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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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  • This island is basically acres of unspoilt parkland. Great for family picnics, quiet bathing, bird-watching A five minute ferry crossing from Acker Brugge The tavern on the island is clean, peaceful a...  more »
  • I love the transport system in Oslo and had a travel card so you can just hop on and off the boats across to the islands. When we went it was great weather so enjoyed a drink and an ice cream. You cou...  more »
  • The weather this day was unbelievably beautiful so it made the island even nicer. This island has a beach, football field, monastery ruins, BBQ areas and a little cafe. Toilets were free and clean. Be...  more »