Skibladner paddle steamer
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.
Why travel with Skibladner
She's a unique vessel in beautiful surroundings, with excellent food and an exciting 150-year history. Something for everyone! Fully licensed restaurant on board. 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.
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