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

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Nice little island

Try "ø-hopping" if you have a spare day. You will see some fantastic small islands on this trip - there are 6 islands total. This one and Gressholmen are the best.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Peter B
Nesodden Municipality, Norway
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Nesodden Municipality, Norway
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58 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Try "ø-hopping" if you have a spare day. You will see some fantastic small islands on this trip - there are 6 islands total. This one and Gressholmen are the best.

Thank Peter B
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44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Went to Hovedoya in November and was somewhat disappointed. The island itself is quite small and the only interesting part is the ruins. Otherwise not much to do except wander for half an hour. I imagine in the summer time it would be much more enjoyable with the potential to swim.

Thank Mike D
Montreal, Canada
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

A peaceful walk through nature just a short boat ride away from downtown Oslo (buy your tickets at, and depart from, one of the piers between Aker Brygge and the Akershus fortress). However, nothing out of the ordinary for someone from Canada - except for the monastery ruins, which were mildly interesting but lacked any context or information (plaques, etc).... More 

Thank Can-uh-duh-eh
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Absolutely lovely day only 10 min away from Oslo. Great for a walk and chat with a friend. Nice views of Oslo. We were very lucky, the weather was great too. Perfect place for a picknik on warmer days.

Thank Gosia P
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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Just a short ferry trip which is included in your 24 hour Ruter city pass. The restaurant on the island closes early Oct, which was a pity - looks really nice. Easy walk from the jetty via the ruined monastery to small beaches, it must be lovely in summer. Crystal clear water, peace and quiet, lots of people fishing. Take... More 

2 Thank Paul W
Chatteris, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

With only 4 days in Oslo and being a museum magnet my days were packed but I was determined to get to Hovedoya. I ended up taking a ferry out in the evening and stayed till the 10.30pm one back, walking round the ruins and just relaxing by the water edge with a book. I'd recommend if you do choose... More 

1 Thank Digsnaptravel
Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Go along with the locals on the small ferryboats to the near islands of Oslo city. You can choose between small islands like Hovedøya, Gressholmen, Lindøya and Langøyene. They are all different: Hovedøya used to harbor the old cistercienser monastery in the medieval ages. Only the ruins remain. Gressholmen is in fact three islands connected by the city garbage landfill... More 

1 Thank Grainbeer
London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Nice little island, go to far side for swimming, nice little cafe in centre, can get to island using public transport boats not so expensive

1 Thank Visitor090
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

This is the closest Island to the City of Oslo, you can get a boat from the sea front. Travel is free with an Oslo pass. The Island is absolutely stunning (even on a rainy day) I can imagine on a sunny day this Island can get very busy. There is a lovely café within 5 minutes walk of where... More 

1 Thank Laura A
Surrey, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

You can reach the island by one of the ferries which are part of the public transport system. Use a day pass or a 7 day pass (public transport, the only thing which is really good value in Oslo). You can stay on the ferry from the Town Hall pier and do all four islands, before getting off at Hovedoya.... More 

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