Ever wondered what it would be like to sleep on a beautifully restored wooden navy vessel in the Norwegian fjords, with the best ski touring conditions just a short boat ride away and a private chef?  Welcome to HMS Gassten and Fjord Adventures!

This is a ski touring Norwegian style in the spectacular Sunmore Alps where near vertical mountains rise from the fjord to dizzy heights. Each day HMS Gassten’s tender will take you to new areas carefully chosen by your internationally qualified mountain guide. At the end of each day the ship’s chef will have prepared a delicious meal carefully sourced either direct from the fjord or from local suppliers.

This is a totally unique experience with no other boats in the area offering this same experience and blanket ban on the use of helicopters or snow mobiles. Share this experience family or with old friends. Either way you will have skied six out of the top ten ski tours as voted by Norwegian Mountain Guides.

Skin up past Viking huts and trails leading through pine and birch forests, emerging onto open slopes and mountainous terrain where native guides carefully assist in reaching the summit. From the summit, HMS Gåssten can be seen anchored in the fjord below.  An unrivalled descent of the mountain awaits with clean lines and knee-deep light powder.

Guides will even pass on skills of how to build speedy snow shelters and forage for wild food, with an everlasting appreciation for the native environment

At a glance

  • A ski adventure based from one of the Swedish navy’s last wooden built boats
  • Hearty meals freshly prepared on board with locally sourced Norwegian specialities
  • Breathtaking scenery and quoted by Cecil Slingsby “You will never experience such a view”
  • Ski touring season – mid-February to late April and run from a Thursday to a Wednesday, 6 nights
  • Private guides highly qualified from Norwegian standards to UAIGM
  • Unique opportunity to ski 6 out of the top 10 ski tours in Norway
  • A unique ski touring adventure for families and friends
  • A new destination each day as HMS Gassten moves along the fjord




Day 1 - Arrive Alesund at the entrance to the Geirangefjord

Arrive Alesund at the entrance to the Geirangefjord

HMS Gassten will be waiting in Alesund, tied up on the key. Depending on your flight connections you will make your way to the boat for a departure and lunch at 13.00hrs.

We recommend that if your flights do not arrive before 13.00hrs then we organise a night at the Scandic Hotel Alesund located just a short walk from the pier.

Day 2 - Bladet: 1200m

Bladet: 1200m

This tour is a steep ski at the mouth of the Hjørundfjord.  It takes about 6-8 hours and is one of the most challenging yet stunning tours available.  The distinctive needle top lies to the right of both summits – Mohns and Randers.  The view from Bladet is one of the finest in Norwegian Fjord Skiing. This is one of the reasons why it was recently voted in Norway’s top 5 ski tours by the Norwegian Mountain Guide Association.

Day 3 - Slogan: 1564m

Slogan: 1564m

This is a one-way ski over the mountains on the east side of Hjørundfjord to be dropped off and picked up at the other side with a total trip time of 7-9 hours. This tour takes you into the heart of the Sunnmore Alps and is one of the most outstanding summits in the Alps.  The pyramid-style shape of Slogan, which is visible from the Fjord, makes it one of the Sunnmore’s most memorable and distinctive mountains.

Day 4 - Skåraslen: 1542m

Skåraslen: 1542m

This one-way ski over the mountains on the west side of Hjørundfjord allows guests to be dropped off and picked up at the other side with a total trip time of 6-8 hours.  This tour also belongs to the elite top 5 group as voted for by the Norwegian Mountain Guides.  The view from the summit is one of the most spectacular views, with panoramic outlooks over the Hjørundfjord and the Sunnmore Alps.

Day 5 - Rest day

Rest day

This steep ski on the west side of Hjørundfjord, is a trip total of 5-7 hours.  This peak is identifiable by the distinct bowl facing north. This is one of the most weather dependent tours but also one of the best tours for steep skiing.  There are a variety of anchorages and piers where you will spend the night depending on where you find the best snow at that time.

Day 6 - Sykkvsfjord


This one-way ski over the mountains from Sykkvsfjord to Hjørundfjord is a trip of 7 -10 hours with the welcoming sight of HMS Gassten anchored at the pub at the end.  You will be dropped off in Skyyvsfjord and you will ski traverse over the mountains to the Hjørundfjord where the boat will be waiting to collect you.

Day 7 - Back to Alesund and home...

Back to Alesund and home...

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