The Islands Around Oslo
The Islands Around Oslo Reviews
Jul 26, 2007
There are several islands lying within reach if you are staying in Oslo. Get away from the Dirty citycentre and go islandhopping for a day. Gressholmen and Hovedoya makes for a perfect daytrip, being located only 15mins away from the city centre.
The main Islands are Hovedoya and Gressholmen
In old times Hovedoya where known for military buildings and you can go around and find canons and old buildings for some hours. Then go to the middle of the Island where you can find old ruins from a cloister built in the 10.th century. This is the by far the main tourist atraction here. There is also a old shipyard from the 17.th Century on this island that is worth seeing. There is also a busy harbour for small boats here. That part is locked and not really worth seeing.
There is also some beaches here, but they are crowded and not really so good. Sadly it cant be compared to the beaches in SE Asia.
Bring lunch since the the cafe's and resturants are overpriced (like 90% of the things in Norway). Be aware that there is not allowed to light a fire in summertime. There is not allowed to disturb the animallife and take rare plants home to Oslo.
Gressholmen which is a little island in the Oslo Fjord is the only place in Norway where you can see so many rabbits at the same time. Before people let loose alot of rabbits there , but im not sure if its allowed anymore beacause of the rabbit population has increased the last years. Rumors say that the rabits are decendants from wild rabbits that where placed there by King Oscar of Norway several Hundred years ago. Gressholmen where a hunting ground in the old times.
There is also a narrow Width Railway which where used in the old Paint production Factory, but the factory its not there anymore. But the tracks are still there.
PS. Did you know that the biggest Airport in once where located in Gressholmen? It where for Seaplanes and where built in 1920ish. Now its just a boring storehouse for private boats and not worth seeing.
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