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“monastery ruins”(11 reviews)
“nice island”(8 reviews)
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Island with medieval ruins, cafe, hiking trails.
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Hovedoya, Oslo 102, Norway
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank InaB72
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank bestregards f
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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

Thank Mr T
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.

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

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

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

1  Thank alexsaskee2014
Reviewed 8 August 2018

My husband and I love the outdoors so this was our favorite part of Oslo. It was easy to get from the Toyen neighborhood (City Center Apartments) to the Ferries. The people are incredibly helpful and kind. Hovedoya is really easy to navigate. If you...More

Thank Megan O
Reviewed 28 July 2018

This place is beautiful, and the ruins are fascinating. A nice place for a walk or taking a swim. However, on hot summer days the ferry queues are massive despite the extra departures. So make sure to bring water bottles (which can be filled up...More

1  Thank apolarbearsjourney
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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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