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“monastery ruins”(12 reviews)
“nice island”(8 reviews)
“aker brygge”(13 reviews)
Island with medieval ruins, cafe, hiking trails.
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Hovedoya, Oslo 102, Norway
+47 984 05 650
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This island was the first one of my islands hopping. This is a beautiful island, ideal for walking and relaxing. You can find there only one wharf. There is also a cafe and to see the remains of the monastery. I can recommend to buy...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank PETR D
Reviewed 13 November 2018

We took an early ferry from the port near city hall took just a few minutes to arrive at the island. Many amenities were closed still at the time. We wandered around this beautiful and serene island exploring. It reminded me of disneylands island. the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank finestrod
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Have been here a hundred times I am sure. Winter and summer. Just 10 minutes with the ferry from "Aker Brygge" in Oslo. When you walk to minutes from the pier it is so quiet. A fox followed us (my husband, son and me) and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank InaB72
Reviewed 19 September 2018

With the Oslo Passes handy we jumped on board of one of the ferries passing by this gem of an island. We felt like locals with our picnic and throughly enjoyed the greenery, the water and the fantastic views on Oslo itself from this beautiful...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank bestregardsfromfar
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

We had a lovely walk around this island. Lots of lovely places to explore. We had a beach to ourselves when we fancied a sit down. Great views onto neighbouring island. It ate up the visitors with most based around the far beach and the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank turace
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

The place is a gem in Oslo. Here you can enjoy the sea breeze, watch boats on the fjord and have a view of the sea entrance to Oslo. It has a rich cultural and military history, as well as beautiful spots for picnics. Love...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 114mrt
Reviewed 29 August 2018

A little peaceful paradise just in front of Oslo. Way to is short and really nice. You can get here with public transport, get a daily ticket. Definetely a wonderful excursion.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Davide G
Reviewed 25 August 2018

After a ten miinute boat trip you arrive at this lovely, protected island. Just up from the ferry is the Lavetthuset, with an interesting art exhibition in the summer (open from Thursday till Sunday). This year there is also an exhibiton of black and white...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ithaca96
Reviewed 20 August 2018

This island is a great place to spend a half day hiking and looking at the ruins of a medieval monastery. It is a nature preserve as well. There is a restaurant on the island, but it was not open the day i visited. I...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank kristy12047
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Perfect gateaway from Oslo on a day off. Especially when it is sunny. We took ferry ( 105 KRN per day unlimited travel on bus tram, tban n ferry) to get there and its just a short 10 mins ride from Aker Brygge. Place itself...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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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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