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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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Fjord island close to Oslo harbor, wildlife reserve and beaches

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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Westlake Village, CA

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Westlake Village, CA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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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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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Very nice small and quiet place.I can not believe such small island and it is nice place for picnic in a sunny day.

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Oslo, Norway
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

love the proximity, a quick boat ride from the dock in Oslo. love the beach, and the cafe on the island has great food

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

On the warm sunny days in Oslo, skip the museums, pack a lunchbag (grocery store, wine at the "vinmonopolet"), and head out to one of the small islands outside Oslo. The ferries run from outside the Town Hall, and its a cheap short ride! Find a spot by the water and get rejuvenated!

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Apperley Bridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

One of the best things to do in Oslo. Just a short ferry ride from the centre, the island can feel like a world away at times. With beautiful weather, strolling around the island and relaxing in the coves is so peaceful that it is hard to believe you are in Norway's capital city. There are some ruins of an... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Hovedoya is a "must see" if you are visiting Oslo. A short trip on a ferry and you're transported to a very tranquil place. The ruins of the monastery was the main reason we went. They were mentioned in my guide book and I just had to see them. The island itself though is wonderful and there are clearly marked... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

we had took bus from oslo sentral to reach port then took ferry which left us to island, its calm and beautiful place, we went on winter where snow fall happend 2 day before, you can see snow everywhere , which give you feel of white sheet covered the land. there is one old fort which is mostly ruined. keep... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Hop on and off the boat to the islands in oslo fjord. This is probably the most interesting having an old fort sight with cannon and excellent views of passing cruise ships. The old monastery is worth an explore next to it is the islands nature reserve there is a nice beach with bathing opportunities as well as parkland and... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We took ferry from Vippetangen for Hovedoya island. Althoug its the closest island to Oslo, its the last stop for Ferry and hence you get a complete tour of the Oslo Fjord. The island itself is amazingly beautiful and has 800 year old ruins of a monastery. Great place to relax and click some beautiful pictures. Climb to the hill... More 

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Address: Address: Hovedoya, Oslo 102, Norway
Phone Number: +47 98 40 56 50
Location: Europe  >  Norway  >  Eastern Norway  >  Oslo

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