Water activity

Oslo Nature Walks: Island Hopping Tour

Activity provider: Viking Biking & Hiking
Water activity

Oslo Nature Walks: Island Hopping Tour

Activity provider: Viking Biking & Hiking

From US$ 44.17 per person

Discover Oslo's world-class coastal scenery on a 4-hour island hop. Explore 3 of the city's best-preserved islands and discover sites that vary from the ruins of a 1,000-year-old abbey to small summer seaside villages, hidden beaches and sea cliffs.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Hop from island to island on the fjords of Oslo
  • Sail past the island of Gressholmen
  • Wind your way along village paths full of flowers on the summer island of Lindøya
  • Discover a 1,000-year-old abbey on the island of Hovedøya
Full description
Climb aboard a local ferry to your first destination at the start of this fun island-hopping adventure. Sail to Hovedøya ("Main Island") where some of Oslo's best history and coastal scenery will be revealed. Learn how English monks came to Christianize post-Viking Oslo and set up a powerful abbey on the island nearly 1,000 years ago. Admire the well-preserved ruins as you walk among the chambers and rooms. Hear stories of Norway's transition from the Viking era to become part of a Christian Europe. Continue through sheep pastures and birch forests to arrive at the old ramparts and cannons from the 19th-century Napoleonic Wars. Explore the rugged coastline and stop at some beaches and lookout points before returning to the pier to catch another ferry to the island of Lindøya. Arrive at Lindøya and experience the charm of a summer retreat. See traditional wooden homes and gardens of flowers that contrast beautifully with the surrounding fjord. Get fantastic views from the summit of the island and work up an appetite for a picnic lunch. Stop at a local food store, if needed, to pick up something to eat. Enjoy your picnic on a southwest-facing beach and soak up the immense views of the water and hills. Then, jump on another ferry and sail past the island of Gressholmen, where the nature preserve is home to thick forest, sea cliffs and hidden beaches. Catch the ferry back to the city center and get an amazing entry into the port. Marvel at some of Oslo's most iconic sites, such as the old fortress of Akershus Festning, City Hall and the revitalized port of Aker Brygge.
  • Guided tour
  • Ticket for public transportation (can also be used for 20 hours after the tour)
  • Rain gear
  • Food or drinks (can be purchased during the tour)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 9 years
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

The meeting point is near the departure point for public ferries, next to the restaurant "Fisketorget". Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour start time.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  •  Participants are encouraged to carry a backpack for their swimwear, towel, water and food for a picnic lunch. Water and food can be purchased during the tour as an alternative
  • Good trail shoes should be worn as you'll walk on gravel, dirt paths and stones
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 191 reviews

Review summary

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Good way to fill a day and see something a little less on the tourist radar whilst in Oslo! It was a really relaxed couple of hours and we weren’t rushing between islands at all! My group was relatively small and had both younger and an older crowd -great way to meet others travellers in the city!

March 30, 2023

An excellent afternoon adventure on a glorious day- the island summer lifestyle of Oslo is certainly enticing. The trip was well paced with great engagement and stories from our enthusiastic guide. I would definitely recommend this tour to get a feel for the natural landscape and lifestyle of Oslo.

March 30, 2023

First I was not sure about doing such a ‘touristy’ tour but it turned out to be the best idea every! Didn’t feel like a guided tour at all, felt more like going amazing places with strangers you get to know better and with a guy who tells you such interesting backrounds of the islands themselves. You get a public transport ticket which is valid for 24h so I did another island the next day by myself, great experience, funny and most friendly guide and beautiful places. 10/10

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March 30, 2023

Product ID: 78965