If you are looking for a relaxed way of experiencing Oslo and the the fjord, you can take the ferry and go island hopping. You just need to go to Rådhusbrygge 4 and from there you can catch the ferry to idyllic Høvedoya and Lindøya, with approximately 300 charming Norwegian summer cottages. This is not the only small island you can visit; the others are Rambergøya, Gressholmen and Heggholmen. All of them are fantastic places for lazy days in the sun, and Heggholmen houses one of the oldest lighthouses in the fjord.
Rambergøya and parts of Gressholmen are nature reserves, and that sea birds are nesting between the two islands. Updated ferry routes are always available at Ruter, where you will also find information about tickets.
If you were ever in doubt, the Norwegian capital, like the rest of the country, boasts beautiful nature experiences, and the Oslo Fjord is definitely worth paddling!
When I decided to visit the islands in front of Oslo I was to the port to see which options I had… the best one for me is buying the daily ticket for 10 Euros (105 NOK) and you can pass all the day from an island to another, walking one it and discover the nature you will find there.
If you would like to stop on Høvedoya, where there are some nice beaches where you can have a pic nic…. Or just go for a walk on the island boarders! It was the first one for me; the ferry took just 15 minutes to go there from the port.
After Høvedoya I was on Gressholmen, where you can find also a café or restaurant closed to the point the ferry will let you on the island. This island has also a small church at the end of it, from where you can take some nice pictures and enjoy the view!
After 2 hours exploring this island, I landed for Lindøya, where I passed a nice afternoon taking the sun in a pier!