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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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141 reviews 141 reviews
51 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

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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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
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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56 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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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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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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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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13 reviews 13 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 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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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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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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