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 finally on to Alnes 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.
Gåssten, your vessel for the trip, is a beautifully restored naval vessel, one of the last wooden Swedish Navy ships ever built. Converted to a very high standard, she sleeps 10 in a combination of double and twin berths each with their own ensuite bathroom and original features. All of the cabins either served as the original officers’ quarters or munitions stores. This is an opportunity to experience a piece of Swedish Naval History.
There can be no better way to experience Norway’s stunning coastline, than aboard this unique and elegantly converted wooden naval ship. Read full details about our beautiful vessel and her recent refit here, Gåssten.
Guests join the boat in Ålesund on the Saturday afternoon.
Ålesund is a charming fishing village largely built around the cod and herring industries and is famous for its elaborate ‘Art Nouveau’ architecture. Once we have welcomed the guests on board, we leave the harbour while enjoying drinks on deck, and make the short passage to spend the night in one of the many peaceful and picturesque anchorages in the surrounding archipelago.
Setting off early we make our way to Hjorundfjord with its impressive entrance of peaks reaching up to 5000 feet above sea level. We drop you at the base of one of the more famous hikes in the area; Saksa. The hike up the more gentle side of the mountain takes around 4 hours and is rewarded with outstanding views of the Sunmøre Alps and the mighty Hjørundfjord below. The boat spends the night in the beautiful village of Urke where dinner will be served on deck if the weather allows.
Leaving Urke we make the small steam up to the head of the Fjord to anchor off the village of Oye. From here our day begins on ancient trails as we make the ascent to arguably one of the finest summits in the Sumøre Alps; Slogen. A giant pyramid feature that rises vertically up.
This walk can be completed in 6-7 hours but we offer the option for guests to stay the night in the Patchell hut, a typical Norwegian mountain hut, before summiting the mighty Slogen early the following morning.
Once all guests have arrived back in the village of Oye, (Patchell hut option depending) we ensure that guests visit one of the most distinctive hotels in Europe: The Hotel Union.
This unique establishment, a favourite of European royalty and aristocracy, has housed many famous guests such as Karen Blixen, Sir Authur Conan Doyle and Roald Admunsen to name but a few. It truly has a charm like no other. We spend the afternoon alongside the floating wooden pier in the village of Sæbo surrounded by traditional turfed roof cottages. Guests can choose a variety of walks in the area, including a loop walk up the Kvistad-Kjerringane valley and be picked up by the ships tender on the Fjords edge.
Leaving Hjorundfjord we steam west to the Island of Runde on the outlying skerries of the Heroy region. It has the widest variety of seabird species in Scandinavia and a permanent bird and treasure exhibition. The walking terrain is varied, with flatland tracks, mountain trails and clifftop paths with a lighthouse at the north western peak of the island. These walks offer the chance to see far more wildlife inhabiting the rugged coastlines.
Leaving Runde after lunch we steam to one of the most important fisherman’s villages in the region; Alnes, on the island of Godoy. There is a great contrast here of coastal routes and mountain trails. It boasts its iconic lighthouse and small museum built in 1937, and at 22m tall it boasts an incredible view over the Atlantic. Storehornet peak rises 497m above sea level, giving you a breath taking view of Giske community.
We return back to Ålesund, giving guests time to explore this picturesque city, a climb up the 418 steps to the top of Mount Aksla gives you a panoramic view of this wonderful area of Norway.
All the hikes are weather dependant and subject to change because of this. There are many other activities on offer from Gåssten including fishing trips, coastal exploration in our tender and paddle boarding. The itinerary is very flexible and guests are more than welcome to stay on board if they decide not to go walking.
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