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Address: Hovedoya, Oslo 102, Norway
Phone Number: +47 98 40 56 50

Island with medieval ruins, cafe, hiking trails.

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Idyllic small island

Litte Island who is easy to reach with a ferry. You are able to walk around and explore the island , make a picnic or chill at the beach. Nice half day trip

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Melbourne Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Our visit to the island was on a warm sunny day. Many people visit the island to enjoy a walk, picnic and a swim. The ferry ride is no more than 10 minutes but if they run to a schedule it is a well kept secret. There is a cafe on the island and a range of sandwiches and drinks... More 

Thank Radar16
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Litte Island who is easy to reach with a ferry. You are able to walk around and explore the island , make a picnic or chill at the beach. Nice half day trip

Thank mnrtl
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The island of Hovedoya is less than 10 minutes from Oslo by ferry and is a lovely escape from the city. There are a couple of beaches on the western side of the island and a few walking options around the island.

Thank bbbrutus
Grand Cayman
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small island just a 7 minute ferry ride from Olso's Aker Brygge, waterfront area. Get a 24 hour ticket at any Seven 11 to take the bus or tram then get in the ferry. Up to 4 kids travel free with paying adult on the weekends. My 7 and 11 year old sons enjoyed exploring, climbing the trails and rocks,... More 

Thank Carriesmity
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's e very short (but still nice) boat trip away from the absolute centrum of Oslo. The boat is included in the standard public transit ticket (and thus very inexpensive). The island has a football field, a kiosk/bistro that serves simple food, cold drinks and ice cream. There is several small beaches, but also lots of spaces where you can... More 

1 Thank Eirik S
Prague, Czech Republic
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The nature is protected here so you have to behave according to that. Ships are coming once in hour (use usual public transport tickets). Nature us beautiful so you can use your time for taking pictures or just having picknick as locals do. You can also observe the city from this calm place.

1 Thank Michaela M
Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Being a history fan, I naturally love Hovedoya. Standing on top of the highest hill on the island and looking towards Oslo you can almost imagine how it was here a thousand years ago when the monestary was built. The islands history goes back to post ice age times but it's mostly remembered as the location of an cisternsian monestary... More 

Thank Magnus M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

I stayed jn Oslo over the weekend while in business trip Though the day was not so happening in otherwise not exciting city, i with one of my colleagues planned to visit Hovedoya on Sunday via ferry We both had travel pass so no cost for travel It was a good decision as we had some good time there walking... More 

Thank Deepak J
Cairo, Egypt
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

In an island like this somewhere in the fjord, a Norwegian fascist massacred leftist youth. Perhaps because it was Monday and cafés were (luckily), no security personnel or rangers were there and forbidden climbing the remains of buildings was something left to the conscience of the visitors. No tree climbers either. A natural and historical paradise.

Thank MF K
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

If you are visiting Oslo in summer season, then visiting Hovedøya should certainly be a part of your trip. Here you can do tracking or bathing, play football or just enjoy the scenery. Only 10 minutes away from Oslo by boat. May get some crowdy on a beautiful sunny, but will still give you an experience you won't forget.

Thank Zahoor A

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