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Hovedoya, Oslo

4.5
#5 of 24 in Nature in Oslo
A small island off the coast, Hovedoya offers lush scenery and natural beauty, as well as many outdoor and cultural activities. Hike through the island's nature reserve to see a variety of plants and animals. Go swimming on the west side of the island, where you'll find two beaches and good swimming spots. Check out the cannon batteries and gunpowder depots that remain from 1808, during the period that the Norwegian army owned the island. Be sure to stop by the ruins of Hovedøya Abbey, the Cistercian monastery built in 1147. You can hop on boat route line 92 or 93 leaving from Vippetangen to reach the site. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Hovedoya and many more Oslo attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Oslo online trip itinerary builder .
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  • Great trip which only takes 5 minutes by boat from Akerbrygge. No need for a special ticket if you have a regular ticket through Ruter. The place offers you nice view of the Oslo Fjords and different ...  more »
  • Nothing much here except the ruins of a monastery, and it is also the nearest island to the mainland. Nice to just get on the boat, see a bit of the Oslo waterfront, and walk around the island.  more »
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  • Surprised that it is not part of must things to do in Oslo.. Beautiful peaceful island just around 10 mins from Oslo. Fantastic views from the shores. Just walk around the island and enjoy beauty of surroundings. Should be one of the must do things in Oslo. In case you have Oslo pass, ferry ride is free.
  • Nice large island in the Oslo fjord. Be aware that the lines for the ferry can be a bit long. Walk around the island and see the city from a new angle as well as the old buildings and ruins. A small beach, but a lot of areas to sunbathe or go swimming besides the beach.
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