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This river is the border between the city of Oslo and Akershus Fylke.

The photo is taken from Lysaker in the municipality of Baerum and the buildings across the river are in Oslo. Lysakerelva (the Lysaker River) has its source in Bogstadvannet (Bogstad Water) and is around 8 kilometres long. It flows out into the Lysaker Fjord, part of the Oslo Fjord.

There is evidence that the river has been used for mills since the 12th century, and probably earlier. The old name of the river was Få (Norse Fǫð), which means "fence" or "boundary". In the 18th century, Bogstadvannet was also known as Faavandet.

By 1660, twelve farms had claims to the hydromechanical power generated by the river.

There was a mill here too and at the other end of the bridge (in Oslo), you can see two mill stones, mounted on a vertical axis. They are rolling on a horizontal stone and grinding whatever comes between them. I don´t know the neither the Norwegian nor the English for this kind of equipment, but in Swedish this is called a ”kollergång”. They used to be used in the paper industry, grinding wood into cellulosic fibres.

Another view as WS.

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