See in Oslo: Akerselva River

February 22, 2017 • 1 min read

It splits Oslo into its east and west parts, is 8.2 kilometres long and is considered the green lung of Oslo. If you’re looking for stuff to put on your see-in Oslo bucket list, Akerselva River is one to put up there. 

Akerselva is the river that flows through central Oslo. It stretches from Lake Maridalsvannet to Paulsenkaien, essentially through the whole city centre. The elevation difference is approximately 149 meters. The name, Akerselva, is a fusion of two elements, Aker (the name of an old church and farm site in Oslo) and Elv (River).

It’s no wonder why the river is referred to as the green lung of Oslo. It’s surrounded by gorgeous nature trails along the way, as you can see in the photo above. If it’s a sunny day and you have the time, walk along the river and depart when you’re close to something else you want to see.