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Historical hiking on trails from 1793 The King's Road over Filefjell
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Multi-day hiking tour with shuttle service
Farmlands, mountains and fjords

The King's Road over Filefjell is a historical hiking trail. On foot, travel between historic markets, stunning fjords and inland valleys, just as Norway’s historic ancestors did. After a few days, you’ll venture into new landscape with its own aromas, sounds and topography, heading from lush fauna in the Lærdal valley to the high mountain flora on the Filefjell plateau.

On this multi-day hiking trip you'll have one basecamp, and make use of a daily shuttle service to the starting point of the different highlights of the route. The King's Road will give you a great taste of what this amazing area has to offer, and yields the possibility to see both fjords and mountains, sample traditional local food and learn about local history and culture.

Program Map
Specially recommended for
Family

The King's Road is suitable for all members of an average family. Ask for advice about what routes will fit your family if you are uncertain. 

Active best-agers

This is the perfect round trip for active best-agers looking for the little extra. History, good food and amazing views in great combination. 

Highlights
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Well-prepared hiking trails The hiking trails on the King's Road across Filefjell are well-prepared and well-marked with signs and several information boards along the way.
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A millenium of history The King's Road offer visitors a unique hiking and cultural experience. The road was completed in 1793, and it replaced the old bridle and packhorse track from the middle ages, and the post trail from the 17th century.
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All-year adventure This road is a perfect all-year adventure. During winter time the authentic sections of the route are perfect trails for snowshoeing.
The King's Road over Filefjell
Day by day program

The King’s Road is a journey through history. The massive stone walls along the route were handbuilt by thousands of workers, forming the main road between Oslo and Bergen in the 18th and 19th century.

The 100 km route consists of four original road sections connected by secondary roads. The authentic sections make up a total of 45 km of road, and are perfect hiking trails with overgrown grass and gravel. If you choose Filefjellstuene as your base and make use of their daily shuttle service, you can enjoy as many of the highlights of the route as you prefer, without having to worry about your luggage along the way.

× Please note that the order of the program may vary depending on weather conditions.
Let's go
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Part 1: Kvamskleiva
Part 1

Kvamskleiva

Kvamskleiva is the first section of the hike along Kongevegen from Vang to Lærdal and one of the original roads built in 1808. The trail lifts you up and over Kvamskleiva overlooking Vangsmjøsa, Vang’s beautiful lake.

The original stone walls lining the road were built to help travelers maneuver the trail safely, but this road was known to be quite treacherous for vehicles when it was used for transportation. Now acting as just a hiking path, it is one of the best known and highly regarded hiking trails that one can enjoy in Norway. 

Map & details Part 2

Accommodation:

Distance/time:

4.7 km/1-2 hrs

Elevation gain:

250 m

Difficulty level:

Medium
Part 2: Øye to Tyinkrysset
Part 2

Øye to Tyinkrysset

The historic road between Øye and Tyinkrysset starts at the end of the Vangsmjøsa lake by the Øye Stave Church. The trail is mainly grass and gravel and takes you from wooded inland countryside to the open mountain scenery on the Filefjell plateau.

Map & details Part 3

Accommodation:

Distance/time:

12.3 km/4-6 hrs

Elevation gain:

600 m

Difficulty level:

Medium
Part 3: Kyrkjestølen to Maristuen
Part 3

Kyrkjestølen to Maristuen

The hike over Filefjell, from Kyrkjestølen to Maristova, takes you over the highest point of Kongevegen. The high mountain trail, above the treeline, provides incredible views of Jotunheimen and the nearby fjords. 

Map & details Part 4

Accommodation:

Distance/time:

10.5 km/3-5 hrs

Elevation gain:

370 m

Difficulty level:

Medium
Part 4: Vindhellavegen
Part 4

Vindhellavegen

Vindhellavegen, the most spectacular stretch of Kongevegen over Filefjell, begins next to Borgund Stav Church. The road goes through the Vindhella and swings you back and forth down the steep road to Husum. The road is good depiction of what types of roads were possible to build before the time of the dynamite. Built in 1842-43, the road was only suitable for horse and cart.

The road is now covered with grass and it is not a long hike from Borgund Stave Church, which is one of Norway's best preserved Stave churches and definitely worth a visit.

Map & details Part 5

Accommodation:

Distance/time:

4.1 km/1-2.5 hrs

Elevation gain:

280 m

Difficulty level:

Easy
Part 5: Seltun to Lærdalsøyri
Part 5

Seltun to Lærdalsøyri

This hike takes you through the lush Lærdal valley along the river down to the fjord. Lærdal river is one of the most famous salmon fishing lakes in Norway and at Seltun gard there is a good chance you could see salmon swimming upstream in the river. 

Lærdal is known for the vegetable gardens. The steep hill sides turns into wide flood plains as you are walking from Saltkjelen to Rikheim. If you are hiking late August or September you can buy apples or plums on your way to Lærdalsøyri.

Lærdalsøyri is an old trading place at the end of the Sognefjord. Walk through the streets and see the wooden houses built 100 to 300 years ago. Lærdal was once a lively fishing village with lots of boats a…

Map & details

Accommodation:

Distance/time:

40.3 km/6-7 hrs

Elevation gain:

0 m

Difficulty level:

Medium
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Accommodation

Filefjellstuene Lodge is located at Tyinkrysset, 900 m.a.s.l, by the old King’s Road. It's easily accessible from the E16 road between Oslo and Bergen, and consists of a lodge, a restaurant with local cuisine, and 14 modern cabins suitable for 2-12 persons.

More about Filefjellstuene
The hiker-friendly mountain lodge
Sauna

The large cabins have a private sauna.

Self-catering or full board

You can choose between self-catered or half/full board stays.

Separate kitchen and washroom

All cabins are equipped with a separate kitchen and washroom.

Free parking

Easily accessible and free parking nearby the cabins.

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