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Hovedoya, Oslo

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Island Nature / Park
A small island off the coast, Hovedoya offers lush scenery and natural beauty, as well as many outdoor and cultural activities. Hike through the island's nature reserve to see a variety of plants and animals. Go swimming on the west side of the island, where you'll find two beaches and good swimming spots. Check out the cannon batteries and gunpowder depots that remain from 1808, during the period that the Norwegian army owned the island. Be sure to stop by the ruins of Hovedøya Abbey, the Cistercian monastery built in 1147. You can hop on boat route line 92 or 93 leaving from Vippetangen to reach the site. See Hovedoya and all Oslo has to offer by arranging your trip with our Oslo vacation builder.
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  • Island accessible by public boat. Climate of silence, greenery, walks, swims and why not even Tan. In front of Oslo, a picnic and a cruise public landscaped, purposes and then back to Oslo.
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  • Who is in Oslo, should schedule a visit on Hovedøya in any case. Beautiful forest trails and mega views + swimming... Ferry ride away right in front of the Town Hall. We were on a Sunday at about 24 degrees. There are countless ways to swim in the fjord / swimming.
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  • 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 ...  more »

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