Last saturday, we had the opportunity to take a trip on Skibladner, a ship that’s been sailing for over 160 years! Skibladner is the oldest preserved paddle steamer still in timetabled service. The boat was built with the intention of conecting Gjøvik, Hamar and Lillehammer to the railway terminus in Eidsvoll, through lake Mjøsa. Today ,with the expansion of the railroad system, the boat still operates the same route as 160 years ago, but with the purpouse of offering a scenic tour and a cultural event during the summer.
Out trip started in Gjøvik and ended up at Hamar, a 3 hour roundtrip on lake Mjøsa, the biggest one in Norway. Full of tourists and residents from both cities, the trip was very pleasant, giving us a gorgeous view of Oppland’s surrondings. Skibladner also has a restaurant onboard and has been serving the same menu it served 160 years ago. This was na authentic experience of a 19th century steamship travel!
Using the same boat for 160 years gives out a feeling of nostalgia while still being very sustainable because the costs and emissions of getting a new boat would be very high! If you’re in Gjøvik or the Oppland region we strongly recommend enjoying a nice trip on Skibladner.
For more information: https://www.skibladner.no/home
Written by: Renato Albernaz and Yousra Makanse
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