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Byhavna- The City harbor

Byhavna- The City harbor

Photo: Patrik Kleivdal

The harbor promenade is a popular recreation area along Oslo's seafront. Covering almost 6 miles, it is one of the world's longest harbor walkways. The promenade and harbor provide excellent views of the fjord, access to maritime cultural history, the Akershus fortress, modern architecture and a window on the lives of Norwegian citizens.

Port of Oslo is the largest landowner along the promenade, and actively develops its property for the benefit of residents and tourists. Ongoing development of the port will see the promenade extended east to Grønlia and Filipstad to the west.


Bjørvika has become an attractive area that includes new housing and commercial development around the Opera House, and the Barcode and Sørenga districts. These areas were previously owned and managed by the port. Port of Oslo continues to develop land through the wholly owned subsidiary, HAV Eiendom AS. The company was established in 2003 to participate in the urban development of Bjørvika. This development was triggered by the Norwegian parliament’s decision in 1999 to construct a new opera house in Bjørvika, Oslo City Council's decision in 2000 to develop Fjordbyen, and White Paper 28 (2001 - 2002), On the development of Bjørvika.

Read more about Fjordbyen. (Norwegian)

Grønli Kaia

The Port of Oslo will also develop Grønli Kaia through HAV Eiendom. The area will feature residential housing and recreation areas with sunset views. This new district lies under Ekebergåsen, facing the sea. Development will see the harbor promenade extended, allowing foot and bicycle traffic to travel from Grønli Kaia to Bjørvika. A buffer zone will be established between the city and cargo port at the Alnas River between Bjørvika and Sydhavna.  This buffer zone will mark the terminus of the harbor promenade.  


Port of Oslo is the largest landowner in Filipstad. This new and central district will include a harbor promenade, recreation areas, housing, kindergartens, restaurants, commercial buildings, shops and new ferry terminal for Color Line. Bane Nor Eiendom owns the northern area by the railway line. Oslo City Council aims to make this new district a world leader in sustainability, environment and quality of life.


Southeast of Akershus fortress, Vippetangen extends into Oslo Fjord. The name probably comes from a centuries old, navigational beacon that once stood on this site. Vippetangen will be part of Fjordbyen making more land available for public use in the future. Port of Oslo is working with the municipality on a plan to develop the area. The ferry terminal will be modernized to blend better with the new, urban environment. The development aims to preserve existing buildings on the site, including repurposing an old silo, and other attractions to enhance the community.  At Vippetangen you will find Port of Oslo’s administrative buildings, Skur 38 and Fiskehallen.


Akershusstranda is a popular anal attractive area near the town hall square, Rådhusplassen. Here, past and present meet under the watchful gaze of Akershus fortress. This is the homeport of the school ship, Christian Radich and the Oslo Maritime Kulturvernsenters collection of antique and classic vessels. The area is being renewed, and is home to many popular clubs and bars.  Søndre Akershuskai has a cruise terminal with a shopping and information center.  

Rådhusbryggene and Pipervika

In front of Oslo City Hall and City Hall Square (Rådhusplassen) are four jetties known collectively as Rådhusbryggene. From here you can take public ferries to various islands in Oslo Fjord including, Bygdøy and Nesodden. This area also serves as a marina for charter boats, antique and classic vessels as well as commercial fishing boats. Honnørbrygga lies between pier 2 and 3. This short pier is used to receive heads of state arriving in Oslo by sea. Ormsund Bekkelagsbadet at Ormsund is a buffer zone between port facilities at Ormsundkaia and the residential Bekkelaget neighborhood. This zone features an activity park with diving boards, jetty, athletic court, parkour facilities and green areas. Here the locals bathe year round. Port of Oslo owns and manages Bekkelagsbadet.


In 2003, Port of Oslo sold Tjuvholmen to the developer, Selvaag / Asplin Ramm. The sale marked an important milestone for Fjordbyen. Following a competition to create a concept, investors and architects worked on proposals to develop the area. Port of Oslo donated almost half the funds it received from the sale, (430 million of 900 million NOK), as a gift to the city of Oslo.  These funds helped retire the deficit of the Astrup Fearnly Museum and further its development. This gift also contributed funds to the Tjuvtitten Tower, beach and park facilities, high-quality urban spaces, purchase of sculptures, and the establishment of mussel reefs to help purify the water.

Aker Brygge

Aker Brygge is an attractive meeting place for Oslo residents and tourists. Along this section of the harbor promenade, you will find housing, a shopping center, office space, restaurants, museums and a guest harbor. Aker Brygge is located in the former yard area of ​​Aker's mechanical workshop, shut down in 1982. Norwegian Property is the primary owner of Aker Brygge. This area has not been developed by Port of Oslo.