Monday, April 09, 2007

Oslo off the beaten track: Akerselva (Aker River)

As Paris is divided by the Seine, and London is divided by the Thames, Oslo is cut into an East and a West End by Akerselva. But compared to these two famous rivers, it is merely a small brook or stream, stretching for only 5 miles from Maridalsvannet to the Oslo fjord.

Twenty years ago it was nearly an open sewer, heavily polluted by the industry that has been situated by its banks from the latter half of the 19th Century. The last years there has been a clean up , and now you can walk along the river and see the sights of its history in its whole length.

I will take you along a short stretch of the river and show you just a few of the sights on the way.

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