This weekend there was still no snow in Oslo, so I decided to take advantage and go for a walk with my camera. Without making any real plans I took the T-Bane up to Nydalen and ended up walking the 4.5km home along the river.
Akerselva flows through Oslo for about 8km and forms the dividing line between west and east. Much of the river is surrounded by parkland (Akerselva miljøpark) and in the summer it's a beautiful walk.
And likewise in the winter!
As the river winds it way past some of Oslo's industrial past you are forced up onto street level, which is no bad thing as it allows you to discover some cute little coffee shops off the beaten track. Underneath a modern apartment block in Torshov (I think) I stumbled across the wonderful Latin American themed Copa Con Oro (Cup of Gold) – well worth checking out if you're in the area. As well as a mean latte, it looks like they serve cocktails, beers and cooked meals too.
When I rejoined Akerselva at about 3pm the sky was darkening and I found myself on familiar territory – a riverside bar/restaurant called Månefisken (The Moonfish) which overlooks the river tumbling down a steep drop past some beautiful old factory buildings.
There were plenty of people out for a walk, like me making the most of a very rare snow-free December weekend. The city centre might be quiet on Sunday afternoons, but the river is bustling! As I neared home the sky darkened more, so I detoured into my local bar Blå for their usual Sunday flea market, albeit with a more festive theme!
Despite being a stone's throw from home I rejoined the river for the brief stroll through Grünerløkka up to Eventyrbrua, the bridge of adventues/fairytales. The river continues downtown towards Grønland, but here my walk ended for the day, mainly because I was cold! My iPhone informs me I took 8,992 steps from Nydalen to home, I was disappointed not to have made 10,000!
I'm told it's worth walking further up a few kilometres further upriver to it's beginnings near the Norsk Teknisk Museum (Norwegian Museum of Science, Technology & Medicine) at Kjelsås. I really enjoy my river walks so that's something I'll do, but perhaps I'll leave it to the summer…