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Hovedøya - Things to Know Before Visiting

Hovedøya, Oslo Municipality, Norway


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About Hovedøya

Hovedøya is one of several small islands off the coast of Oslo, Norway in the Oslofjord. The island is quite small, no more than 800 meters across in any direction, the total area is 0,4 square kilometres. It is well known for its lush and green nature, with a wide variety of trees, bushes, and flowers. For many, many years there was a military base on the island.

Attractions Near Hovedøya

Bleikøya0.56km from Hovedøya

A beautiful island that was located in the heart of Oslo. From the late 19th century a sanatorium for children suffering from scrofula was located on the island. A beautiful place to spend some leisure time.

Ringnes Park Museum, EKEBERG
Ringnes Park Museum, EKEBERG1.3km from Hovedøya

A park with amazing views of Oslo and thought-provoking sculptures.

Ekebergparken Sculpture Park
Ekebergparken Sculpture Park1.42km from Hovedøya

A beautiful park that combines its long history, beautiful nature, stunning views, and impressive sculptures in a unique way. The artworks that are spread around the whole park are internationally renowned artists like Louise Bourgeois, James Turrell, Dan Graham, Sarah Lucas, Damien Hirst, and Roni Horn. There are also traces of Oslo’s long and diverse history in the park, from rock carvings and ruins from the stone age to cemetery's that date back to 900-400 BC.

Akershus Fortress
Akershus Fortress1.43km from Hovedøya

Akershus Fortress is a medieval castle situated in Oslo city center. Throughout its history, it has had great strategic and symbolic value for Oslo and Norway. Akershus Fortress is still a military area. The castle was modernized under King Christian IV (1588-1648) and converted into a Renaissance castle and royal residence. Now it is open daily to the public.

Gressholmen1.49km from Hovedøya

An islet located south of central Oslo. A place where you can have picnics, kayak and swim.

Christian Radich
Christian Radich1.5km from Hovedøya

The beautiful old sailing ship found at Akershusutstikkeren below Akershus Fortress when it is not out on the sea. Christian Radich is not open to the public but can be opened on request for small groups. The ship is available for charter tours and short cruises for schools and other groups in spring and autumn. In summer the ship participates in Tall Ships Races.

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Capital and most populous city of Norway. Oslo is the economic and governmental centre of Norway. The city is also a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping.