Alnaelva - primeval forest in the middle of Oslo
The Alna River starts in the Alnsjøen in Lillomarka and flows into the Oslo Fjord. Between Bryn and Vålerenga it passes through Svartdalsparken, and this is where you get to experience being in a protected primeval forest, in the middle of the city.
Since the river is hidden from roads and buildings in many places, this river is not as well known as the Akerselven.
In Svartdalsparken, the sounds of traffic are replaced by sounds of water, wind and animals. Although it is a short distance to the nearest settlement, one does not notice it.
The walk through the park is only a few kilometers, but it provides a comfortable respite.
There is a hiking trail along large parts of the Alnaelva river. It is possible to follow it all the way from Ammerud to the outlet in the Oslofjord, although parts of it are laid below ground.
The route through Svartdalsparken is well organized with hiking trails and built walkways.
At Vålerenga the big city takes control again.
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Excursion of the week: Hike along the Alnaelva river through Svartdalsparken
For: Everyone. Stroller and wheelchair are ok.
Length: about 2 kilometers through the park, but about 8 kilometers from Bryn to the fjord.
Get there: Take the subway line 1, 2, 3 or 4 from the center to Brynseng station. Follow the signs from the station to Svartdalsparken. From here, follow the trail along the river until you come out of the park on the other side. From here you can either return the same way and take the subway back to the city center, or follow the road down to the Old Town and the city center.