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, 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.
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…