After operating more than 60 years on the cruise service the ship listed as historically and culturally important turned into floating hostel in June 2013 under the name Ånedin Hostel.
Birger Jarl is a passanger ship owned by Ånedinlinjen. MS Birger Jarl is 92,40 meters long 14,25 meters wide, the draft is 4,90 meters and the weight is 2798 tons. In 2010 MS Birger Jarl was included in Sweden’s registry for historically and culturally important ships by Swedish National Maritime Museum.
MS Birger Jarl was laid down in 1951 at Finnboda shipyard in Nacka, Stockholm. It was built for the shipping company Raderi AB Svea and was given the name SS Birger Jarl after a Swedish statesman who played a pivotal role in consolidation of Sweden.
MS Birger Jarl is one of so called Olympia ships as she together with her sister ships (SS Aallotar and SS Bore III) were built for the Helsinki 1952 Summer Olympics. However, she entered into service a year after the Olympic games and her maiden voyage was in June of 1953 from Stockholm to Helsinki, Finland. Since 1979 the classic liner Birger Jarl owned by Ånedinlinjen operated on a cruise service between Stockholm, Sweden and Mariehamn on Åland Islands, Finland
In June 2013 the cruises stopped until further notice and the ship turned into a floating hostel. She is still moored by the Ånedin Linjen terminal, right at the center of Stockholm’s Old Town, a near-ideal location for a hostel.
Built in 1953, the ship managed to preserve the original wooden interiors and has been awarded the Swedish ‘K mark’, listing it as culturally important in 2010. Any kind of reconstruction that spoils the historical interior is not allowed.
Birger Jarl now offers a unque historical accomodation to all Stockholm visitors.
For more information and photos of Ånedin-linjen and MS Biger Jarl please visit the links below.
WikipediaBirger Jarl Photos Stockholms hamnar