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Oslo Nature Walks: Island hopping

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    Leaving the shop at 12:00, the local guide will lead the group to the near-by ferry terminal, where the tour really gets going with a quick ferry ride to the main island of Oslo, Hovedøya. Inhabited nearly 1000 years ago by English monks looking to Christianize post-Viking Norway, this island has some of the city's most captivating history, which comes to life as we walk through the well-preserved ruins and visit the various chambers and towers of the abbey. A quick walk through a sheep pasture and a birch forest, and the tour continues to offer surprising history, with a visit to the 19th century ramparts and cannons protecting the city since the Napoleonic wars. Perched high on the sea cliffs, this is the perfect time to grab a photo of the city, hills and fjord in one shot!

    Hop on another ferry, enjoy the breathtaking views, and soon the tour arrives on a island known for its charming summer village, full of brightly painted wooden homes with picture-perfect gardens. Flowers abound and the sea views amaze, especially from the summit of the island, a small nature preserve with a 360 degree panorama. A picnic lunch is well deserved -- either bring your own or stop to by provisions at the island's local food market. With a local guide, it is easy to find a quiet beach or cove perfect for a peaceful lunch.

    A third ferry ride leads to the nature preserve of Gressholmen, an island which amazes with its variety of untouched landscapes: sandy beaches, sea cliffs, forest, pastures and rocky coastline. There is time for a quick swim, with waters generally between 18-24 degrees (66-78 Fahrenheit). Don't forget swim wear and a towel!

    Finally, the last ferry ride winds through the islands and returns to downtown Oslo, with a majestic entrance to the harbor past the medieval and Renaissance fortress of Akershus Festning, perched high above the port. Exiting the ferry, the tour is over but the rest of Oslo awaits as the tour ends right in the heart of the city center.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    My family and I (a group of 5 people in total) went on this tour while in Oslo. Our guide Niamh was friendly and knowledgeable about all the sights we saw and about the history of Oslo. We met at the Viking Biking Shop as...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Elizabeth_3019
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    On a beautiful day we visited three lovely islands at a leisurely pace with our friendly guide. I highly recommend.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank StephenB327
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    I'm from Spain, two times Ive been in Oslo and two times I have been guided by Martin. We took the islands tour around and the visit was wonderful. Really nice views plus the pleasure of knowing what you are actually enjoying with a lot...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank mareridt
    Viking B, Owner at Viking Biking & Viking Hiking, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    What a nice review, so we really appreciate it. Martin has read your kind words and seen the nice pictures, so he really thanks you for that. We are glad you had a good time on tour and hope to see you again some time...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    The Viking Hiking Island Nature walk is a great way to learn about the culture and lifestyle of the Norwegian people. There is a mix of hiking and several ferry rides to various islands inside the Oslo fjord. We were fortunate to have Viking Hiking’s...More

    Thank cdillon3
    curtis_viking_biking, Owner at Viking Biking & Viking Hiking, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thank you for the lovely review, and while you feel lucky to have had me as your guide, I was the lucky one to have such a great group on tour. It was such a pleasant day with people from the entire world getting along...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Well organised - a mixture of insightful and amusing stories, history and a good few hours wandering through the flörd. The group was very international - one of the guides is from London and the group was a mixture of Swedes, Austrians, Americans and so...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank amcmullins
    curtis_viking_biking, Owner at Viking Biking & Viking Hiking, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    We appreciate the nice review and that you joined us on tour. Your review included a lot of useful customers for potential customers, so that is great. Many thanks and we are glad you had such a good time on tour, including the swimming stop...More

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    August 13, 2019|
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    Response from 824megf | Reviewed this property |
    I would suggest you message the venue. They own this excursion business.
    jill g
    June 10, 2019|
    Response from amcmullins | Reviewed this property |
    No - you need to get a travel card from Ruter - if you need to you can get it on the day which is 125 NOK.
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