Skibladner is the only paddle steamer operating in Norway, it sails
on lake Mjøsa.
Skibladner is a sidewheel design, and her maiden voyage was on 2
August 1856, making her the world's oldest paddle steamer still in
timetabled service. Originally intended to provide passage from the
train station in
Eidsvoll to the towns of Hamar, Gjøvik, and
Lillehammer along Mjøsa, she still operates the same route, but now
offers scenic tours and cultural events during the summer months.
The ship sank while in winter storage twice: once in 1937 and again in
1967. After each sinking she was raised and underwent significant
The ship is often referred to locally as Mjøsas Hvite Svane, which
translates to The White Swan Of Mjøsa.
The ship's home port is Gjøvik, where it also overwinters in a
specially constructed glass-covered structure.
On 14 June 2005, the
Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage
Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage made
Skibladner subject to a preservation order. This was the first time in
Norway that an operating vehicle was listed.
The steamer is named after Skíðblaðnir, the ship of
Freyr in Norse
^ "Rutetider 2013" [Schedules 2013] (in Norwegian). Archived from the
original on 2000-05-10. Retrieved 2013-08-09.
Store norske leksikon
Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Retrieved
^ "DS Skibladner". Gjøvik. Retrieved 2013-08-09.
Lindahl, Axel. "
Skibladner (paddle steamer)". Galleri NOR.
Nasjonalbiblioteket. Norsk Folkemuseum.
Olstad, Jan H.; Knutsen, Eyolf (1981).
Skibladner 1856-1981. A/S
Skibladner home page". Archived from the original on 9 August
Coordinates: 60°47′54″N 10°41′49″E / 60.798389385°N
10.696885585°E / 60.798389385; 10.696885585
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