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Hovedoya

Hovedoya, Oslo 102, Norway
+47 98 40 56 50
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Ranked #23 of 212 attractions in Oslo
Type: Islands
Traveler Description: Hovedoya is a very small island off the coast of Oslo. There are two boat route that land on the North side of the island (#93 and 93). The abbey... 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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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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Manila
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53 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 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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4 attraction reviews
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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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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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Oslo, Norway
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

If you're living in a hotel downtown, the weather is hot, the streets are hot, the buildings even hotter... Wouldn't it be nice to just get away from the burning asphalt and go to an island to BBQ, swim or just enjoy the silence and the sounds of the sea? Well... Technically it's a fjord and not a sea, but... More

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lunde i telemark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Just a few minutes by ferry from Oslo city centre you enter a quiet world in the Oslofjord. Just walking and take in the wiev. An old ruin of a medival monastery has some plants not found elsewhere in Norway. Beaches must be great in the summer

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Not much to say, it's very beautiful. You can have BBQ in very nice nature, just by the ocean. As my title says - PARADISE

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Toronto, Canada
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

I'm so glad I had the chance to visit Hovedoya. A real highlight of my three day stay in Oslo. The only reason I even knew about it was that it was mentioned in an old New York Times travel section article about Oslo. I brought the article with me and read about it and decided to go. My Eyewitness... More

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