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Address: Hovedoya, Oslo 102, Norway
Phone Number: +47 98 40 56 50
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Description: Island with medieval ruins, cafe, hiking trails.

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Interesting old ruins that are well marked and all historic places have explanations in several languages

This is where the locals go to the beach. A pretty island with nice walking lanes and several beaches all around the island. A small little cafe that sells water, juice, cakes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Yardley, Pennsylvania

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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is where the locals go to the beach. A pretty island with nice walking lanes and several beaches all around the island. A small little cafe that sells water, juice, cakes, ice cream and sandwichs

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Palmefossen
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Here you can see the relics of an old cisterciense monastery founded in 1147, stroll in the woods, lie down on one of the beaches or have something to eat and drink at the cafe. The island is easily reached by ferry from Oslo harbour, Aker brygge.

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Baldock
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Hovdoya is the largest and nearest island to Oslo city Hall and is accessed by boat from Pipavika. Popular with the local schools for children's trips. Some nice bays, pleasant walks, ruins of an old cloisters and a cafe. Boat trip comes free with the Oslo pass

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Take the ferry from Aker Brygge, only 5 minutes and you're there! No cars, no motorcycles - only walking. And it's possible to walk around the island. Take a dip in the fresh sea, relax in the grass, at the beach or at the cliffs. Enjoy quiet surroundings, only a few minutes away from busy downtown

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Trondheim, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

A must visit in Oslo during summer, when the weather is nice. Only five minutes by boat, freequent service. Same price as the bus. The island is big, and even on hot days when there's a lot of people there, it doesn't get too crowded. Large areas where you can play football, frisbee or just lie in the grass. Nice... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

There were many islands you could visit by ferry from Oslo, but Hovedoya was my favorite. It had beautiful hiking trails, ruins of a nearly 1000 year-old monastery to explore, sand beaches, and lots of picturesque rocky shores. We didn't try the café, but why would you want to when you can picnic on the beach?

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Delta, BC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We loved the walk around the island and the church ruins however I wouldn't bother with the cafe there. The service was terrible. Bring your own lunch and drinks.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Lots of tourists go there so I would recommend going to the beaches on one of the other islands. There is an ancient church there from 1100 AD, and it is very well-preserved.

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Westlake Village, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I wanted to take a ferry to a place where locals go on weekends or holidays. This is the place. It was not crowded because I went on a weekday, though there were families with small children and teenagers on the beach. There are a couple of open, sandy beaches and many nooks and crannys for beach goers who want... More 

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Can be reached via public transport boats to this island. Peaceful natural setting. Great place to watch the Sun set and beautiful hues on the water and sky. Carry your lunch and spend a day or evening on this island. Best place to relax and walk around.

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