Boasting an eight-kilometre trail that runs through the city, the Akerslava River is a mecca for active locals and travelers. The path is surrounded by lush foliage and waterfalls, creating a beautiful atmosphere in the heart of the city. It's no surprise that Akerselva is known as the “green lung” of Oslo. It remains to be a popular recreation area for biking, walking, running and even swimming. It’s also a great place to scope out industrial architecture, art installations and antiquated bridges.
Akerselva was an important part of Norway’s industrialization during the 19th century. The river provided power to saw mills, mechanical workshops and textile factories. Today, many of these buildings have been transformed into cafes, galleries and schools.
Walking along the trail to downtown Oslo takes about two hours in total. This walk is made even more enjoyable by stopping at Hønse-Lovisas, a café along the path that serves traditional Norwegian waffles.