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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%
  • Terrible1%
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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 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 27 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.

Thank SuandChris
Reviewed 24 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 26 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
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Just five minutes with boat from Aker Brygge and you can board an island with lots of possibilities. You can enjoy a bath from one of the sand strands or just have a picnic in one of the green grass areas. There are old ruins...More

Thank Norwegian_visit
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

I had not been to Hovedøya since the raskt schooldays 50 years ago AS my wife suggested to drive to Oslo from Hønefoss to visit Hoveøya. Bringing picnic bag and towels we entrered the ferry at Aker Brygge and 5 minutes later we sat foot...More

Thank Johnny O
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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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