This name was chosen for it's starting point and the destination, Kristiania, which is an old name of Oslo.

I placed a naming contest on Facebook and LinkedIn: "Who can think of a suitable name for the connection route?". The name Kristiansroute wasn't exactly named, but three persons came very close.

Johan Koning was the closest with ‘Kristianspad’ (Kristians path). I did not opt for the 'path', but for route, because it suits a bicycle route better. Route in Dutch and English are the same and sound the same in Norwegian with "rute".  And some of you might start wondering: "How about the Dutch Olavspad (Olav's way)?". That had 'pad' in its name. This name was not from me, but already existed.
Aside from Johan, there are two more people who made the connection with the old name of Oslo: Ageeth Bredewold and Ronald Bijtenhoorn.

In medieval time, Oslo was named 'Ánslo' or 'Áslo' and later 'Óslo' or 'Opslo'. In 1624 the city was largely destroyed by a large fire, but King Christiaan IV from Denmark and Norway, had the city moved a little tot the west and rebuild and gave it the name Christiania after himself.
A small part remained Oslo. According to the official spelling reforms that changed the 'ch' into 'k', The name was changed into Kristiania in 1877. In the same year, Christiansand changed in to Kristiansand as well. In 1925 the name Kristiania was changed back in to Oslo. The Original part of Oslo in the east was called Gamle Oslo or Gamlebyen from then on.

I did some checking if the name Kristiania was a sensitive issue, because of the Danish rule at the time, but it wasn't a sensitive issue. The route is still in the work, but here you can find some information on it: Kristiansroute.

Johan, Ageeth and Ronald will receive a personal message.