The Akerselva River is a hidden beautiful flower, blooming in the garden of Oslo, an uncommon visit that is really worth some hours of exploration! Here you can enjoy a pleasant walk through a beautiful landscape, discover some historical buildings, and precipitous waterfalls.
Explore a beautiful path in nature at Akerselva River
The Akerselva is the river flowing from Maridalsvannet, the largest lake in Oslo, to Oset in Bjorvika. The whole river is about 8.2 km (5 miles) long, and has many different elevations between its source and its mouth.
The name Akerselva comes from the word “Aker”, the ancient name of several old farms and old church areas located in Oslo, and the noun “elv” is a Norwegian word meaning “river”. Along the Akerselva you will spend a wonderful day exploring Oslo in such an unusual, yet beautiful way. Here you can hike along what is considered the borderline, between the west and the east side of Oslo, looking at the urban texture fading into nature.
Have a tour of the picturesque urban area riverside
Let’s start our hike at Akerselva in the Grunerlokka area, a 10 minute walk from the Oslo city center. The access to the riverside trail is located near a bridge characterized by 4 bronze statues depicting 4 animals: a bear, a horse, a deer, and a bull. Once you have started your hike near the riverside, in about 5 minutes of walking, you will reach a nice urban area, which you can see in the picture above.
Here you can find several stands selling food and many different things, such as mobile covers, costume jewellery, and even clothing. This area is characterized by the presence of old industrial buildings that have been renovated and reused as an indoor market, a disco-club, or a pub. This tiny little street has a hipster and vintage atmosphere, highlighted by nice examples of street art, and a huge crystal chandelier.
Admire the power of nature at the Akerselva waterfalls
After hiking along the Akerselva River for a while, you will discover several waterfalls. You will be astonished by the contrast between the purity of nature, and the traces of the industrial past of the area. Indeed during the XIX century, Akerselva was the cradle of the industrial development in Norway, along the river there were many buildings, such as saw mills, textile factories, and mechanical workshops. Nowadays, those buildings have been renovated and reused as cafés, galleries, theaters, offices, and schools.
Located near the waterfalls, in the picture, you will find an idyllic little house built in 1800 as a sawmiller’s house. At Hen-Lovisa’s house you will find a nice cafeteria, and a cultural meeting place where the contemporary crafts meets tradition of the past.
Live an exciting day in nature at Akerselva
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Oslo through a picturesque hike along the riverside. Here you will experience Oslo through nature, history, and architecture. In this area you can also practice sports, such as running, biking, and swimming, especially on the upper side of the river. Akerselva is the perfect spot to spend a pleasant day, looking at the luxuriant beauty of nature, and some wild animals,like ducks, squirrels, and salmon.
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