Off the beaten path in Oslo: Akerselva river
The historic river area is now an Ecopark, which has really become a “green lung” in the city, and a wonderful, popular recreaction area.
The entire river is 8 kilometers, starting from the Maridalsvannet lake at Kjelsas, running down to the Oslo fjord, with a couple of stunning waterfalls.
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This river used to be the most important part of Oslo from the start of the industrial age, with all kinds of industry popping up along the river. Naturally this led to industrial discharges and pollution, but in the 1980s, a local initiative to limit emissions and revive the flora and fauna of the river began, and today Oslo is proud of its river, with picturesque walking trails, beautiful trees and charming, refurbished brick factory buildings, and clean water.
How to get to the Akerselva river:
You can either start on the city side of the river, or start at the beginning.
From the city side:
Take the tram #11 (marked Kjelsas), #12 (marked Disen) or #13 (marked Grefsen stasjon) to the Nybrua stop at the beginning of Grünerlokka, then walk down to the river on the left hand side, and start your walk up along the river. The trams start from the Jernbanetorget square by the Oslo central station (Oslo S).
From the top end:
Take tram #11 (marked Kjelsas) to the end of the line, then walk 50 meters back, then down to the right approximately 500 meters and you will soon see and hear the river, as there is a tiny waterfall. You can walk up along the river to the Maridalsvannet lake, or down towards the city center. You can walk off the walking trails en route and catch a tram back to the center (to the left off the left bank of the river, going downwards)