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 Oslofjorden

Oslofjorden is an inlet in the south-east of Norway, stretching from an imaginary line between the Torbjørnskjær and Færder lighthouses and down to Langesund in the south to Oslo in the north. It is part of the Skagerrak strait, connecting the North Sea and the Kattegat sea area, which leads to the Baltic Sea. Oslofjorden is approx. 118 km long and is divided into the inner and outer Oslofjord.

Oslofjorden runs along the counties of Oslo, Akershus, Buskerud, Vestfold, Østfold, and parts of Telemark. The distinction between inner and outer Oslofjord goes by Drøbaksundet, the strait where Oslofjorden narrows between Drøbak and Hurum.

Oslofjordtunnel is a subsea road tunnel under the Oslofjorden that connects Storsandin Hurum to Drøbak on eastern side of the fjord.

Each of the islands in the innermost part of the fjord has its own identity and distinguishing history. Among them are Hovedøya, Lindøya, Nakholmen, Bleikøya, Gressholmen, and Langøyene. These islands can easily be reached with the Oslo-boats from Vippetangen.

Hovedøya is most famous for its monastery ruins, Gressholmen for its rabbits, Nakholmen, Bleikøya, Lindøya for their cosy cabins at the water´s edge, and finally Langøyene for its camping possibilities and pleasant beach.

Oslofjorden was the scene of a key event in the German invasion of Norway in 1940. The invasion included a planned landing of 1,000 troops transported by ship to Oslo. Colonel Eriksen (from Moskenes), Commander of the Oscarsborg fortress near Drøbak, mainly maintained for historical purposes, sank the German heavy cruiser Blücher in the Drøbak narrows.

Norwegian painter Edvard Munch had a cottage and studio in Åsgårdstrand on the fjord and the Oslofjord appears in several of his paintings, including the "Scream" and "Girls on the Bridge".


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