From the deck of DS Skibladner, you can experience Norway’s largest lake the old-fashioned way. Skibladner has passed regularly between Eidsvoll and Lillehammer since 1856, and is the oldest paddle steamer in the world still in operation.
Lake Mjøsa is located half an hour drive north of Oslo’s Airport Gardermoen. It is surrounded by lush farmlands, prospering towns and cultural heritage sites quite out of the ordinary. The liner DS Skibladner has connected the towns around Lake Mjøsa for more than 160 years. Today, the water route across the lake is an exotic, but also practical way of traveling if you’d like to explore the region.
Skibladner’s website provides useful suggestions on how to organize your trip. If you arrive by car, it is a good idea to park by one of Skibladner’s docks, and return here later in the day. If you travel by train, bus or bike, you may of course choose freely where to board and go ashore.
Regardless of how far you will be travelling and where you start your journey, it is always a good idea to book your tickets for Skibladner in advance. “The white swan of Lake Mjøsa” is becoming increasingly popular.
Experiences around Lake Mjøsa
Skibladner stops off at different kinds of places around Lake Mjøsa. The larger towns of Hamar, Gjøvik and Lillehammer are good picks for a trip ashore, but it is also possible to get off at smaller places such as Kapp by Toten, the idyllic Totenvika, or Moelv close to the Lake Mjøsa Bridge.
Make a stop or two along the way to see some of the attractions around the lake, go for a hike or sample local specialties. If you have more time available, you can spend the night at one of the venerable farms around Lake Mjøsa. Below you’ll find several suggestions for what to see and do around the lake.