Grünerløkka is a district of the city of Oslo. Grünerløkka became part of the city of Oslo (then Christiania) in 1858. Grünerløkka is a traditional working class district, but from the late 20th century a gentrification process has taken place in the area. Although it is located in the East End, it has a relatively high price level today compared to other East End areas.

Grünerløkka lies on the east side of the river, behind the old industrial buildings. Here you will discover numerous little cafés, restaurants and bars. Grünerløkka is also a popular shopping district, with original design shops and many vintage and second-hand stores.

Just north of Grünerløkka you find Torshov, with the culture centres Soria Moria and Trikkestallen. Torshov is a quiet area with large parks and relaxed cafés.

Through Oslo, from north to south, runs the river Akerselva. Along the river there are parklands and walking trails, but also remains of Oslo’s industrial history.


The neighbourhood has its own sports club, Grüner, which was founded in 1914 with ice hockey and football (soccer) as the most important activities. Grüner Fotball plays its home games in Dælenenga idrettsplass and currently is part of the third division of the Norwegian football system. The ice hockey team plays the home games at Grünerhallen.

Akerselva River

Akerselva river flows through Oslo. It starts at Maridalsvannet in Oslomarka, and follows the urban areas Nordre Aker, Sagene, Grünerløkka, Oslo centre and Grønland, whereby it finally ends at Paulsenkaien and Oset in Bjørvika. The river is considered to be a part of the Nordmarkvassdraget and is about 8.2 kilometres long.

Akerselva river is called “Oslo´s green lung” and many parks and nature trails are to be found by its path, from Grønland to Maridalsvannet. A walk from along Akerselva river from the rural Frysja down through the different parts of Oslo all the way down to the city centre is an amazing experience and a walk through the history of Oslo. Earlier, the Akerselva river gave power to numerous industry companies in Oslo. Salmon run and spawn in the upper part of the river.