After passing Ámot brua bridge one reaches the most beautiful part of the river - in my opinion. Here is a beautiful waterfall called Nedre Vöyenfallene waterfall - and Beierbrua bridge with a lovely statue of Fabrikkjentene or The Factory girls. The factories here were cotton and textile factories from 1846 until 1955. The river was coloured by the colours used in the factory - it is said that even the rats changed colours - they were either blue, green or violet in colour, depending on the colour being used dying the textile in the factory.
I love what the Norwegians have made out of this area - here are bars and restaurants and it is so cozy sitting here by the river. The red painted house opposite the factories is called Hönse-Lovisas hus (house) - a former home, but is now a café/gallery.
This is a highly recommended area to visit - it is just an adorable area of Oslo. It is also lovely walking along Sagveien with its old houses.
I visited this area again in mid April 2013. The lakes were still frozen and had just begun to thaw and the river and waterfall looked like a glacial river. I have added a short video of it.
There is a lovely walk up Akerselva river with all its bridges and waterfalls and old factories.
Since there was construction work by the river in 2012 one has to start the walk by Ankerbrua bridge. That bridge has got 4 statues on each corner of the bridge - they are lovely - and naked like most of the statues in Oslo. The bronze statues were made in 1937 and back then they caused a lot of controversy - seeing that they were naked.
Ankerbrua bridge is named after one of Oslo´s richest families, the Anker family. It is sometimes called the Fairy tale bridge (eventyrbrua) because the statues are Norwegian fairytale figures, made by Dyre Vaa.
My last photo is of poor quality. By it an old gypsie lady sat day in, day out and I could never get a decent photo of it. The gypsies hang out by the river and the church next to the bridge. I think they sleep here as well. I was finally able to get a decent last photo on my second visit in 2013.
Above the bridge is an old factory, which is now housing DogA (see my tip).
Dyna Fyr (Dyna Lighthouse) is located right outside the Bygdoy peninsula. We happened to see it, as our Cruise Ship sailed close by. It has been here since 1874, and it looked so cute, a great place for a wedding reception. We could see all the tables and chairs set outside like something was happening "that" day.
The Lighthouse can be booked for private parties for 20-40 guests, from 1 April until Christmas. Must be booked well in advance. Guests are picked up by boat from the City Hall Pier.
Once you pass DogA you cross a small bridge and take the path to the left, which then leads you to my favourite place in Oslo, Ingens gate and the café Blá and the art work in the trees and on the river. There is a big wooden statue of a naked man in one tree - it cannot be missed really ;)
Then the path leads one up to the street Nordre gate and Grunerbrua bridge. It is not possible to walk by the river at this point, it can be crossed by a small bridge though close to the silos, which are now used as student-apartments. The path then leads you to Grunerhagen park where one can again walk by the river. In this park there is a big celebration on the 17th of May - Constitutional day. It used to be a fancy private park with peacocks and fruit-trees.
Here is Vulkan, which was an old smithy factory in 1873 and was the first factory where steel-bridges were made, but this area has now turned into a sport local and "Dansens Hus" or The House of Dance.
Here is also Nedre Foss - or the Lower waterfall, which is the first (or last) waterfall in Akerselva.
Further up is another lovely waterfall by the old sailcloth factory in 1858 - which now houses Kunsthögskolen i Oslo - The National Academy of the Arts. This building used to be the second biggest building in Oslo - second only to Slottet - The Royal palace.
The next bridge is Ámot bru bridge.
Walking further up - there are more factories by the river, one called Myrens Verksted (workshop), which was a factory repairing "things" for other factories, like turbines.
Here are also the Lilleborg factories, which manufactured soaps.
The multicoloured silos are Björnsen Valsemölle´s silos from 1939. I ended my trip up the river here as it was getting dark and it was getting more and more difficult finding the path up the river. So I crossed the Treschowsbru bridge, which is a modern bridge very high up. I hope I am not mistaking with the name of the bridge - if somebody knows it to be called by another name, then please do correct me. It just seems to be such a new modern bridge and when I was reading up on it then it sounded like an old bridge.
By now we are way up in the district of Oslo called Sandaker. I wanted to see the factories on the other side of the river so I walked a bit in Sandaker until I found a street leading back down to the river. I love what they have done with the factories - and on this particular spot by the river they have turned them into apartments with a lovely square.
Further up the river are more factories and the biggest waterfall in the river, 16 metre´s high, but it cannot be seen as it is closed in by the factory. I would have loved to see it, seeing that it was called Little Niagara, and it was supposed to be my final destination on my trip, so I was quite disappointed finding out that it was closed in. But all in all this walk by Akerselva river is fantastic and highly recommended.
Walking up the river following the sign Mariedalen one encounters the oldest factory building by the river. The yellow Glad´s mölle, dating back to 1736, a paper mill owned by 1798-1858 by Frederik Glad. The factory was closed in the 1870s. The mill is preserved.
