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Summer Cruise

Summer fun for all the family on Norwegian cruise adventures

Visit the lesser-known sites of the spectacular Norwegian fjords where large ships cannot go.

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Trip overview

Imagine cruising around the spectacular Norwegian Fjords on board an elegant, wooden boat, which offers accommodation for just 10 guests.  HMS Gåssten, a former Swedish naval vessel, has been sensitively converted by owner, Sven Stewart; its sleek lines and compact size enabling it to sail into areas of the fjords where larger ships cannot enter.

Each day of our cruise brings a different destination, a new panoramic vista and a multitude of possible activities.  Swim, dive or snorkel off the boat in to the deep, cool waters of the fjords; looking out for orca and minke whale as you do so!

Fish for cod or drop your own lobster pots, checking in the evening to see what you’ve caught that can be cooked for dinner by our onboard chef!

Try out our stand-up paddle boards, wake boards and doughnut rings or venture further afield and explore more of Norway by road or mountain bike, kayak or maybe even on a rock climbing, abseiling or canyoning expedition.  The possibilities are almost limitless.

Relax on deck after a full day’s sightseeing and activities, enjoying a beer, surrounded by some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery, whilst snuggled in a cosy reindeer skin, basking in the dusky twilight of the Midnight Sun.

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Unique Accommodation

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

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

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

Private Chef

On your cruise you will enjoy wonderful, fresh food prepared by your onboard chef. The emphasis is on fresh local produce. You can even catch your own and have it prepared and cooked by the Gåssten's chef. All dietary requirements can be catered for.

Incredible Landscapes

Sit on deck after a day’s adventures enjoying the iconic 1000m peaks that surround Hjorundfjord. Experience the dusky twilight of the midnight sun whilst snuggling under cosy reindeer skins on the deck of the Gåssten.

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 traditional craftsmanship and Swedish naval history.

Stunning Wildlife

Spot the fulmars gliding over the waves; visit the puffins on the sea cliffs and keep an eye open for sightings of orca and minke whales.

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.

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.

A taste of the trip

Day 1


Upon arrival at the airport in Molde, we will be waiting to welcome you to Norway and take you on the short half hour transfer to the HMS Gåssten, our unique and elegantly converted wooden naval ship.

Once aboard and settled into your cabin, there will be a chance to explore the boat before being introduced to the team who will be looking after you for the next seven days.

After the safety briefing we cast off our lines and head out to a beautiful, secluded spot in the Moldefjorden for our first night’s anchorage. In Norway this archipelago of islands is known as the Moldeves! Freshly caught seafood bought from local fishing boats that day, along with other local produce, will be on the menu for our first dinner on board.

Day 2


Your first morning and you will wake to the smell of freshly-brewed coffee, the spectacular panorama of the Romsdal Mountain range and the very real prospect of spotting sea eagles nesting nearby.  All before breakfast!

Once breakfast has been served, why not join us on our small landing craft as we explore Hjertoya, a small, picturesque island with a traditional fishing community, which remains in tact, having stood the test of time.

After lunch back aboard, we pull the anchor and head for the island of Veoya, where we go ashore to visit the small community and the mediaeval church dating back to around 1200 AD.  Weather permitting we will remain in this anchorage overnight.

Day 3


The crew will pull anchor early this morning and begin the journey to Runde.  In a spectacular setting overlooking the Atlantic, the island boasts Norway’s highest sea cliffs and Scandinavia’s most varied seabird species.

We moor up under the traditional old fishing buildings in Runde’s idyllic harbour.  For those who wish, it is well worth making the short hike to the cliff top, where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the open sea and returning seabirds.  During the nesting months (May-July) the main attraction is the large colony of Atlantic puffins.  You will be able to sit amongst these colourful characters as they bustle about their nests.

There is a Sea Life Science Centre for those interested, along with a display of the Runde treasure – one of the largest finds in Europe, from the wreck of the Akerendam.

