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Hovedoya, Oslo

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#5 of 20 in Nature in Oslo
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Hovedoya and many more Oslo attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Oslo online trip itinerary builder .
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  • Sometime city life can be too much and you just want some peace and quiet. Hovedøya is a beautiful hidden gem of an island located five minutes away from the centre of Oslo. A short ferry trip will ta...  more »
  • Hovedoya is the site of an old monastery. Was a military camp used by the german occupancy troops WW2, a womens detention after the war, for women fraternizing , (?) with the german occupancy troop. Y...  more »
  • 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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  • This is an uninhabited island, closest to Oslo. There is a #Ruter ferry service from Aker Brygge, which means that if you, as a tourist, have purchased a daily #Ruter ticket for the bus, tram and metro services in Oslo, you can hop on the ferry using the same ticket. The island has nice beaches that offer the chance for relaxation and swimming on sunny days.
  • Beautiful island, good tour site
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  • Nice but awful lot of people hard to find space on the beach in Nice weather
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  • Terrific location, swimming area and barbecue.
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  • Very curious to visit, although it is only possible in summer since the tourist boats do not work in winter. A few minutes from the city centre, you will enjoy the nature.
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