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Hovedoya, Oslo

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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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  • The islands outside Oslo are picturesque and idyllic. On Hovedøya, there's both a lush foeest, an ok beach, strolling paths and old convent ruins. The monks brought exotic plants to the island (don't ...  more »
  • It's fun to take the ferry, it's quite popular with locals and tourists alike, but you can quickly find space for yourself (in April anyway). Bring some lunch, spend a few hours here going for walks a...  more »
  • On a warm and sunny day this beautiful little island is a excellent choice for picnic, swimming or just a walk to see the remains of the old monastry. Just a short trip with the ferry and spend the da...  more »