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Island with medieval ruins, cafe, hiking trails.
Hovedoya, Oslo 102, Norway
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Hovedøya is a great escape from the streets and hustle of Oslo. After a short ferry ride from Aker Brygge, you arrive at Hovedøya. The Island is partly a nature reserve and partly leftover of its military and religious past. You can pretty much explore...More

Thank Helge A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is an island, can go by boat from Oslo it takes 20 minutes. Very nice place for picnic.there is a restaurant n washrooms both are nice n clean. One can swim have sunbath or play games.very seneric place

Thank HemaSanghani
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you have extensive time I can see checking it out. I also see why Norwegians enjoy picnicking the day here. It is picturesque. But the "beach" isn't really inviting and the water cloudy. And some sections of the island look to be quarantined off...More

Thank Ellen28
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We lucked out with 70 degree weather so went island hopping on the ferries. The one to the closest islands is included in a tram and bus pass so it's a good deal. We went round twice on the ferry and visited 4 islands. You...More

1  Thank born2travelDenver
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hovedoya is an Island approximately 8mins boat ride from Oslo Aker Brygge. Just purchase a Boat ticket near the Hovedoya station wharf. One way ticket person cost about 35kroner. The Island is great for relaxation at the beach side, with some summer coffee shops. There...More

Thank bruniola
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the Oslo Pass which meant free public transport. Superb! Ferries leave from Aker Brygge near City Hall. The staff are helpful, if you are unsure. The ferries take you swiftly to the main little islands. It was hot and sunny when we visited....More

Thank Ciaoyoga
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you dont mind queing up for the boat and lots of people then Hovedoya is definitely worth a visit. A well kept nature reserve with lots of picnic and BBQ areas and different areas for bathing. Pluss it possible to get away from the...More

Thank RonFraser
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The island is a combination of historic military activity, word war 2 settlement by germans and a botanic treasure. The island is well kept with combination of preservation and modern usage: outings and beaches. The island restaurant is the former german officer messA nice break...More

Thank Erik S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Big island accessible by ferry going from Aker Brygge. It takes just 10 minutes to get there and zone 1 ticket is enough. During weekends it is a popular beach, picnic spot. On weekdays it is way calmer. It has beautiful nature and pretty impressive...More

Thank Ewelina-EW
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a great place to spend a quiet afternoon, walk and even bring sandwiches and drinks and relax on the grass. It is accessible by ferry and is very close to the city

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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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