Our Vessel & Crew
HMS Gåssten Crew
Fjord Adventures is owned and run by Sven Stewart. Having worked for several years as an offshore saturation Diver in the North Sea, Sven moved to Norway to join colleagues in a Scallop diving business. It was here that he discovered the amazing Norwegian coastline. Driven by a love of the mountains and the sea and combined by a desire to share it with like minded people, the concept of Fjord Adventures was born. Sven’s vision for Fjord Adventures became a reality when he found the perfect vessel, the H.M.S Gassten, a former Naval minesweeper. Following a sensitive restoration of the vessel, Sven was ready to bring the perfect team together to create once in a lifetime adventures in the Norwegian Fjords.
HMS Gåssten Crew
Tash is a long time friend and expedition companion of Sven’s and co runs Fjord Adventures. After graduating from Art college with a BA Hons degree in Ceramics she moved to Chamonix to follow her love of the mountains, She became an accomplished mountaineer, skier and sailor and has skippered vessels all over the World. What she loves most is the inaccessible and spectacular places that sailing can take you. Her expeditions have taken her to Bylot Island in northern Canada, the Antarctic, the wilds of Greenland and to the Summit of Mount Mckinley. Tash is passionate about meeting new people and sharing in their Adventures and is at her happiest being onboard a beautiful vessel in dramatic and magical places.
Our vessel Gassten was built by the finest naval craftsmen and marine architects with massive oak beams for protection against exploding mines. 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.
Great care has been taken to maintain and cherish the original features and fittings from her days as a serving vessel in the Swedish Navy. Oak beams line the cabin ceilings while the base of the original gun emplacement sits high on the bow and is a popular gathering place to enjoy a pre-dinner dram!
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.
- Navy Number
- Ship Type
- Year Built:
1973 - Swedish Navy
Scania DSI 14 - 465 HP
80' in length
Oak on Oak planking
H.M.S (His Majesty’s Ship) Gåssten was the last ever class of wooden warship built by the Swedish navy and as a result one of the last ever surviving wooden warships. She was in active service from 1973 until her colours were stricken on December 31st 1999. During her career she was involved as part of a NATO force tasked with sweeping for mines in the eastern Baltic, clearing the coasts of Estonia, Latvia and Finland clear of mines from WW2.
Later on in her working life she became involved in search and rescue operations and has saved the lives of many people. Within the Swedish navy she had the reputation of being a lucky boat, we are yet to find out why! During the winter months she was painted a classic Navy grey, and in the summer months she was re painted to her camouflage colours. Her original gun in placement remains in tact on the bow as do may of her original features both in the engine room and on the bridge and the officers wardroom remains unchanged.
We look forward to welcoming you aboard our vessel.