Tour to the island: Hovedøya

Tour Number

Activity Level



Museums / Culture, Hiking and Walking, Nature and Wildlife


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent), Hebrew (fluent), Norwegian (fluent)

Nature excursion and heritage

If you like exploring nature and history, a tour to the Head Island of Oslo is recommended. The island Norwegian name is HOVEDØYA been named because the shape of the island, hove means head in old norwegian from the Viking time.

To be able to reach the island we will need to use the public ferry from one of the piers in the city, its take about 5 minutes sailing to the island. The island its located closest to the city centre with beautiful forests, beaches and cultural heritage.

North on the island we will visit the ruins of a Cistercian monastery from 1147. We will also see the cannon batteries from 1808 and the rest of the depots. The island is known of its beautiful floral and is today n Nature Reservoir.


We will leave the city center and use a ferry to the Main island.
The ferry takes about 15 minutes from the Aker Brygge main pier in Oslo.
We would walk through the island learning about the old and new history.
The walking tour is about 2 hours and from there we will return to the city center.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will come to you hotel or to the cruise ship pier if these are located in the city centre.

End location: I will bring you back to the meeting point or other ways where you prefer.

Duration: 3 hours


We will use a public ferry from the city pier to the island

What’s Included

A guided tour by on the island and a short city walk

Estimated Local Cash Needed

90 Nok - 12 USD per person for a day pass for public transport - this include bus, tube, ferry, street tram

What’s Extra

A day pass for public transport


In Norway you need a professional driver license to drive guests against payment. My tours are either by public transportation, walking, or we need to hire a car with driver.

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