Once a year, Oslo marks the autumn equinox with a torchlit walk along the Aker River. The annual event is a huge draw for locals and tourists alike.
Pic: Tore Sætre (CC)
As the sun goes down and the lights are shut off, 4,000 torches illuminate the entire length of the Aker River, from its headwaters at Maridalsvannet to its mouth at the city’s Opera House.
Along with this torchlit procession, more than 100 cultural events and performances can be seen on, above, and in the water, as artists and performers use lights, fire, and the flow of the river to create unforgettable images.
Due to its popularity, the river walk can become incredibly crowded as the evening progresses. In some busy areas, like the Nydalen and Grünerløkka neighborhoods, you may find it very slow going along the narrow walkways.
The entire event is only three hours long, so if you want to make sure you have time to stroll the length of the river, then brave your way through the crowds, then see all the exhibitions and events, you’ll need to start early!
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