Akerselva, or Akerselven, is a river which flows through Oslo. It starts at Maridalsvannet in Oslomarka, and follows the urban areas Nordre Aker, Sagene, Grünerløkka, Oslo centre and Grønland, whereby it finally ends at Paulsenkaien and Oset in Bjørvika. The river is considered to be a part of the Nordmarkvassdraget. The entire river is about 8.2 kilometres long, and has a difference in altitude of approximately 149 meters. Earlier, the river gave power to numerous industry companies in Oslo.
Today Akerselven is «Oslo’s green lung”; many parks and nature trails are to be found by its path, from Grønland to Maridalsvannet. A walk along Akerselven from the rural Frysja down through the different parts of Oslo all the way down to the city centre is an amazing experience and a walk through the history of Oslo. Salmon run and spawn in the upper part of the river. Only a few years ago, it was few to believed that Akerselva would be named as one of the world’s most exciting tourist attractions, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Lonely Planet and The Guardian.
Places ti visit near Akerselva
Christian Radich - Windjammer
Christian Radich was built as a sail training ship: the orlops (dormitories) had capacity for berthing 80-90 students, a large galley for learning to cook, carpentry training, and earlier there was also a machine shop on board for the training of engineers. The purpose of the training ship was to train sailors. The vessel is a full-rigged three-masted steel hull. Under engine power, Christian Radich reaches a top speed of 10 knots, while she can make up to 14 knots under sail. The ship also appeared as herself in the 1970s BBC TV series The Onedin Line, as one of James Onedin’s ships
The Christian Radich and its Norwegian crew were filmed while sailing from Oslo, via the island of Madeira, across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, to New York City, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and then back home to Bergen in Norway.
The Fairytale Castle on the peninsula Bygdøy
The summer palace of Oscarshall is located on the peninsula of Bygdøy in Oslo. The palace was commissioned by King Oscar I and Queen Joséphine, and was completed in 1852. Today it is the property of the state and is placed at the disposal of the King. All visitors to Oscarshall summer palace may also visit the Queen Joséphine Gallery, which was officially opened by Queen Sonja on 13 June 2013. Visitors may also visit the gallery without also visiting the summer palace, free entry. The café is located in the same building as the gallery and features both indoor and outdoor seating.
For guided tours in English, contact: Liv Bog: liv.bog[at]slottet.no or mobile 952 86 155 – Oscarshall (during opening hours): 917 02 361 – Fax: 22 04 87 83
Oscarshall Photo Tour
Damstredet - a pictoresque street
Damstredet are populated with charming, colourful wooden and brick houses, built by migrants to the town at the end of the 18th century. The erea is excellently preserved, like a museum, but alive with real people living there. Here you can walk into narrow alleys full of fragrant flowers. There are basically no tourists here, mostly people living closeby walking these streets. On top of the Damstredet, there is a small pond and some benches around – a nice place to relax in summertime.
And if you already here, visit Vår Frelsers Gravlund (Our Saviour Cemetery), located just across the street. In the area you also find the medieval church Gamle Aker kirke.
Places to visit near Damstredet
Visit Bogstad Manor
The history of the estate dates back to 1649. Bogstad remained in the same family from its establishment in 1649 until it was presented to the Bogstad Foundation in 1955 as a public museum administered under the aegis of the Norsk Folkemuseum. Bogstad Manor holds a central position in Norwegian history, both as an industrial estate and as a centre during important periods of our political history. Landowner and proprietor Mr. Peder Anker and his descendants, the Wedel Jarlsberg family, have handed down to posterity a beautiful home, with its original interiors almost unchanged and today open to the public. Bogstad can be visited by the public all year round. During the summer months several family activities take place, mostly on sundays.
The museum is open for guided tours from May-September, Tuesday-Sunday at 1 pm and 2 pm. Guided tours are in Norwegian, but foreign guests are provided with an English pamphlet.
The cafe, shop and spesial exhibitons are open year around, Tuesday-Sunday 12 pm-4 pm
Discover Oslo on a City Bike
The way to experience Oslo in a top-notch way
This is the complete sightseeing experience. With this card the “Hop on hop off busses or trains” brings you right to the doorstep to all the big museums and attractions of Oslo. It also includes discounts on different shops and restaurants in the centrum of Oslo.
Visit The Holocaust Senter Villa Grande at Bygdøy
The Fate of the Norwegian Jews During the Second World War
Visit the center’s main exhibition, on the Holocaust and the fate of the Norwegian Jews during the Second World War. Images, sounds, objects and text document the genocide on the European Jews, as well as the mass murder and persecution of other groups and minorities during the era of National Socialism. During the Second World War, Vidkun Quisling resided at Villa Grande and renamed the building Gimle. From 1942 until the end of the war the building was a symbol of oppression, violence and barbarism. The exhibition which today is located in the building is the first to present a general picture of the fate of Norwegian Jews during the Second World War. The exhibition has a broad perspective, also focusing on other victims persecuted as a result of Nazi politics. An important aim of the exhibition is to foster discussion about the present.
The International Museum of Children´s Art in Oslo
Art collection contains art works by children from more than 180 countries.
Towards the forest at the Munch Museum
Nobel Peace Prize 2016 to Juan Manuel Santos
Opera, Dance & Ballet in Oslo
The National Gallery in Oslo
Albertine at the Police Doctor’s Waiting Room; finished 1887, is the title of a naturalist painting by Norwegian artist Christian Krohg, showing the scene in a waiting room. The painting is regarded as Krohg’s principal work as a social painter. The painting touched the taboo subject of sexual life, and led to a heated debate among his contemporaries. The format of the painting is unusually large; people are portrayed in full scale. The painting is held in the National Gallery in Oslo. The painting depicts a situation in the police doctor’s waiting room. «Albertine» is the next person to enter the examination room. She is dressed in a simple costume, in contrast to the other women in the room, who are dolled up in colorful dresses, typical of the prostitutes of the period. Christian Krohg was inspired by the ideas of the realists. He chose motives primarily from everyday life – often its darker or socially inferior sides.
An artwork of more than 400 000 bricks
Art Outside Oslo Spektrum
Much of the city’s magic is often a bit of the visual field we usually use when we rush through the city streets. We passed the brick building without reflecting noteworthy that the façade of Oslo Spektrum is actually a huge and very beautiful artwork.
Oslo City Museum
The World's Oldest Paddle Steamer
PS Skibladner is a paddle steamer operating on lake Mjøsa in Norway. Skibladner is a sidewheel design, and her maiden voyage was on 2 August 1856, making her the world’s oldest paddle steamer still in timetabled service, with live steam engines, paddle wheels and a speed of 12 knots. «Skibladner» is the pride of Norway’s inland, and one of Norway’s best-loved tourist attractions. You can easily make a day trip on her if you are staying in the Oslo area – or planning to visit Lillehammer. Not to be missed!