For those looking for a very personal experience, tailored to you and your family, friends, or group, this boat and the possibilities that it offers are for you! You can do a bit of everything: hiking, fishing, wild food foraging, sightseeing, stand-up paddleboarding, sea kayaking, cycling, and in the winter, snowboarding and skiing.
How about a short pre-Christmas Northern Lights Cruise?
The itinerary can be as unique as you are.
The HMS Gåssten is the perfect vessel to explore the islands in the Lofoten Archipelago and fjords of Norway and for those who want to do a bit of everything! With just four cabins, you will find a unique atmosphere on board, conducive to the active but discerning traveler. Your accommodation is the epitome of comfort, pare back style, and 'hygge', the Norwegian and Danish word for the overall enjoyment of life and the moment.
Your active vacation will feature spectacular alpine and fjord, starting your journey in the fishing village of Henningsvær, known for its picturesque harbor and art galleries, you will explore the spectacular coastline, fjords, and islands of this region enjoying activities tailored to your interests.
- Lofoten Archipelago
- The magnificent towering peaks of Trollfjord
- Island of Skrova (Norway's little Hawaii)
- Incredible Norwegian cuisine
- Beach sauna at Hov
- An array of sea birds and wildlife
- Charming fishing villages
- Choice of activities and itineraries, tailored to your skill level and requests
Be sure to check out our other tours in Norway!
Itineraries vary depending on which season you would like to go in and what activities you would like to do. Please let us know what activities you would like to include and we can tailor something just for you!
The best time to hike and walk in Lofoten is between June to the end of September, due to the milder weather and exposed trails after the winter snowfall.
Depending on your experience and fitness level, a variety of hiking trails are on offer; from easy hour-long hikes to challenging trails that can last all day. The archipelago of Lofoten in Norway is home to some incredible hikes that take you from the rocky shoreline up through birch and pine forests before emerging onto the open slopes. These routes lead you to summits with breathtaking panoramas of the fjords below, stretching as far as the open sea beyond. Hiring an expert mountain guide is recommended in order to get the most out of the experience. Not only do they know the trails like the back of their hands, they provide expert knowledge of the surrounding region.
All the hikes are weather-dependent and subject to change. There are many other activities possible, including fishing trips, coastal exploration in the tender, and paddleboarding. The itinerary is very flexible and guests are more than welcome to stay on board if they decide not to go walking.
The Lofoten Archipelago is the perfect playground for a family vacation. Consisting of seven main islands, with fjords and narrow straits between the fjords, surrounded by spectacular scenery, the activities on offer are designed to ensure you explore this region to the fullest. You can head out on kayaks for a half or full-day adventure among the countless bays and islets; perfect for beginner and experienced paddlers alike. You can also head out onto one of the many mountain biking and hiking trails, or spend the day relaxing at a Nordic hot tub or sauna before paddleboarding the still waters. Depending on the season, there is also horseriding on Icelandic ponies, skiing, fishing, golfing, and surfing. There is something for everyone in Lofoten.
For those who are mountain bike aficionados, the mountains surrounding the Lofoten are home to some of the best singletracks in the world. Long scenic ascents are rewarded with fast-flowing, loamy trails that descend through ancient forests, steep technical slab rock glistens above the treeline, and endless views with no one around at the top of every peak. Our expertly crafted MTB tour in Lofoten covers the archipelago's finest trails. Speed through flowing sections and conquer challenging, technical terrain. Trails where the thrill meets the rugged beauty of Lofoten.
Experience Norway as never before on this new mountain biking expedition into the heart of the Norwegian fjords. You’ll steam deep into the labyrinth of fjords aboard our boat Gåssten, which will deliver you to the wildest mountain ridges towering high above you. This is mountain biking at its most raw, and not for the faint-hearted!
This mountain bike tour in Norway takes you into the heart of Lofoten, challenging your mountain biking skills, stamina, and, at times, mental toughness. You’ll work hard for your rewards on this trip, riding and hiking your mountain bike to towering mountain summits before starting the steep descent back to the comfort of your private charter for dinner deep in the fjords. And with all your meals – even wine and beer – included in the tour price, you don’t need to worry about anything except getting dialed into the Norwegian trails.
We can provide a full week's itinerary for you and your fellow mountain bike aficionados. E-bikes may be possible, but not guaranteed.
Trail 1: Mountain Biking in Vetten - Unveiling Lofoten's Beauty
Begin your adventure in Vetten, where your heart and spirit will soar in tandem with the eagles overhead. Here, your mountain bike becomes your trusted companion, leading you to vistas that inspire awe. As you pedal through this enchanting terrain, the panoramic views over Vestvågøy Island will leave you speechless. Discover that mountain biking is not merely an activity; it's a gateway
to Lofoten's soul. Let the gentle flow trail be your guide, and feel the rhythm of your heart sync with the rhythm of the land.
Trail 2: Bratflogan and Steinsfjorden - Chasing Thrills and Views
Lofoten's beauty reveals itself in many forms, and Bratflogan is your gateway to a world of excitement. It's where fast sections meet technical challenges, pushing you to hone your skills. As you navigate the twists and turns, you'll be rewarded not only with a sense of accomplishment but also with captivating natural beauty. Your journey continues as you transfer by bike to a mountain Eltofttuva
that unveils a grandeur that only Lofoten can offer. The vista of Steinsfjorden with Vestvågøy's highest peak rising from its waters is a sight to not be missed.
Trail 3: Justadtind - The Ultimate Mountain Biking Experience
Today is the pinnacle of your mountain biking adventure. Justadtind, a trail like no other, will challenge and reward you in equal measure. Flowing fast sections and technical obstacles test your mettle, while the trail's summit promises views that stir the soul. This is the must-do trail for any mountain biker.