Runde also boasts a traditional Norwegian lighthouse, still in use and in immaculate condition.  A tour around the lighthouse can be arranged.

We plan to have a barbecue this evening in a lovely spot underneath the overhanging roofs of the old fish warehouses.

Day 4


Today we head for the Hjorundfjord – one of the BBC’s ‘Brian Cox Wonders of the Universe’.  After a few hours relaxing while the stunning coastal scenery drifts by, we reach the entrance to the massive Hjorundford – one of Norway’s largest and most scenic fjords and a magnet for those looking to enjoy wild and beautiful nature.  We may well be the only boat in the fjord as the large cruise ships are not allowed to enter!

This is often the best place to spot orca!  We make our way up the fjord with its towering peaks rising to 5000 feet above sea level and moor at Saga Fjord.  A pre-dinner stroll around the village with its pretty turf-roofed houses is always a popular choice.

Day 5


Sitting at the head of the Fjord, the beautiful village of Bjorke is our first stop today.  We will weigh anchor here and enjoy our lunch against a backdrop of some of the most dramatic scenery Norway has to offer.   Take the tender to explore ashore, try your hand at fishing, or stay onboard and enjoy the spectacular surroundings.

The famous Union Hotel on Oya is our next stop.  A classic beauty from a bygone era, the hotel has a list of distinguished past guests:  Queen Victoria, Karen Blixen (it is rumored that Out of Africa was written here), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Kaiser Wilhelm to name but a few!

We often barbecue here in our Viking hut, sitting in the shadow of Slogen, one of Norway’s most iconic mountains.

Day 6


Today we make our way to Ålesund, a charming fishing town completely rebuilt in an ‘art nouveau’ style after the great fire of 1904.  Highlights include a picturesque harbour famous for ‘klippfisk’, a Norwegian specialty of dried and salted cod.  There will also be time for a stroll in the Old Town before our farewell dinner.

Day 7


Time to say our farewells.  We leave the boat after breakfast.  For those flying home today, there will be a transfer to Alesund airport.

All itineraries are weather dependent and the final decision about any anchorage lies with the skipper.

Day 1


Upon arrival at Alesund airport, the crew of HMS Gåssten will be there to welcome you to Norway and to accompany you on the short half-hour transfer to the to the HMS Gåssten, our unique and elegantly converted wooden naval ship.

Once aboard and settled into your cabin, there will be a chance to explore the boat before being introduced to the team who will be looking after you for the next seven days.

After the safety briefing we cast off our lines and make our way through the inshore passages, passing busy fishing docks and harbours along the way, before reaching a secluded bay for our first night’s anchorage.

Day 2


After your first night aboard your new home, a short steam will bring us into the mouth of the mighty Hjorundfjord, one of Norway’s largest and most scenic fjords, and one of the BBC’s ‘Brian Cox Wonders of the Universe’.  We may well be the only boat in the fjord as the large cruise ships are not allowed to enter!

This is often the best place to spot orcas, too!  We make our way up the fjord with its towering peaks rising to 5000 feet above sea level and moor at Saga Fjord.  A pre-dinner stroll around the village with its pretty turf-roofed houses is always a popular choice.

Day 3


Sitting at the head of the Fjord, the beautiful village of Bjorke is our first stop today.  We will weigh anchor here and enjoy our lunch against a backdrop of some of the most dramatic scenery Norway has to offer.   Take the tender to explore ashore, try your hand at fishing, or stay onboard and enjoy the spectacular surroundings.

The famous Union Hotel on Oya is our next stop.  A classic beauty from a bygone era, the hotel has a list of distinguished past guests:  Queen Victoria, Karen Blixen (it is rumoured that Out of Africa was written here), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Kaiser Wilhelm to name but a few!

We often barbecue here in our Viking hut, sitting in the shadow of Slogen, one of Norway’s most iconic mountains.

