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Skibladner Hamar 2015.jpg
PS Skibladner in Hamar
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OwnerA/S Oplandske Dampskipsselskap
Port of registry Norway
BuilderMotala Shipyard
Maiden voyage2 August 1856
RefitAker Shipyard 1888
IdentificationIMO number8927981
General characteristics
Tonnage206 registered tons
Length50.1 m (164 ft)
Beam5.06 m (16.6 ft) (excluding paddlewheels)
Draft1.7 m (5.6 ft)
Depth2.52 m (8 ft 3 in)
Installed powerTriple-expansion steam engine
Propulsion2 × 16 ft (4.9 m) sidewheels
Speed12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) at 42 rpm
Capacity230 passengers

PS 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.[1]

The ship sank while in winter storage twice: once in 1937 and again in 1967. After each sinking she was raised and underwent significant renovation.

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 made Skibladner subject to a preservation order. This was the first time in Norway that an operating vehicle was listed.[2][3]

The steamer is named after Skíðblaðnir, the ship of Freyr in Norse mythology.


  1. ^ "Rutetider 2013" [Schedules 2013] (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 10 May 2000. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Skibladner". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  3. ^ "DS Skibladner". Gjøvik. Retrieved 9 August 2013.

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Coordinates: 60°47′54″N 10°41′49″E / 60.798389385°N 10.696885585°E / 60.798389385; 10.696885585