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Hovedoya, Oslo

(4.5/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
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 place makes a lovely day trip. There is an old ruined monastry, an interesting history and some great places for picnics and swimming (if you like swimming in a fjord that is)... We have been sev...  more »
  • A little gem in the beautiful Oslo fjord. A small boat ride from the pier in Oslo and the Vipps then you are at Hovedøen
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  • Here you can relax and enjoy the day while boating chugging around on all sides. Feel free to bring picknik bin here.
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