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About Skibladner

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Skibladner was launched on August 2, 1856 – and has plied the waters of Lake Mjøsa ever since. Originally an express passenger and goods service from the north to the south of the lake, she is now a cherished tourist attraction and preserved historic vessel operating as a living museum.
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Welcome to a world of exciting sights, sounds and smells. Unspoiled scenery. Warm hospitality. And a ship that’s been sailing for 160 years!

The world's oldest preserved paddle steamer in timetabled service, with live steam engines, paddle wheels and a speed of 12 knots. "Skibladner" is the pride of Norway's inland, and one of Norway's best-loved tourist attractions. You can easily make a day trip on her if you are staying in the Oslo area – or planning to visit Lillehammer. Not to be missed!

Sailings start on June 22, and continue until August 14, 2016. Here's our timetable.

• WHY travel with Skibladner? She's a unique vessel in beautiful surroundings, with excellent food and an exciting 160-year history. Something for everyone! Fully licensed restaurant on board.

• WHERE: Lake Mjøsa, 1–2 hours north of Oslo

• WHEN: Late June to mid-August. Sailings daily (except Mondays). See timetable. Some excptions due to jubilee celebrations in 2016.

• HOW MUCH: Tickets from NOK 180, children up to 12 years old travel free.

Every summer, Skibladner draws her broad wake across Lake Mjøsa, Norway's largest inland lake, an hour's drive north of the capital, Oslo.

A voyage on this unique vessel is an experience not to be missed! Skibladner sails between the villages and towns around Lake Mjøsa as she has always done: Lillehammer, Moelv, Gjøvik, Hamar and Eidsvoll — idyllic country towns basking in the Norwegian summer sunshine.

Skibladner has been painstakingly restored to her 1888 appearance — giving you an authentic experience of 19th century steamship travel in Norway.

With her rhythmic and relaxing paddling across the lake, as well as the temptations provided by her first class restaurant and cafeteria, Skibladner provides a treat for all your senses.


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Facts about P.S. Skibladner:
  • Built at the Motala Shipyard in Sweden 1854 - 1856 Assembled at Minnesund, near Eidsvoll, 1854–56 
  • Maiden voyage: 2nd August, 1856
  • Refitted and lengthened at Minnesund by Aker Shipyard in 1888
  • Length post 1888: 165 feet
  • Hull beam admidships: 16 feet 7 inches
  • Draft: 5 feet 6 inches
  • Triple expansion double-acting steam engine providing 606 b.h.p
  • Max speed: 14 knots at 44 revolutions per minute
  • Operating speed: 13.2 knots at 42 revolutions per minute
  • Steel paddle wheels, diameter 16 feet, 8 feathering floats per wheel
  • Engine built at Aker Shipyard in 1888. New boilers in 1983
  • Crew: minimum 6, maximum 16, in accordance with Norwegian shipping regulations
  • Maximum number of passengers: 230
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