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Hovedoya

Hovedoya, Oslo 102, Norway
+47 98 40 56 50
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Ranked #22 of 211 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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Oslo, Norway
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

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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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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57 reviews 57 reviews
11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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Oslo, Norway
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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Take the ferry out! Go ahead! - experience the very best Oslo has to offer on a sunny day. Bring a mini-grill, swimwear and a couple a' cold ones and steep yourself in summer. The boat trip across is even lovely and you can always relax for an extended mini-cruise to the outer islands before you disembark at Hovedøya. Its... More

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Definitely one of the places to head to on a sunny summer day! It's amazing how near it is to Oslo city but yet feels like an entirely different place altogether. Just a short 5-10 minute ferry ride (ferries 92 or 93, even 95 in summer) from Vippetangen near Akershus Castle, this is probably where many locals go to for... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This pretty island is only a few minutes by ferry from Oslo but feels a works away. Well worth a visit to wander around the island and a bargain if you get a Ruter (local transport) all day zone 1 ticket for 50 NOK (compared to the 200-300 NOK charged by the tour companies). Enjoy

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Landskrona, Sweden
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

A small island that should not be missed by those spending 2+ days in Oslo. Within 10 minutes you can reach this green peninsula oasis. Take ferry 92 or 93 from 'Vippetangen'. Offers a great opportunity for hiking, fishing, swimming, picnic etc. Don't forget to bring your camera - there are some astonishing views of the peninsula and Oslo bay... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

This is closest island from the city centre. Lots of green. The remain of the monastery is interesting. Lots of beaches. On a nice sunny day, this is where the locals hang out. We were there early July this year. I didn't see any shops or cafe on the day. So, pack lunch.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

One of my favorite activities in Oslo during the summer. Bring a lunch and a bottle of wine at one of the small islands. Easy access to ferries - but remember to check the latest boat home ... Suggestions: Hovedøya: most popular, most people, monastery ruins, shop and cafe. Gressholmen: nice and green (grass = grass), rabbits. Bring your swimsuit.... More

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