Hovedøya Point of Interest

Oslo's largest island full of adventure

  • Photo: Lauren Guido

  • Photo: Lauren Guido

  • Photo: Lauren Guido

  • Photo: Lauren Guido

  • Photo: Lauren Guido

Essential info

  • Destination: Oslo
  • Season: January–December

About Hovedøya

Hovedøya, the closest island to downtown Oslo, boasts a fantastic beach, large activity field, hiking trails, and cafe. In the middle of the island, there are ruins of a Cistercian monastery from 1147. Just jump on a ferry from the Aker Brygge pier and start exploring. 

The main paths throughout the island are wide and made of gravel, while the smaller trails in the forest are predominantly dirt. The island has a diverse landscape and geography, which is why sections of it are nature reserves. There are many great places to picnic or grill. Make sure you catch the last ferry back to the city because camping is not allowed.

Getting there

Take the B1 ferry (Øyene) from the Aker Brygge pier to Hovedøya. Ferry number B1 runs all-year long, but the best time to visit the islands is anytime between May and September. 


These ferries are operated by Ruter, so there is no need to buy an additional ticket if you already hold a Ruter pass.

Amenities

  • Toilets (free)
  • Kiosk 

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