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.
Vindhellavegen is the most spectacular stretch of Kongevegen over Filefjell, one of Norway’s most historic hiking trails. Beginning next to the stunningly preserved Borgund Stave Church the trail leads to the mesmerising switchbacks that lead the road back and forth down the steep hill to Husum. From there, another historical walking trail leads through the forest back to the church.
The road is an excellent depiction of what types of roads were possible to build before dynamite was readily available.
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…