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Hovedoya

Hovedoya, Oslo 102, Norway
+47 98 40 56 50
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Ranked #22 of 171 Attractions in Oslo
Type: Islands, Outdoors
Owner description: Island with medieval ruins, cafe, hiking trails.
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Type: Islands, Outdoors
Owner description: Island with medieval ruins, cafe, hiking trails.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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81 reviews 81 reviews
50 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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Oslo, Norway
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90 reviews 90 reviews
26 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

There is a boat that takes you out to alle the small islands situated in the Oslo fjord. It is well worth a trip and especially when the sun is shining.

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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Nice Island to walk around & picnic. The ruins of the old monastery were cool and if the weather is nice you can go for a swim!

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Fairfax, Virginia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

With just a short boat ride, you get a nice change from the city. We did this during the week in September, at about mid-morning, and there were very few other people. It is probably more crowded on summer week-ends. At the shore, there are good views of the Oslofjord and other islands. This island has big trees and the... More 

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Chisinau, Moldova
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

So many people go there to lay on the beach that it gets too crowded. Also the water is not the cleanest possible. But it is worth visiting for an hour or so.

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Alabama
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88 reviews 88 reviews
39 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My friends took me to Hovedoya for lunch. The small restaurant has a limited menu but the food was five stars. The ruins are interesting. Wish we had more time to explore.

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18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We had a great time on this little island climbing on and around the ruins. There isn't much information on the fort. Bring snacks, swimsuits, and towels and enjoy a day relaxing in the sun rather than being in a museum.

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Manila
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53 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Our original plan was to visit two islands in the Oslo Fjord, Hovedoya and Gressholmen in the morning for some peace and quiet. We walked to Vippetangen from our hotel and hopped on one of the ferries to Hovedoya using our 24-hour ticket. The trip to the island only took 5 minutes using route 92. The island was lovely although... More 

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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We decided to hop on the ferry to Hovedoya on the last day of our trip to Oslo to escape the people. A beautifully tranquil escape from the city and so close by. I imagine it can get quite bust in the summer, but when we were there was not all that many people around, go and chill out at... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

We arrived here by chance, but it's worth a visit if the weather is nice. It is mainly to walk around the island, and enjoy the nature contact feeling. The people form Oslo go there for spending the afternoon or the whole day. With snacks, barbecues, and suppose wimping in the summer. If you have some free time in Oslo... More 

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