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Hovedoya, Oslo 102, Norway
+47 984 05 650
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Island with medieval ruins, cafe, hiking trails.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
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“small islands” (11 reviews)
“oslo fjord” (12 reviews)
Hovedoya, Oslo 102, Norway
+47 984 05 650
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Taking the boat out to see Hovedøya is definitely worth it in the summer. There’s a small beach, some ruins and nice views of both the Oslo fjord and part of Oslo’s skyline.

Thank Nikelin
Reviewed 12 January 2018

Nice place to relax on the beach in Oslo. Take the boat ( 10 min ) and enjoy a day at beach or find your own place somewhere on the island

Thank Geir L
Reviewed 10 October 2017

This Island is very scenic with wonderful walks through the woods and along the shore. We went during "off" season so there were not many people there.

Thank Yuko-Stu
Reviewed 28 September 2017

Such an interesting place to explore, historic, unspoilt, not crowded, and a great cafe! The main pathways are well signposted, but it is fun to get off the beaten track and explore the minor tracks. They are not so well marked, but the island is...More

Thank 2aussies177
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Took the ferry and wandered around, nice break from the city with interesting buildings and trees, great views of the city and surrounding islands. Small cafe for coffee and snacks.

1  Thank SuandChris
Reviewed 23 August 2017

free access by boat from pier if you have a day pass which covers the public transport, a few small islands that can be visited using the day travel pass.

Thank 72hema
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Sometime city life can be too much and you just want some peace and quiet. Hovedøya is a beautiful hidden gem of an island located five minutes away from the centre of Oslo. A short ferry trip will take you to the island where you...More

Thank CloseMyEyes
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Hovedoya is the site of an old monastery. Was a military camp used by the german occupancy troops WW2, a womens detention after the war, for women fraternizing , (?) with the german occupancy troop. You can swim, go for walks in beautiful natural surroundings....More

Thank Laust Ø
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Take the boat that runs every 30minutes during summer and the stop is 5minutes away. Perfect for a stroll around the island and stop for food and drink at one of the two restaurants. And don't forget to enjoy the sun on the cliffs.

Thank natalie e
Reviewed 23 July 2017

This is a wonderful hidden pearl in the Oslo Fjord. You need to get yourself on a ruter-boat and go here asap. There are plenty of things to see, such as: medieval ruins, canons, amazing woodland and a lovely view. And sheep. Don't forget the...More

Thank ThJS12
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Tanya R
23 May 2015|
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Response from Magnus U |
It should stop on Hovedøya on the way back also! :) roundtrip is worth it!
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