Blog post by Sophie Nicholson

Norway In The Spotlight: A Summer Adventure In The Fjords

Visiting the Norwegian fjords really is something every outdoor and wilderness lover should experience and we believe one of the very finest ways to do it is on board the HMS Gassten. This elegant, stylish wooden naval boat is unique in so many ways and provides the perfect base for a special and memorable adventure in this incredible place.

Here are five reasons why you should set sail for Norway on the HMS Gassten this summer:

The Scenery

The HMS Gassten is based in the Suunmore Alps – home to some of the most exquisite yet dramatic scenery we’ve ever seen. Jagged rocky peaks soar out of the impossibly still blue waters of the fjords below and waterfalls tumble down the hillsides linking the green forests and fields below to the glaciers and panoramic vistas up high. It really is sensory overload terrain in this part of the world and it goes proper nutso at sunset when the alpenglow and utter serenity of what you’re witnessing will take your breath away.

The Activities

Hiking, trail running, road biking, mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding, diving, snorkeling, fishing, wakeboarding, kayaking, rock climbing, bouldering, abseiling, wildlife watching, canyoning….It’s all here and it’s all world-class. We can’t think of anywhere else where you can access so many activities so easily, it’s seriously impressive stuff.

The Food and Drink

Now this is where it gets even more special! The HMS Gassten comes complete with a private chef who prepares food of the highest quality morning, noon and night. The emphasis is on fresh local produce so expect to refuel at the end of the day on a host of delicious and nutritious meals such as reindeer with lingonberries, oven roasted halibut with prawn butter, locally caught monkfish with anchovies and elk casserole with Nordic chanterelles. You can even catch your own fish from the boat and have it prepared and cooked by that evening by the Gassten’s chef. All beer and wine is included in the price (mega bonus for Norway) and all dietary requirements can be catered for.

The People

Skipper Sven Stewart and the HMS Gassten crew are one passionate bunch. They’re passionate about food and service, passionate about Norway and the mountains, passionate about nature and wildlife, the HMS Gassten, adventure and doing things differently …and perhaps most importantly, they’re passionate about life. Their enthusiasm and commitment to sharing their passions with their guests is one of the key factors that makes an adventure on the HMS Gassten such a fun, memorable and utterly unique experience.

The Boat

By far and away the biggest personality you’ll encounter on your trip to the Sunnmore Alps is the HMS Gassten herself. A former Swedish Naval minesweeper, Sven Stewart has renovated the HMS Gassten beautifully, creating the perfect adventure vessel. The Gassten is a spacious boat that sleeps 10 comfortably in a combination of double and twin berths and with 2 showers, 3 WC’s, 2 separate eating areas and a large deck, there’s more than enough room for everyone to mix together for a party or take some time out for a spot of solo chilling.


Having spent a week on the HMS Gassten ski touring this spring, we can assure you that a trip to the Suunmore Alps with Sven and the crew truly is something special.

It’s also worth noting that the current exchange rate means your money will go 16% further in Norway now than that it would have done 5 years ago.

So what are you waiting for?

Give us a call and let’s get this Norwegian party started…

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