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  • Writer's pictureGunnar Garfors

The bridges over Oslo’s river

What do I do when I not travel? I am, contrary to popular belief, actually quite fond of Oslo, the city in which I live. I have walked, hiked, biked and jogged almost everywhere in town and written articles about what to do here. One of the things you really ought to do is walk along Akerselva, or Aker River.

It’s probably the most beautiful and peaceful walk in town.

The river’s source is a 3.7 square kilometer large lake called Maridalsvatnet, 149 meters above sea level. It flows into the Oslo fjord 8.2 kilometers away.

There are paths on boths sides along most of the river, and it is excellent to hike along all or parts of it. You will then notice a number of bridges and other constructions crossing the river. Most of these you can use.

But how many bridges and man-made constructions do actually cross the river?

I decided to find out on a beautiful Sunday in May. Spring has come to town. I was equipped by nothing more than a camera and a bike. I biked to the lake and started my slow decent.

But how to count? A bride or a construction counts as one as long as it is is not somehow split up. In other words, if sunshine comes between two constructions, they no longer count as one. The river is covered by buildings and bridges that have “melted” together on two places. Even though they are very wide, they still count only as one each.

And a person must be able to cross. I managed to cross all of them, but four. Access was blocked off, but they are still technically crossable if permission is obtained, and I have therefore counted all four.

Then, to the count.

Any other ace walks in Oslo?

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