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Island Hopping in the Oslo Fjord

It takes just a few minutes for a ferry to take you from the messy city centre to delightful peace and silence

Best time: May–September

Island Hopping in the Oslo Fjord
Island Hopping in the Oslo Fjord

The islands scattered across the inner Oslo Fjord present an excellent getaway from the noise and fuss of the city. Pristine islands are loved for great swimming beaches, hiking, and camping opportunities, unusual museums and other attractions. Each island is a lovely place, unique in its own way, and worth to be explored.

Langøyene is the only island that allows camping on condition that you abide by all the rules established by the local municipality. You are mainly required not to litter the area, not to cause any harm to the natural environment (the fires are also forbidden), as well as respect your neighbours—you aren't allowed to use equipment that shuts out other people—it's a common area for all tents. All the same, the distance between two tents is supposed to be at least three metres. 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. is a silent time. Also, you're obliged to live in the tent, it shouldn't stay uninhabited for more than a week.

Heggholmen Island is home to an old lighthouse. Hovedøya island is known for Cistercian monastery ruins from the early 12th century. Lindøya island is associated with 300 cute cottages in red, green, and yellow. And Bygdøy peninsula is famed for numerous museums such as Kon-Tiki, Fram, Oscarshall, Norwegian Folk Museum, Viking Ship Museum and Norwegian Maritime Museum.

Ferries run from Aker Brygge and City Hall Pier 3 and 4. The rides normally take from 15 to 30 minutes. Most of them are seasonal, except the ferries to Hovedøya—these operate year-round. Others have different seasons—mostly June to August, or May to September. Bygdøy peninsula has the most extended season—ferries run from March to October. So generally, the best time for island hopping is May to September. You can buy a regular ticket or Oslo Pass allows to use ferries from Aker Brygge without any limits.

Practical info

When is the best time to visit the Oslo Fjord for island hopping?

Island hopping in Oslo Fjord is best in May through September. Seasonal ferry services run in this period. Nonetheless, the Bygdøy peninsula runs the longest season from March to October. Travellers can plan visits to coincide with the peak season for optimal experiences with minimal disruptions. Show more

Where can you camp on an island in the Oslo Fjord?

Camping is only permitted on Langøyene Island and has restrictions, including the prohibition of damaging the area or littering. Camping should be in tents, and campers must follow the time guidelines of the municipality, including quiet hours from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. and staying in their tents during the camping period. Non-compliance with the rules attracts penalties. Show more

What attractions can be found on Heggholmen Island?

Visitors to Heggholmen Island can explore the rich coastal area, hike the various trails and explore the maritime history at the old lighthouse. With a wealth of flora and fauna, visitors can have camping and hiking trips while enjoying ocean views. Tourists appreciate visiting the Heggholmen Lighthouse for the Oslo Fjord views and stories still being told. Show more

Are there any restrictions for camping on Langøyene Island?

Yes, Langøyene Island has prohibitions against littering, lighting fires, damaging the environment, or using equipment that isolates people. Quiet hours are enforced between 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Visitors must stay in their tents throughout the camping period and maintain a minimum distance of three meters between tents. Excessive noise may lead to penalties or eviction. Show more

Which islands in the Oslo Fjord have notable museums?

Bygdøy peninsula has numerous museums, including Viking Ship, Fram, Kon-Tiki, Maritime, and Folk Museums. A ferry runs from March to October, thus extending the museums' season. The museums provide significant insight into Norway's heritage, particularly its maritime culture. Visitors appreciate the vast range of collections and artefacts on display. Show more

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Authors: Olha Savych