- Type: Nature & Wildlife
NileGuide Expert Says:
Excellent excursion for history buffs, swimmers and sunbathers alike
- This small island is a magnet for sunbathers and swimmers on hot summer days. Hovedøya can be seen from the harbour and is easily reached by ferry number 94 from Vippetangen quay. Expect queues for the boat on the hottest days. The island also contains the ruins of a twelfth-century Cistercian monastery. The monks lived on the island until 1532 when the monastery was burnt down by religious enemies during the Reformation. In the summer, medieval concerts take place next to the ruins. Puppet shows are put on for children. There is a conservation area, which contains rare species of plants and flowers.
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