Akerselva - park, history, urban nature
Updated: Nov 27, 2019
Already in the early 1900s, parts of the Akerselva were converted to a park. For a long period of time large parts of the river were put in pipelines, but now it has returned to the surface and can be viewed all the way from Maridalsvannet to Vaterland.
It's a walkway along one or both sides of the river with benches where you can sit and enjoy the sounds of birds and running water.
You can think of the trip as a historic walk. The river was an important source of energy and was used both for the sawmill industry, textile industry and mechanical industry.
All traces of the sawmill industry have been lost, but many of the factory buildings have gained new life as office buildings, apartments and restaurants.
Hønse-Lovisa was a lady who lived nearby Akerselva in the 19th century. Her house was called the chicken poultry because she took care of single mothers and made sure that they could keep their children.
Chicken-Lovisa has got her own statue near the old house, which today is a gathering place for artists.
Down towards Vaterland, art has made other and more modern tracks.
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Excursion of the week: Akerselva
Suitable for: Everyone. Baby carriage and wheelchair can be used.
Duration: 13 kilometers from Maridalsvannet to the outlet at Bjørvika. Calculate 2-3 hours.
Get there: You can either take a bus to Kjeldsås and hike the Akerselva downhills, or start at Paulsenkaja in Bjørvika and hike uphills to Maridalsvannet. You can also split the trip in two and start at Nydalen and either go up to Maridalsvannet or down to Bjørvika.