The Coastal Express Museum

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The Coastal Express Museum
+47 76 11 81 90
+47 76 11 81 91

The Coastal Express Museum

The national museum foundation for the coastal express at Stokmarknes. Exhibitions of authentic rooms and environments, photographs, paintings, model ships, historical films, videos and a multi-media show lasting 20 min. Wheelchair user friendly. The coastal express M/S «Finnmarken» from 1956 is an integral part of the Coastal Express museum and an authentic vestige of Norwegian coastal steamer traditions.

The first organized costal traffic in Northern-Norway took place in 1838 whit the steamship “Prins Gustav”. It sailed between Trondheim and Tromsø in the summertime. Gradually more ships began to sail along the coastline, and the state driven route was extended. In 1857 it was decided that private shipping companies were to take over most of the route. They were to get a compensation for the transportation of the post, and possibly some direct government grant. It took several years before someone could take over, but nobody wanted to sail toward the north in the winter.

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