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The river Akerselva runs from Maridalsvannet through the centre of Oslo and into the Oslo Fjord. The river is 8 km of recreation, through forests and industrial history, fishing, swimming and several waterfalls. The highest waterfall is next to...more
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Maridalsvannet - Oslo, Oslo, Norway
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 17 January 2013

This is a pleasant walk down the river where Oslo's industry developed before the days of electric power. A good mix of green parks and old industrial buildings that have now been restored and have new life as offices. A few places where you can...More

4  Thank dyoll
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 12 November 2014

Akerselva River is a nice walkway with lovely scenery right in the middle of Oslo! Sadly drug dealers, homeless people and beggers are "infiltrating" this areas, which makes the visit less comfortable. We're priviliged here in Oslo with so much forests around us, so luckily...More

4  Thank FyFazan
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All reviews nice walk technical museum nice parks starting point city centre modern architecture both sides during summer public transportation central station visiting oslo paths neighborhoods nature stroll mathallen upstream
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Reviewed 1 week ago

take a walk along the river from city center all the way to the end, very popular, Nice places to rest and visit on your way. ex. 'Mathallen' (the Foodhous), 'Teknisk museum', available all seasons.

Thank maychumc
Reviewed 1 October 2018

We used public transportation to get up to the Beierbrua waterfall and then walked back down into the center of Oslo. We were there when a festival was going on, so it was quite lively, but you can also see how this would be a...More

1  Thank Rooindie
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

We stumbled across this river the last time we were in Oslo. Lovely peaceful spot and you can spend several hours walking quietly beside this river as it meanders through Oslo. Some nice water falls too.

Thank Stuart153Seaforde
Reviewed 19 September 2018

A guided river walk that was organised by the tourism office of Oslo had us discover this totally different part of the city. The vibes are great as it is mainly local people here. The more upstream we went the more students we crossed paths...More

Thank bestregardsfromfar
Reviewed 8 September 2018

The Akerselva flows through the outskirts of Oslo and you can walk along the river and end up right behind the main bus station, with Oslo S train station a few minutes further on (via footbridge). It is a haven of peace and tranquility, ideal...More

Thank apars0n
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

We caught the bus to Nydalen and walked back to the city. Could do with some signage at the bus terminus as it wasn't immediately obvious which way the river was. Just cross the main road and work your way through the office buildings and...More

Thank AB9999
Reviewed 22 August 2018

This was a beautiful walking tour. The river is beautiful and lots of pretty scenery around it. Ducks are everywhere. Salmon fishing. Sights all along the route. Very peaceful, calm walk.

Thank J B
Reviewed 31 July 2018

We took the tram #12 to Kjelsas and walked to the Maridalsvannet lake. There we were informed by a local that you cannot walk right to the lake shore or even swim in the lake because it is a source of drinking water for Oslo....More

Thank DraganZdovc
Sverre L, Director at Akerselva River, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2018

We agree! Akerselva is a key to understand Oslo. Thanks for sharing!

Reviewed 24 July 2018

Find the waterfalls and stroll the park around them, very peaceful and attractive. A lot of history on both sides of the river.

Thank IntlMysteryMan
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

When you start walking close to Hausmanns Gate & Christian Kroghs Gate there is like drug addicts (hard drugs like heroin and so on) on every corner. We found empty injections in front of our airbnb in Christians kroghs Gate and the park between the...More

2  Thank chrissF5884BC
Sverre L, Styremedlem at Akerselva River, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2018

The river Akerselva is 8,2 km long. I agree that the lowest part, a few hundred meters of the river - could be problematic.

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Response from Sverre L | Property representative |
Akerselva is shorter and more narrow. No boats can travel the river. The river is also "wilder", due to obstacles and waterfalls. The river starts from the lake where Oslo get its drinking water, and you can follow the river... More
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