Further up one has to cross the street by Vöyenbrua bridge and there was the first water intake of the city dating back to before 1624. A tree-waterpipe was laid down to Akerhus festning fortress. 7 waterpipes have been laid here down to Akerhus through the centuries, the last one in 1845. By the bridge is a funny house called the Skyscraper painted in blue sky colour with clouds painted on it :)
This bridge is called Aamodt bru bridge dating back to 1855 and has been in this location since 1962, but its first location was by Snarumselva river in Aamot in Buskerud. The cost of this bridge caused scandals and a court case. There is a plaque on the bridge saying: "100 mand kan jeg bære men svigter under taktfast marsch".
Aamodt bridge was the first suspension bridge in Norway. The bridge was supposed to be the entrance to the Tecnhological museum, but after a lot of fighting the bridge ended up here and the museum at an other place. There seems to have been a lot of controversy regarding this poor beautiful bridge by Akerselva river.
The Aamodt bridge is located at the upper end of Grünerhagen park.
By Torshov district in Oslo lies Torshovsdalen valley with a beautiful view of Oslo city. On a sunny day it is lovely sitting there. It is a long valley with hillsides, pure nature, not a park, but there are some benches there.
At the end closer to the city center there is Rosenhof skole (one has to cross the street to get to it) where immigrants learn Norwegian. It was built in 1916, but back then there was a shortage of accommodation in Oslo, so instead of using it right away for teaching, it became a home for a lot of people who had nowhere to live and only in 1919 it was taken in use as a school.
I got a map at the library of this area. It is free and big and came in very handy with good information on each area.
On the other side of the valley is Sinsen district, and a motorway lies right by the valley and Sinsenskrysset is right by the far upper end of the valley, by Dag Hammarskjölds vei street and Trondheimsveien street. Sinsenskrysset dates back to the Middle ages and the farmers passed through here with their produce from their farms to the market place in Oslo. There must have been some trading going on as on the way back they brought with them tobacco, coffee, salt, herring and sukker. By Sinsenkrysset the horses could rest and drink water - it must have been quite a lively place back in those days, especially if the farmers got drunk in town. My last photo is taken close to where the Sinsenkrysset was located. I tried to find the exact location but got lost in underpasses and motorways ;)
One afternoon I took a public ferry to the island of Gressholmen which is located in the Oslo Fjord. The trip took about 15 minutes.
Gressholmen with its green vegetation is a lovely place to take a rest from the busy city life. It is famous for its numerous small black bunnies. I saw many of them and they are not very frightened. So taking a photo is not too much of a problem.
Gressholmen can be reached by the public ferry no. 93 from Vippetangen. Every public transportation ticket is valid on the public ferries. No extra charge is necessary.
The peninsula Bygdoy is home to many museums of Oslo. These are all located at the eastern side of Bygdoy, whereas the less touristy west side offers excellent sandy beaches and lovely rocky bays. The coastline is often referred to as Paradise Bay (Pardisbukta).
Bygdoy can be reached by the public ferry no. 91 from the Radhuskaien or by bus no. 30.
Just above the famous Holmenkollen ski jump arena a nice Norwegian wooden chapel (Holmenkollen Kapell) can be found.
In summer time it is a bit hidden in the forest. It is well worth-seeing and as it is located on a little hill, the area around the chapel offers panoramic views of Oslo's city centre.
The bridge was originally built from wood. That was around 1875 and in 1937 four sculptures in Bronze was added. These sculptures have their origin in our Norwegian fairy tales. These are Peer Gynt, Little
Freddy with the Fiddle Katie Woodencloak(Cinderella) and the white bear king Valemon.
The industrial revolution in Norway started at the Aker River around 1840. The river gave us the power to form the new industry.
Before we could ever use the electricity, the fabric buildings had to be placed near the river place. A growing town meant more work and markets. The first fabrics made cloths paper and miller
Even if there was a flourishmen of industry around the river , most of the workers lived in poverty. Their salary was low and almost no family could live on only one income.
Most children in the working class families had to work outside home. Being a worker at the age of 10 was not unusual. The fabrics was a loudly place to be, it was dusty and full of pollution. And because of bad sanitation, all kind of sicknesses flourished. As a consequence of that , the kids did not have enough time for school work and sleep. in 1829 a new law finally came. A law which made it clear that kids under the age of 12 were not allowed to work at any fabric and they're were not allowed to work more than six hours each day.
Walking along Akerselva( the Aker river).
The river is 8 km long, and forms an end to the Nordmarksvassdraget region which stretches 47 km from Puttungen in Jevnaker out to the Oslo fjord. The river finds many natural and manmade falls on its way towards the sea.
The Aker river has always symbolized a geographical separation between east and west part of town. Even now we still find this distinction when it comes to apartment taxes. But this separation is about to be dissolved
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