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Mjøsa was the main transportation venue of Oppland County in the past, and traffic was busy on the lake. Lillehammer merchant Ludvig Wiese realized his dream of seeing a steamship on the Mjøsa when the SS Jernbarden waslaunched in 1840. During the 1850's, Englishmen built Norway's first railroad between Oslo and Eidsvoll, and in order to coordinate transportation on land and at sea, they bought up the steamboats. Oplandske Dampskibselskap was established in 1852 to take up the competition against the English, and in 1856 the SS Skibladner and the SS Færdesmanden were launched. The SS Skibladner has continued to run between Eidsvoll and Lillehammer to this day. In 1888 the ship was renovated and extended by 6-7 m, and its dark green colour was exchanged for the characteristic white that we recognize today. The Mjøsa's "White Swan" is one of the world's oldest paddle steamers still in use. Everyone should experience the Mjøsa landscape from the lake, study the ship's well-polished brass fixtures, or taste the famous salmon dinner with strawberries for desert, at least once in a lifetime. The dining lounges have tempting menus. The Skibladner can also be hired for special occasions. Points of departure are at Gjøvik, Kapp, Eidsvoll, Hamar, Nes, Moelv and Lillehammer. Call for more detailed information.

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