Aker Brygge is a nice waterfront area with some amazing views of the Oslo fjord, the Akerhuis Fortress, Oslo Opera House and Oslo City Hall. Walk along the busy promenade all the way from the fortress to the Astrup Fearnley Museet to get the full experience. One day when we visited, every place was packed, the weather was hot, and there were people swimming right off the docks. This is also where you can catch ferries to the islands in the Oslo fjord which makes a really nice break from the city.
The harbour area is packed and super-touristy, hosts gigantic cruise ships, and as a result places tend to be overpriced. I wouldn't bother eating, drinking or shopping along here unless you know where you're going. We had breakfast one morning at a French restaurant along the boardwalk, the service was snotty, and the food was bland and overpriced. The taco truck lunch we had was good but also expensive even by Oslo standards. The amount of lame chain restaurants like T.G.I.Friday's and Hard Rock Cafe Oslo are a dead giveaway that authentic and reasonably priced food is probably hard to find here. But the best parts of Aker Brygge are free: the beautiful waterfront, the fresh salty breeze, the views and the interesting history.
Built around an abandoned shipyard, Oslo'a Aker Brygge area is the heart and soul of the city. Bustling and vibrant day and night, its stunning architecture - that magnificent blend of new and old that perfectly compliments Norway's stunning natural beauty - is everywhere on display, and everywhere breathtaking. It's estimated that 12 million visitors find their way to Aker Brygge every year, drawn by its sea-front boardwalk, fine shopping, great restaurants, and cozy year-round patio bars with their snug rugs and fireplaces. While visiting, be sure to pop into the newly opened Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, just at Tjuvholmen.
The pedestrian zone along the harbour is called Akker Brygge and is famous with its restaurants and cafes. I bet it's really pleasant to have a walk during the sunny summer but at -13 degrees with strong wind along the fjord it's better just to skip it.
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There are quite a lot of statues and art-work by Aker Brygge. One of which is a man walking on stilts in the ocean.
On one square there is a polar-bear, a big snail and all kinds of statues - and not far from those statues are explicit statues of naked ladies - there are so many naked statues in Oslo, it took me by surprise. Men find it particularly interesting to have their photo taken by this statue - and one can only imagine where their hands are positioned ;)
There is also the statue of Sri Chinmoy by The Eternal Peace Flame and a lot of other statues and small fountains and creeks. Kudos to Oslo for a job well done on Aker Brygge.
On Aker Brygge stands the Eternal Peace Flame with a flame that never gets extinguished. It was originally situated at the Pier of Honour at Oslo harbour, and was given to Oslo by Sri Chinmoy in 2001. It was moved to its current location at Akerbrygge in 2002. Sri Chinmoy visited it at its new location in 2003.
A statue of Sri Chinmoy was unveiled in October 2008 by the flame.
It is amazing really and everybody stops there, especially tourists taking their photo by the flame, I included. Who doesn´t want peace?
Aker Brygge is on of the most crowded areas in Oslo, especially at night, so this is a perfect spot for people to be able to see The Eternal Flame and to pray for peace.
When I was visiting in April 2013 the statue wasn´t there?
This quarter was once part of a big shipyard, neighbouring one of the poorest areas in Oslo. After the shipyard closed, the area has seen a transformation which began in n1982. Today, it has been reconstructed and is one of the more expensive places in the Norwegian capital. A couple of 19th century industrial buildings survive to this date with a new fucntion, most however are late 20th / early 21st century glass and steel monsters. Shops, restaurants, cafés and venues are the dominating sight at Aker Brygge. It's a good place to spend some time, but unless you have a lot of money, not the best place for spending it..
Typical for such new, reconstructed quarters, you can find a lot of sculptures and artwork on the streets. The Eternal Flame of Peace was given to the city by Sri Chinmoi in 2001, a statue of him was unveiled in 2008. The iconous clock which has the shape of a lighthouse marks the entrance to the new-refurbished quarter. It was the original clock from the shipyard. All of them are popular photo motives.
The rehabilitated harbour front is the place to be on a hot summer night; the whole of Oslo seems to have come here clad in its best wardrobe pieces. There are myriad of restaurants and all of them are full. For those in favour of outdoor entertainment, there is the “Dancing under the Stars” spot where people let their inhibitions disappear and follow the rhythm. Most surprising, especially after a visit at the folk museum across the water on Bygdoy, was the choice of music of the middle-aged populace in contemporary Norway. It is rock’n’roll! Can you believe it!
Aker Brygge harbour is one of the most "happening" spots in Oslo. And the most popular place in Norway. It is situated by the ocean right opposite Akerhus festning and from here ferries, boats and ships travel to and from the islands of The Oslo fjord and further on to Denmark f.ex. It is a really hip place with myriads of restaurants, bars and cafés and a shopping center. There are 70 shops here and 50 restaurants.
It is a lovely area really, with so many statues and it is just bustling with life. I love sitting here in a restaurant by the window just looking at the people go by. On the other side of Aker Brygge, not facing the castle, there are even more restaurant and bars, where it is lovely to sit in the evenings in the sun. This is where the young, "hip" people go.
Here you can find "The Eternal Peace Flame" (see my tip).
Aker Brygge is definitely the place to be if you want to meet people or just be around other people.
There is a big clock in Aker Brygge which is kind of a center-piece of the harbour. The clock stands by Pipervika seafront as you enter Aker Brygge - and everybody has its photo taken in front of the clock.
The clock tower looks like a light-house and some even think it is a toilet and try to open the door of the clock lol.
The clock is so majestic somehow both day and night.
Aker Brygge is one of the newer parts of Oslo. It was built on the grounds of the old shipyards. The area is packed with shops, theatres, cinemas and many restaurants and cafes at the harbour front.
Especially on hot sunny summer evenings the cafes and restaurants are crowded with locals and tourists, who like to enjoy Oslo's expensive beer.
In 2002 an Eternal Peace Flame was installed at the so called Pier of Honor of Aker Brygge
Aker Brygge is situated in the harbour of Oslo, just west of the Town Hall.
Tram: 10, 12 - Aker Brygge
when you're in Oslo you have to see Aker Brygge (Aker harbour). There are plenty of restaurants along the harbour and sometimes a fairground for the kids is present.
it was previously the site of an important engineering yard, Aker Mekanisk Verksted, which closed in 1982, this 62000 m2 waterfront erea in Oslo centre became one of Europe's most exciting urban development projects.
Note: the waitresses working along the harbour are usually swedish
update: they’re all Swedish!
Aker Brygge, west of Pipervika in Oslo, was earlier a part of the ship yard Aker Mekaniske Verksted. The whole area was called Holmen.
The ship yard was shut down in 1982 and rebuild to a large shopping center and many apartment buildings. It is a popular harbour area with a shopping center and many outdoors restaurants along the waterside.
Aker Brygge has a small boat harbour and a terminal for the ferries.