Akerselva river

Arrival and parking

By car you take Ring 3 / Rv 150 and turn off towards Storo. Follow Grefsenveien north all the way up, and continue on Midtoddveien and then Myrenveien. Here you will find a large exit car park, Kjelsås-Oset exit car park. You can find the start of the trip by walking north from the car park towards Maridalsvannet along the train tracks, and go under the underpass.

By train or bus get off at Kjelsås.

About Akerselva river

Akerselva flows out of Maridalsvannet, which is the most important source of drinking water in Oslo, and through the districts of Nordre Aker, Sagene, Grünerløkka and Gamle Oslo. The river finally flows into the Oslo Fjord at Paulsenkaia in Bjørvika. The river is 9.8 km long and has a drop of 149 meters. There is a rich flora and fauna around, and a lot of fish such as salmon and trout.

In the Middle Ages, this river was called Frysja, interpreted as “the cold” after the verb “freeze”. “The inhabitants of Vatterland, Greenland and Piipervigen” were in a royal rescript of 17 October 1636 ordered to build in Christiania (old name of Oslo), if they could afford it. Those who did not have enough money were to move to the area by “Aggershuses elv” between Sagene and the current estuary. Because the name of the river was too cumbersome, it was shortened to Ager’s river, which later became Akerselva.

Rating

This is a very nice trip that everyone can manage to go. It takes about two hours to walk down to Grønland Torg, but there are many opportunities to stop for a coffee, snack or such. There are also several beaches and bathing places along the river, such as Frysja Badekulp, Nydalsdammen and Nydalen Elvebad. If you park at Oset, it is a long way to go back when you have finally reached Grønland Torg, and in addition it is only uphill. Alternative return will be public transport or electric scooter. Have a nice trip!

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When we went

25.07.2021

Address

Akerselva, Oslo, Norge

Travel type

Difficulty

Other info

Free parking and toilets

Suitable for

Rating

10/10

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Duration (round trip)

2

hours

Distance (one way)

10

km

Height

149

masl

Elevation

149

m

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