Oslo’s fjord coastline provides incredible views, so why not explore the islands too? Each is unique and offers something to discover. Whether you’re visiting one or hopping around the lot, visiting the islands in the inner fjord is a must for anyone in Oslo during the summer.
Just 5 minutes from Aker Brygge, Hovedøya is the closest island to the city center. It boasts a fantastic beach, large field, hiking trails, and café. In the middle of the island, there are ruins of a Cistercian monastery from 1147.
Langøyene is one of the few islands in the inner fjord that you can camp on. It also has one of the largest and best sandy beaches in the city, as well as a naturalist beach, 3 beach volleyball courts, a large grassy field, and hiking trails.
Gressholmen, Heggholmen, and Rambergøya are a set of three connected islands and by far are the most rustic islands in the area. Despite being connected, each island is unique boasting nature reserves, a lighthouse, and the ruins of Oslo’s first airport. Make sure to check out the newly renovated and re-opened Gressholmen Kro, it’s one of the oldest cafés in the inner Oslofjord.
Nakholmen and Bleikøya
Both islands are mostly covered in colorful summer cottages, which give great insights into the modern Norwegian summer. Nakholmen has a small nature reserve on the southern parts of the island. While the northeastern tip of Bleikøya is known as a nesting area for seabirds.
Lindøya is also covered with charming summer cottages. It’s larger than other islands, so there are two ports. From the western port, the swimming area of Køkkendodden is about a five-minute walk. Check out the northeastern part of the island too, which is a designated nature reserve.
How to get there
The ferries depart from Rådhusbrygge 4, pier number 4 in front of the city hall. Most ferries run from May through September and all are operated by Ruter, so there is no need to buy an additional ticket if you already hold a Ruter pass.