The most famous river of Oslo is undoubtedly Akerselva, with its historical importance to the industrial development of the city. However, the lesser-known Lysakerelva is definitely not less beautiful. It’s a 7-kilometer-long river bordering the neighboring municipality of Bærum at the western end of Oslo.
Lysakerelva river has well-preserved forest on both sides, giving a good glimpse of Norwegian nature inside the country’s largest city. The white-throated dipper, Norway’s national bird, is a common sight when walking along the trail. The walk starts at Bogstadvannet lake and finishes at Sollerud beach, 145 meters lower, with several beautiful waterfalls along the way. The highest waterfall is Jarfossen at 22 meters high, and on a hot summer day – yes! Oslo does have hot days – bring your bathing suit for a refreshing swim in its clear waters. A good surprise at the end of the route is the impressive 12-meter-high Granfossen waterfall, close to the cozy new café Møllerfossen.
A walk at Lysakerelva is good to combine with a visit to Bogstadgård Manor at Bogstadvannet lake, or you can skip it and start the walk from the T-Bane stop Ekraveien (Line 2 Østerås), crossing the little Grinidammen bridge to the opposite side of the river where the trail goes further down along the river. Enjoy the walk!