Winter in the Norwegian Fjords is a special experience. Whether you are looking for the Northern Lights in a winter wonderland or skiing and snowboarding touring in the Lofoten, a winter week aboard HMS Gåssten is an adventure for those who want to experience a little bit more…
- Ski and Snowboard Touring: The Lofoten islands have been carved over the millennia by massive shifting glaciers, creating spectacular peaks, deep valleys, and iconic fjords. Every Winter, Atlantic storms hit these ancient peaks, and dump meter upon meter of soft powdery snow ready for Spring. For those adventurous enough to want it, this is some of the best ski-touring and split-boarding in the world. The area boasts incredible skiing locations and our internationally qualified guides are experts at planning routes appropriate to the group’s level of experience and their ability to read snowpack ensures your safety at all times. So whether you’re a radical thrill-seeker or a relative novice you will have the ski adventure of a lifetime. We can provide you with a week-long skiing itinerary.
- Northern Lights: December is a time for long nights and short days so the Norwegians make this time of year all about Hygge, a sense of coziness and wellbeing with warm sheepskins, log fires, and candlelight. This Northern Lights charter offers the chance to see this atmospheric phenomenon while experiencing hygge and fine food aboard the beautiful Gåssten. This is the perfect mini-adventure before the Christmas holiday.
- Food: Whether it's fine dining on a private island in a glass dome, enjoying a beach dinner at a fisherman's hut, or enjoying your catch-of-the-day, food is one of the highlights in Norway. Your onboard chef will also prepare mouthwatering Norwegian cuisine during your stay aboard the HMS Gåssten using local seafood and produce.
- Accommodations onboard the HMS Gässten for length of tour
- Pickup airport transfer from Svolvaer on arrival
- All meals (including picnics if off the boat)
- All beverages (including soft drinks; good quality house wine & local beer during lunch and dinner)
- Onboard crew/guides
- Specialist ski/mountain guides (winter season)
- Use of paddleboard (x1) and fishing equipment/crab pots
- All fuel
- All mooring fees
Dates & Pricing
March & April 2024
May to October 30, 2024
* We recommend a minimum stay of 6 nights/7 days
- Rates are per person, based on double occupancy
- Tour prices are based on the fuel costs at time prices are set, often months or years in advance. In rare cases, additional fees may apply for fuel cost increases.
- Information to read before you book
- We recommend purchasing trip insurance
- Please see our FAQ
Whole boat charter (per night): $ 14571 £ 7500 $ 13,114 € 8919 kr 1348696 ₪ 36111 ¥ 1426268 Mex$ 166965 NZ$ 15649 NOK 103427 kr 101342 $ 9,715 6-night charter: $ 87429 £ 45000 $ 78,686 € 53512 kr 8092176 ₪ 216668 ¥ 8557607 Mex$ 1001791 NZ$ 93892 NOK 620561 kr 608052 $ 58,288
Additional activities to be added:
Kayak (double): On request
Paddleboarding/surfing: On request
Mountain bikes: On request
Golfing: On request
Hot tubs/Sauna: On request
Specialist summer guides: On request
Horseriding: On request
Snowboarding/skiing: On request
Private dining: On request
*Please note that your itinerary can be varied as you are and different activities are priced as supplements. Contact us with your ideas, and we will tailor a package and price proposal according to your request and activities.
Skill Level — Moderate
The difficulty level of this tour will depend 100% on you and your fellow travelers. We can assist you in tailoring an active vacation from family-friendly to extreme and technical. You decide! Choose from many activities for a multi-adventure experience or focus on just one or two. For the shorter Northern Lights Cruise, it is all about ‘hygge’ which needs to be experienced before it is truly understood. Picture star gazing, and the swirling Northern Lights, far from any light pollution. Imagine your family and friends in the cozy warmth of the dining area, eating Lutefisk, a local delicacy served at Christmas time and washed down with a glass of local Aquavit. Nothing difficult here!
The tour starts in Henningsvær. The nearest airport is Svolvær (SVJ). If you wish to depart by Leknes Airport, this is also possible. We recommend that you do not use Narvik Airport, Evenes as this is approx.4-5 hours drive from Henningsvær and we will not assist with transfers to/from this airport to the boat. Scheduled services are provided domestically to and from Oslo, Bergen, and Trondheim which may serve as connecting stops depending on the airline you choose. There are also direct flights from Amsterdam and many transoceanic flights will connect here.
Your tour includes an arrival airport transfer from Svolvær Airport. Please provide us with your flight details. On the last day, there are regular buses from Henningsvær to Svolvær. Travel time is approximately 45 minutes. Taxis are available outside the terminal, as well.
The climate of Svolvær is best described as oceanic. Located on the west coast of Norway, it is an area heavily influenced by ocean currents, so it is relatively mild in winter, at least considering the latitude, while it is cool in summer. Temperate waters and the unique microclimate warmed by the Gulf Stream, allow for a myriad of adventures and activities! This is a destination in which it is best to layer and don’t forget your raingear.
There are steep stairs down to the cabins making the yacht potentially unsuitable for smaller children and people with mobility issues.
Important to know
It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure that you are in compliance with the country or countries you plan to visit. This includes and is not limited to passport validity, visa requirements, and acquisition, blank passport pages required for your destination (s), etc.
US citizens: A good website to research the requirements of the Schengen Agreement and entry into other countries is travel.state.gov.
Non-EU and EU residents: Please research the requirements of your country of residence for international travel and your destination country or countries.
*Important note: Please check on the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) status as once implemented, this will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.
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