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Welcome to Skibladner from 1856, the world's oldest paddle steamer in timetabled service and one of Norway's best-loved attractions
D/S Skibladner - history in motion
Welcome to a world of exciting sights, sounds and smells, warm hospitality and a ship that's celebrating over 160 years of service. The most scenic view of Lake Mjøsa is available on the paddle steamer Skibladner on a beautiful summer's day. Six days a week at 09:30, the sound of the ships's bell and steam whistle sound notice that the boat is embarking on its journey from Gjøvik pier. Her maiden voyage was in August 1856, making her the world's oldest preserved paddle steamer still in timetabled service.
Culinary traditions The ship's restaurant "1. plads Matsalon" is one of the region's best restaurants, with an interior that is breathtaking. Start your day with a tasty breakfast, enjoy a salad for lunch or enjoy a meal featuring Skibladner's traditional salmon, followed up with fresh strawberries and coffee. About the ship Skibladner's name come from the god Frøy's magical ship in ancient Norse mythology. The ship was built by Swedish Motala Shipyard and assembled at Minnesund in 1856. In 1888 she was refitted, lengthened by 20 feet and received a new triple-expansion steam engine, which she has to the present day. Skiblander is 165 feet long, her beam I 16.7 feet and her draft is 5.6 feet. Her operating speed is 12 knotsat 42 rpm, max.no of passengers is 230. Welcome to Skibladner, the white swan of Lake Mjøsa!