The steamer Skibladner is a paddle steamer from the mid- 19th century, which was taken on the Norwegian Mjøsa on August 2, 1856 in operation and still is in operation. The Skibladner is also called the "White swan of Mjøsa " and has been awarded the Olavsrosa.


The Skibladner is the oldest still operating paddle steamer in the world. In Norway, the ship is a very famous and popular tourist attraction. The ship belongs to the shipping company founded in 1852 A / S Oplandske Dampskibsselskap. From the construction type of the paddle steamer two ships were originally ordered, of which the first named Færdesmannen from Akers Mek. Verksted shipyard in Oslo in July 1856 began operating. The Færdesmannen was the first Norwegian steamship. Shortly after the launch of the Færdesmannen in Motala (Sweden) built Skibladner, the new flagship of the shipping. The items Skibladner were by ship and train to the Mjøsa of Sweden - Norway's largest lake - at Minnesund, near Eidsvoll, transported and assembled on site. The maiden voyage took place on August 2, 1856. To date, the ship operates as a traditional mail boat and transported to 1919 in the ice-free period of eight to nine months a year post on the Mjøsa. After that it only came in the summer for use. The Riksantikvaren On 14 June 2005 ( Norwegian authority with responsibility for preservation and maintenance ) the Skibladner under monument protection. Today the ship is used as a tourist attraction. The name probably derives from the ship Norse mythology Skidbladnir.


Originally Skibladner of two machines with a total of 70 hp was driven. This was enough for a top speed of 11 knots. After a reconstruction in 1888, in which the ship was extended by six meters, new blades, as well as a steam engine with 605 hp were installed, the speed could be increased to 13 knots. 1920, the firing of coal was converted to oil. In 1993 the ship was largely restored and brought to the state in 1888. Today's maximum speed is 12 knots, equivalent to 22 km / h. The steam boiler from 1888 in 1984 replaced by a new boiler.


The Skibladner is from late June to mid- August. The ship sails depending on the day following the lying on Mjøsa place in Lillehammer, Moelv, Gjøvik, Kapp, Nes, Hamar, Totenvika and Eidsvoll. For the crossing of Eidsvoll, at the southern end of the Mjøsa up to about 100 km from Lillehammer, at the northern end of the lake, the Skibladner requires two days. Monday no drives are conducted.

Historical Records

Also in 1866 the port of Eidsvoll

The Skibladner 1884

1885, left the Eidsvold hotel.

1890 in the harbor of Lillehammer

1900 in the harbor of Hamar