Oslo fjord islands

The islands just outside the centre of Oslo is an exciting destination that must be experienced, especially in the summer.

The islands of the inner Oslo fjord are popular destinations for Oslo residents and tourists alike that want to escape the heat of the city on hot summer days. On the islands you can go for a hike, have a picnic, go to a café, swim, or sunbathe on a beach or along the shore.

Each island has its own unique character and history, and offers historical sites and beautiful coastal nature. As some areas of the islands are nature reserves you should take care not to disturb the wildlife on the islands or pick any flowers or plants.

Getting to the islands

The Oslo ferries leave from Rådhusbrygga by Aker Brygge to a number of islands that are perfect for a day trip. You can use the normal Ruter ticket for public transportation on the ferries. Island hopping is also popular.

The inner Oslo fjord islands

Hovedøya is a popular recreation area for Oslo's residents with several bathing spots and a rich cultural history. On the island you can find ruins of Hovedøya monastery founded in 1147. Large parts of the island are protected under the Cultural Heritage Act and the island has a varied landscape and nature reserves with rich geology and flora. Hovedøya also has a kiosk and restaurant, Klosterkroa, as well as toilet facilities during the summer.

Lindøya is an idyllic island with summer cottages in red, yellow and green and a nature reserve.

Gressholmen is connected with Rambergøya and Heggholmen. Large parts of the area are nature reserves, but there is also a marina and some houses and cabins on the island as well as the Gressholmen Inn. On the island you can see remnants of Norway's first airport, Gressholmen seaport. Gressholmen has a café and restaurant, Gressholmen Kro, open during summer, as well as toilet facilities. As Gressholmen mainly consists of nature trails, it can be difficult to get around for people with disabilities or reduced mobility.

Langøyene is a popular outdoor area and bathing area with several beaches, picnic areas and sports grounds This is the only island in the inner Oslo fjord where you can camp in tents. The island also has a wheelchair accessible bathing area, toilets and showers and a kiosk.

Keep in mind when visiting the islands:

  • Cafes, kiosks and toilet facilities may be closed when not in season and may close early if it's raining.
  • If you miss the last boat, it may be difficult to return. Always check the timetable.
  • Some areas of the islands may not be accessible with wheelchairs or prams. This is especially the case with Gressholmen.

You can read more about the different islands on visitoslo.com.