Day 4


The crew will pull anchor early this morning and begin the journey to Runde.  In a spectacular setting overlooking the Atlantic, the island boasts Norway’s highest sea cliffs and Scandinavia’s most varied seabird species.

We moor up under the traditional old fishing buildings in Runde’s idyllic harbour.  For those who wish, it is well worth making the short hike to the cliff top, where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the open sea and returning seabirds.  During the nesting months (May-July) the main attraction is the large colony of Atlantic puffins.  You will be able to sit amongst these colourful characters as they bustle about their nests.

There is a Sea Life Science Centre for those interested, along with a display of the Runde treasure from the wreck of the Akerendam, one of the largest finds in Europe.

Runde also boasts a traditional Norwegian lighthouse, still in use and in immaculate condition.  A tour around the lighthouse can be arranged.

We plan to have a barbecue this evening in a lovely spot underneath the overhanging roofs of the old fish warehouses.

Day 5


This morning we leave Runde for the island of Veoya, where we go ashore to visit the small community and the mediaeval church dating back to around 1200 AD.  Weather permitting we will remain in this anchorage overnight.

Day 6


Today we head for the island of Hjertoya, with its spectacular panoramic views of the Romsdal Mountains.  This small, picturesque island has a preserved traditional fishing community and you will have the opportunity to go ashore and explore.

We will anchor here for the night beside the nesting sea eagles.

Day 7


Time to say our farewells.  We leave the boat after breakfast.  For those flying home today, and continuing our high level of guest services, there will be a transfer to Molde Airport.

All itineraries are weather dependent and the final decision about any anchorage lies with the skipper.

Available Trip Dates

2017 Dates

dates Duration Price / PERSON Spaces Booking
24 July – 30 July 6 nights £2,700 / £1,900* 10 Book Now
28 Aug – 3 Sept 6 nights £2,700 / £1,900* 10 Book Now
18 Sept – 24 Sept 6 nights £2,700 / £1,900* 10 Book Now

2018 Dates

dates Duration Price / PERSON Spaces Booking
26 May – 1 Jun 6 nights £2,700 / £1,900* 10 Book Now
9 Jun – 15 Jun 6 nights £2,700 / £1,900* 10 Book Now
30 Jun – 6 July 6 nights £2,700 / £1,900* 10 Book Now
14 July – 20 July 6 nights £2,700 / £1,900* 10 Book Now
28 July – 3 Aug 6 nights £2,700 / £1,900* 10 Book Now
11 Aug – 17 Aug 6 nights £2,700 / £1,900* 10 Book Now
9 Sept – 15 Sept 6 nights £2,700 / £1,900* 10 Book Now

*£2,700 is price per person sharing a twin cabin. £1,900 for children.

2017 Dates

dates Duration Price / PERSON Spaces Booking
16 Jun – 22 Jun 6 nights £2,700 / £1,900* 10 Book Now
3 Jul – 9 Jul 6 nights £2,700 / £1,900* 10 Book Now
25 Sept – 1 Oct 6 nights £2,700 / £1,900* 10 Book Now

2018 Dates

dates Duration Price / PERSON Spaces Booking
19 May – 25 May 6 nights £2,700 / £1,900* 10 Book Now
2 June – 8 June 6 nights £2,700 / £1,900* 10 Book Now
16 June – 22 June 6 nights £2,700 / £1,900* 10 Book Now
7 Jul – 13 Jul 6 nights £2,700 / £1,900* 10 Book Now
4 Jul – 10 Aug 6 nights £2,700 / £1,900* 10 Book Now
18 Jul – 24 Aug 6 nights £2,700 / £1,900* 10 Book Now
2 Sep – 8 Sep 6 nights £2,700 / £1,900* 10 Book Now
16 Sep – 22 Sep 6 nights £2,700 / £1,900* 10 Book Now

*£2,700 is price per person sharing a twin cabin. £1,900 for children.

Essential information

FAQ

A selection of frequently asked questions about our Summer Cruises

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!