Dronningstien, “the Queen’s route”, runs between the two villages of Kinsarvik and Lofthus in Hardanger. The trail climbs up to 1,100 meters, with the Sørfjord (an inner branch of the Hardangerfjord) on one side, and Hardangervidda National Park on the other. The Folgefonna Glacier glimmers in the distance.
The hike is varied, leading through forest, high mountain terrain, and fruit orchards. There are fantastic panoramas along the trail and a number of spectacular viewpoints.
The trail is known as the Queen’s route because it is one of the Norwegian Queen Sonja’s favourite hikes in Hardanger.
Hotel Ullensvang is the perfect place to stay at the end of the trail in Lofthus. If you are a guest they can help to organise transport to the trailhead.
- Take enough water for the whole trip as there are not a lot of good sources along the trail.
- High above the fjord the weather can change quickly, so have warm and waterproof layers available.
- Hiking boots/shoes are highly recommended.
- Walking sticks are recommended for the descent into Lofthus, particularly for those with bad knees.
Tips, hints and links
- Parking at the trailhead for 200 NOK for the day, payable by cash or Vipps.
The trailhead is located at Røte, 4.5 kilometers from Kinsarvik or a 10 minute drive from Lofthus.
If you’re in a group, leave a car in Lofthus before starting. Otherwise, the easiest option is to park or stay in Lofthus and get a taxi to the trailhead.
You can take a taxi to the trailhead from Kinsarvik (200 NOK, up to four people) or Lofthus (400 NOK). In addition there is a road toll for 25 NOK per person. Book with Ullensvang Taxi (in Norwegian) on +47 954 74 575 or with Shuttlebus Hardanger. It is recommended to book in advance since there are few taxis.
Heading south out of Kinsarvik on road 13, turn left immediately after the Esso petrol station and then right into Røtevegen. Follow this road for four kilometers until you reach the parking lot.