Join a sailtrip on the world’s oldest running paddle steamer from the comfort of your own living room, between Tuesday and Saturday this week.
"The White Swan of Mjøsa", Skibladner turns 160 years this summer. And that is celebrated with a new installment in the Norwegian national brodcaster’s series of so-called slow tv; Skibladner Minute by Minute. Tuesday, the ship will be loaded with 13 cameras and the equipment necessary to produse 25 hours of content for tv, web and radio.
During the daytime, viewers will get the chance to experience Norway’s longest lake. The first leg goes between Eidsvoll and Kapp in the southern parts of Mjøsa. During the week, the ship will sail rapidly between Brumunddal, Stange, Lillehammer, Moelv, Hamar and Gjøvik.
The programme will be a part of NRK’s summer talkshow «Sommeråpent», which will be live from the towns surrounding Mjøsa during the sailings. Chief editor of NRK Hedmark and Oppland, Karianne Stordal, predicts that the friendly rivalry between the towns and cities around Mjøsa will show when the dignified ship sails by. Maybe we’ll settle once and for all which is the right side of Mjøsa?
Skibladner is owned by Oplandske Dampskibselskap, and is the world’s oldest running paddle steamer. Since its launch on August 2nd 1856 it has sailed up and down Mjøsa, carrying passengers from one side of the lake to the other. The ship is 165 feet long, and has a top speed of 14 knots. The name comes from Norse mytology and the ship of the god Frøy, the god of sun, rain, peace and fertility.
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