25 September 2014
Every year, in Oslo an event called ‘River walk by torchlight’ is organized, to celebrate the autumnal equinox – when night and day have the same length. All electric lights are turned off along the river, from all the way up North and they are replaced by thousand of torches and/or candles.
The walk is about 8km long, but you can join in at any point and still catch the magical atmosphere, especially now that the event has 3 different starting points. It tends to get crowded the closer to the center you get, hence it has happened that I get easily lost from my friends. But it was always an enjoyable experience since I’ve seen so many unique events along this river walk.
I saw fakirs doing magic with fire and sharp objects, I saw amazing dances, I saw concerts by small choir or orchestra in which everyone had a small lamp on their head to light the notes. I saw a concert with a really weird instrument that was producing sounds as the hand was moved up and down in the air. I saw really neat decorations in the trees, in the grass or simply on the water as the organizers tried to raise awareness on various aspects of life. And the waterfalls by the river offer a breathtaking sight at night.
The weather in September tends to be decent for this event, but it’s still nice to have at least a jacket with you.