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Akerselva River Walk – A free activity in Oslo

by Lisa Stentvedt

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There are a lot of things to do in Oslo that will cost your shirt (or your first-born, depending on where you bought your shirt). There are also many nice, cheaper things to do as well. You just have to know where to find them. Living as a student in Oslo has taught me some city hacks for budgeting and saving money in one of the world’s most expensive city – and so I can share a lesson or two on how to visit Oslo on a budget. This post is one of them, and covers the lovely Akerselva river walk.

(It may or may not cost you a coffee if you wish to bring one along. Oslo in the Winter is way too cold not to.)

akerselva river walk in oslo norway

The Akerselva river is the river dividing Oslo. Almost literally through the city it separates East and West. In most cities, those are the definitions of richer and poorer, but in Oslo, it also allocates where you can find the hipsters and where you can find the au pairs, where you find the grungy dive and where you find the rooftop bar. The city has so much to offer on both sides, but for now, let’s focus on the actual river, shall we?

You can also join an off-the-beaten-path
bicycle tour along Akerselva!

Like I said, Akerselva splits Oslo in half. The river starts at Maridalsvatnet (the Maridal Lake) and runs straight into the Oslo Fjord, with nice pathways and roads along it all the way. Do you see where I’m going with this?

You probably guessed it, the point of this post is not the actual Akerselva river, but the walk along it! If you start at the top you can walk as far as 10 kilometres, but you can also start it from wherever you want. Just jump on a bus and get off when you see moving water! The walk along the river is extremely beautiful and calming, and there aren’t many places along the way when you notice you are in a city.

Stop along some of the coffee shops along the way if you get cold, bring your loved ones along and don’t forget your scarf! If you are spending some time in this city, I promise you that you won’t regret spending a few hours along the river, and that you’ll love the Akerselva River Walk.

Bonus: the pathway along the river is also great for people watching! Joggers, dog walkers, loved-up couples, kids and families all head here once in a while – especially on Sundays when everything else is closed.

What do you think; is walking along Akerselva (‘the Aker River‘) something you would love to do as well?

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Naomi 16/10/2015 - 12:24

Absolutely stunning photos! I had to laugh out loud when I read the first few sentences, “depends on where you buy your shirt”

I definitely would love to walk here one day!

N- Naomi in Wonderland

LisaLDN 16/10/2015 - 18:31

Haha, it’s definitely true! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

The walk is beautiful, you would love it! 🙂

Rachel G 13/11/2015 - 09:53

Beautiful photos! I love just wandering in new places and taking in the sights. Here it tends to be a little too hot to do that comfortably–but we still do, on occasion. Good idea when living in a really expensive place, you still need to get out and have little adventures that are free!

LisaLDN 13/11/2015 - 11:48

That is so true, it’s incredibly important to remember that not all experiences must be paid for! Thanks for commenting, Rachel 🙂

Roshni R Walia 13/11/2015 - 10:02

Beautiful pictures! And great tips, thanks for sharing 🙂

LisaLDN 13/11/2015 - 11:48

Thank you, I’m glad you appreciated it, Roshni! 🙂

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