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The bees have their own “highway” through Oslo

All thanks to a guild of urban beekeepers, businesses and locals, the bees of Oslo can safely fly across town, all the way from Holmenkollen to Nøklevann lake.


We owe the bees our gratitude for granting us with honey, spreading pollen and fertilising plants. Unfortunately, the bee population is threatened, and the struggle to find places to eat and sleep is especially challenging for the bees in bigger cities.

With that in mind, the urban guild of beekeepers, ByBi, initiated measures to make sure more bees can settle and have good lives in the capital. Like a highway for bees, the “pollinator passage” stretches from Holmenkollen in the north-west, to Nøkkelvann lake in the south-east.

Green roofs, lush parks and strategically placed beehives makes it possible for the bees to find resting places and food almost anywhere in Oslo.

“We are constantly reshaping our environment to meet our needs, forgetting that other species also live in it,” Agnes Lyche Melvær, creator of the “pollinator passage” tells the British newspaper The Guardian.

“To correct that we need to return places to them to live and feed,” she says.

The project with the passage started last summer, and has developed to the point where locals plants flowers on their balconies, erect bug hotels or even their own beehives. There are few dead zones within the city center by now, and only a few places on the map are listed as places ByBi wants new beehives.

Vulkan beehives

Vulkan beehives.
Photo: Finn Ståle Felberg

Two of the most impressive beehives in Oslo are found on top of Dansens hus in the Vulkan neighbourhood of Oslo, right by the river Akerselva. Two beehives designed by Snøhetta, who also designed the Oslo Opera House, are found on the roof there.

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