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The paddle steamer "Skibladner" sails on Mjøsa, the biggest lake in this country. It was built in 1856 and was originally used as an extension of the railway from Eidsvoll to Lillehammer. (The first railway from Christiania (now Oslo) to Eidsvoll was completed in 1854.) "Skibladner" still transports tourists on our biggest lake Mjøsa and on its outlet river Vorma during the summer season, and it is therefore the oldest operating paddle steamer (or paddle wheeler to our friends across the Pond) in the world. However, now it is stationed in Gjøvik where this picture was taken, that's midway, and three days of the week it sails south to Eidsvoll and back, and three days it sails north to Lillehammer, always docking in Hamar across the lake from Gjøvik.
(2010-07-18)


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