Frozen bay at Gressholmen

Gressholmen was the second island we visited on our recent island hop around Oslo fjord. The Northern area is a nature reserve and we later discovered this island was home to an airport from 1926 to 1938. There are some old photos here if you are interested.

Men walking in the snow

People walking through trees

Wooden cafe

Gressholmen Kroa (cafe)

The cafe is closed during the Winter but I can’t imagine a better place to sit and eat ice cream in the sun! But we probably wouldn’t have had the place to ourselves in warmer weather so there are bonuses to visiting in the Winter.

White window frames on red building

Me sitting on fence

Run down wooden building

“Barbecues forbidden”

We started walking along tree lined trails and Scott spotted a frozen bay. Our plan was to catch the next boat and since we only had an hour there, we decided to explore the shoreline because it was unlike anything we had already seen.

Man on frozen beach

Ice covered the whole bay, even the seaweed was frozen!

Frozen shoreline

Mussel shell in ice

Painted houses in the distance

Chunks of ice in water

View across frozen shore

People boarding boat

The ferry took us back to the mainland, where we fell into our favourite coffee shop for a well earned hot chocolate and kanelbullar (cinnamon bun).

Mugs of hot chocolate

Transport notes

  • Ferry line B1 from Aker brygge (near Oslo City Hall)
  • Tickets: Ruter app, paper ticket or Oslo pass
  • We bought a 24 hour ticket (more info here)
  • Ferries depart once an hour during the Winter
  • Take food and drink in the Winter because the cafe is closed

2 Comments

  1. Looks lovely! And your transport notes will be useful if/when I go to visit. Thank you!

    • Gemma Evans

      Thanks Linda! Glad the transport notes will be useful, hope you enjoy there it as much as we did 🙂

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