The Kongevegen route travels from Vangsmjøsa lake, over the Filefjell mountain plateau and down to Lærdal village by the Sognefjord. The hike 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 at the beginning of the 19th century.
The 100 kilometer route consists of four original road sections connected by paved secondary roads. The authentic sections make up a total of 45 kilometers and are perfect hiking trails with overgrown grass and gravel.
Kongevegen can be completed as one hike over five days, starting in Vang. However, it is more common to take day trips to the surrounding sights and trails. The local accommodation providers along the route can offer advice on nearby highlights. The map below offers more information on accommodation, grocery stores and adventures along Kongevegen.
July and August are the most popular months for hiking Kongevegen, but September and October are lovely for experiencing the beautiful fall colors. It’s possible to walk sections around Vang and Lærdal from the beginning of May, but the snow on the plateau doesn’t usually melt until late June.
Tips and hints
Wander 18th century roads
Hike in the footsteps of kings along the old roads from the 18th century. Vindhellavegen by Borgund and Kvamskleiva close to Vang are highlights.
Stay at traditional hotels
Book a night at Maristova, Kyrkjestølen, Sanden Pensjonat or Lindstrøm Hotel for a traditional Norwegian hotel experience.
Admire a stave church
28 stave churches remain standing in Norway today. Two of them are located along the route: Øye and Borgund.
Explore the forests
In the low-season when snow covers many parts of Kongevegen, it’s still possible to explore around Galdane and Seltunåsenwhich remain mostly snow-free.
Tackle the mountain pass
Hike the old mountain pass between Kyrkjestølen and Maristova, over Kongevegen’s highest point. The trail provides panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Continue into Jotunheimen
Kongevegen is located just south of the famous Jotunheimen National Park. Trek to Vettisfossen waterfall or one of the many peaks in the area.
From Oslo, take the Valdresekspressen bus. The journey from Oslo to Filefjell takes around 4.5 hours. Note that some of the journies will have a transfer at Fagernes.
From Bergen, take the Øst-Vestekspressen bus. The journey from Oslo to Filefjell takes just over 4 hours.
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