THE WHITE SWAN OF MJØSA
white swan of Mjøsa" was built in 1856. "Skibladner" is the pride of
the inland. Skibladner is the world´s oldest paddle steamer still in
regular service. Originally intended as an extension of the railway
which ended at Eidsvoll, it has plied the blue waters of the lake on its route to Hamar, Gjøvik and Lillehammer during all of the ensuing 140 years.
Even the old steam engine from 1880 is still working! With expert help
Skibladner has been painstakingly restored to its original splendour
and is now a floating museum. It offers its passengers an unforgettable
voyage along Norway´s largest lake with views of the rolling hills and
well-kept farms on the shores.
The food on board is excellent: the standard menu consists of fresh
salmon and a strawberry dessert. The boat calls in at a number of
landing-stages with good rail connections, so that passengers can
choose the route that suits them. In regular service to and from Gjøvik, Hamar, Moelv and Lillehammer. Sailing season are mid May to mid September.
Skibladner can also be chartered for special occasions such as
weddings, birthdays, business arrangements and benefits. The beuatiful
scenery and unique experience of this veteran paddle ship will leave a
long lasting impression on anyone who sails on her.
With her rhythmic and relaxing paddling across the Lake, as well as the
temptations provided by her first class restaurant, your guests will be
able to enjoy a landscape that will please all the senses. We see that
our guests go ashore refreshed and exhiliarated after a voyage on our
unique floating museum!
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-expansjion steam engine, which she
has to the present day. Skiblander is 165 feet long, her beam 16.7 feet
and her draft is 5.6 feet. Her operating speed is 12 knots at 42 rpm,
max. number of passengers is 230.
RESTAURANT: Skibladner has a luxurious restaurant seating
approximately 70 persons. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. The
most traditional dish is poached salmon with fresh strawberries for
dessert. Children´s menu. The restaurant is fully licenced.
CAFETERIA: Coffee, cakes, soft drinks etc.
LOUNGES: In addition to the restaurant and the cafeteria, you can enjoy
three lounges: "First Class Gentlemans Saloon", "First Class Ladies
Saloon" or "Smoking Room", which have all been restored to their
SOUVENIR SHOP: In the souvenir shop you can buy souvenirs, ice cream,
candy etc. Buy the Skibladner certificate, signed by the captain - a
pleasant memory from the trip!
POST: The Skibladner has been carrying post from its first year of
operation. The insignia shows this on the flag at the stern. If you
mail your postcards and letters in the old postboxes on board, they
will be stamped with the ship´s own postmark.
CANON SALUTES: On board the Skibladner there are four small saluting
cannons. For special occasions you can have them fired at any stage on
the journey. This can be requested through the Skibladner office or on
board during the trip. Skibladner will whistle 3 minutes prior to the
salute. The price is NOK 150,- per salute.
SOME HISTORY AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Built at the Motala Shipyard in Sweden 1854 - 1856
Assembled at Minnesund, near Eidsvoll, 1856
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