Hovedoya is one of several small islands off the coast of Oslo. This tiny beauty (seriously - it is only 0.4 square kilometers) is the perfect afternoon getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can take public transportation to Hovedoya--it is only an eight minute ferry ride away.
The island used to be home to a Cistercian monastery, a military installation, a German camp, and the National Internment Camp for Women in Hovedoya. But today, the island is popular with tourists and bathers, who can enjoy the island's natural beauty, history, and scenery while having a nice swim.
If you take a ride on the scenic mountain railway between Oslo and Bergen, you'll see some of the... Read more