenic fjords, which is surrounded by the spectacular Sunnmore Alps, which offer exceptional walking. One of the most famous hikes is Saksa (1073m). Saska means ‘scissors’ in Norwegian reflecting the shape of the two peaks. A 4-hour hike up the gentler side of the mountain offers fantastic views down the Hjorundfjord and the surrounding mountains.

Day 3


We moor at a floating, wooden pier in Saebo surrounded by traditional turf-roofed cottages with the opportunity to go ashore and explore the area, which offers a wide choice of walks. Saebo has a famous salmon river, Bondalselva, and an unusual water’s edge hotel.

Day 4


Today we tackle Mollabladet which involves a stunning hike of around 3 hours of easy climbing. From the top guests experience the Hjordfjord from the other side and get views over to Saksa and the Sunnmore Alps behind. Back on board, we cruise through to the northern archipelago where we anchor in a tranquil and scenic location. The scenery changes dramatically here from the high alpine peaks of the Sunnmore Alps to the gentle, open coastal island scenery.

Day 5


Heading up to the Sandoy area to the island of Haroy, we go ashore to walk to Haroyburet, the highest point on Sandoy. From the summit you get a panoramic view over the whole area down to Ålesund in the south and over to Bud, a charming fishing village, in the north as the beautiful archipelago of Haroy with its numerous islets and reefs.

Day 6


Guests aboard can choose from several stopover options

Oteroya is an island west of Molde where the mountains rise in spectacular fashion from the ocean. There is a wonderful choice of hiking opportunities, but our favourite route is the Rorsethornet, which is a fairly easy hike of around 4 hours . There are plenty of scenic spots to stop for photos and the summit gives one of the most stunning views in the area. The anchorage offers fantastic sunsets and skies over the ocean and the mountains.

The Island of Ona is home to Norway’s southernmost traditional fishing village with a permanent population of only 25 residents. A walk to the Ona lighthouse on Onakalven, the highest point on the island provides a marvellous view of the ocean and the mainland coastline. A small bridge connects Ona to the island of Husøya where there is a picturesque small chapel as well as a beautiful sandy beach. This is the perfect location for an evening summer BBQ on the old pier by the traditional Norwegian fishing huts.

Time ashore exploring the historic town of Molde offers fascinating visits to museums and a spot of souvenir shopping. Molde was known as ‘the Nice of the North’ by the German emperors because of its unique setting and and superb view of over 222 mountain peaks from all over the city. An important harbour, Molde was a target by the Nazis in World War 2. A walk to the Royal Birch, where King Haakon and Crown Prince Olav sheltered from the German occupying forces is well worth it. The adjacent tranquil Peace Gardens were built to reflect the ongoing fight for freedom and peace.

Available Trip Dates

Adventure dates Duration Price / PERSON Spaces Booking
Sat 7 May – Fri 13 May 6 nights £x,xxx 10 Book Now
Sat 14 May – Fri 20 May 6 nights £x,xxx 10 Book Now
Sat 21 May – Fri 27 May 6 nights £x,xxx 10 Book Now
Sat 18 Jun – Fri 24 Jun 6 nights £x,xxx 10 Book Now
Sat 25 Jun – Fri 1 Jul 6 nights £x,xxx 10 Book Now
Sat 2 Jul – Fri 8 Jul 6 nights £x,xxx 10 Book Now
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Sat 30 Jul – Fri 5 Aug 6 nights £x,xxx 10 Book Now
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Essential information

FAQ

A selection of frequently asked questions about our hiking adventures.

Life on board

What to expect when staying with us on Gassten; food, quarters and crew.

Kit list

A kit list recommended by our expert guides. This should help you pack!