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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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    Departure Point
    Centrally located shop near the port, main street of Karl Johans Gate, and the train station.
    Departure Time
    12:00 PM
    Duration
    4h
    Return Details
    Tour ends at the ferry terminal by the City Hall, at Rådhusbrygge 4
    Inclusions
    • Guided tour
    Exclusions
    • Lunch (picnic lunch stop during the tour, so participants can either bring their own lunch or purchase at a local food market)
    • Transportation to/from attractions (public transport ticket required, available for purchase at beginning of tour from the guide if needed)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for child under 10 years of age
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    I’d recommend you to do this activity. The guides are nice (we had Linda and I don’t remember the other girl’s name, I’m sorry!). They both speak English and they’re always happy to repeat the explanations they give about the places you’re gonna see. It’s...More

    Thank 94christelleg
    Viking B, Owner at Viking Biking & Viking Hiking, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Merci Christelle. I am just back from a tour of the islands today and it sure is a lovely way to spend an afternoon. It is great you appreciated how well organized the tour is, as we really strive to have it run smoothly so...More

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Customer service was brilliant, swapped me onto another tour with no fuss when I realised my fitness level want up to the ‘Forest to Fjord’ tour. Josh was our tour guide and he was very friendly and knowledgeable. The island are picture perfect and you...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
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    Viking B, Owner at Viking Biking & Viking Hiking, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Hi Michael. Thank you for the nice review and I am glad we could find a tour that best suited you. I will pass along your kind feedback to Josh who will be be happy to know you enjoyed the 4 hours on the islands...More

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    We joined this trip on a very hot and sunny day and it was absolutely beautiful! Such a great way to see the island. Martin was very entertaining and knowledgeable! I would recommend taking lunch with you though, as there wasn’t much available at the...More

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    curtis_viking_biking, Owner at Viking Biking & Viking Hiking, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Thank you Victoria for the nice review and I will let Martin know you enjoyed his tour. Now that the season is winding down, the shop on the island is not replenishing its stock. So you offer good advice for others travelling at the end...More

    Reviewed 4 weeks 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
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    curtis_viking_biking, Owner at Viking Biking & Viking Hiking, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Hi Elizabeth, What a wonderfully detailed review which I am sure other travellers will find useful. Many thanks for that, and I have let Niamh know how much you enjoyed her tour. Thanks for joining! Best regards, Curtis

    Reviewed 16 August 2019

    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
    curtis_viking_biking, Owner at Viking Biking & Viking Hiking, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Your review sums up quite nicely our Island Hopping tour: three lovely islands discovered at a leisurely pace with a friendly guide. We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Best regards, Curtis

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    9 September 2019|
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    Response from Connector439856 | Reviewed this property |
    We were in Oslo when it was warm. It will be much colder in April but if you wear appropriate clothing it will be ok. The ferry that takes you over to the islands has an enclosed area so you can get away from the wind.
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    1 September 2019|
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    Response from 824megf | Reviewed this property |
    Call them to clarify the days you want to book.
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    14 August 2019|
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    Response from 824megf | Reviewed this property |
    I would suggest you message the venue. They own this excursion business.
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