Enjoy a hike down the Akerselva River, which runs through the heart of urban Oslo and some of its loveliest parks.
A twenty minute walk from the pier brings you to an Oslo Metro subway station, where you will board an underground train. Approximately 15 minutes later, you will reach the Nydalen neighborhood in northern Oslo, which spans the Akerselva River. The river runs from Lake Maridalsvannet, the pristine source of the city’s drinking water, and eventually spills into Oslofjord. The sights along the way are wonderfully scenic and inspirational.
On foot, you will follow the river downstream, a slightly downhill hike of just over four miles. The pace will be relaxed, as you will spend nearly three and a half hours traversing the walking paths and meandering through woodlands and green spaces in the center of Oslo.
Starting in the mid-19th century, numerous industries were established along the banks of the Akerselva River. Those businesses closed long ago, and the buildings have now been converted into loft-style apartments, contemporary offices and a variety of retail shops. You may pass spillways, historical textile mills and statues honoring the former factory workers.
You are also sure to spot bicyclists, anglers and other walkers, as the river attracts a steady stream of locals who come to relax along the shaded banks. If you spot a short-tailed bird with a white throat, it’s most likely a Dipper, Norway’s national bird. Your enjoyable walking tour ends back at the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 1/2 hours of moderate walking that covers nearly 4 1/2 miles. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Layered clothing to include a water/windproof jacket; sun cap; sun glasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.