Hiking 96 - 120 hours 106.5 km
Kongevegen over Filefjell is a diverse trail showcasing everything from fjords and mountains to inland valleys. A total of 45 km of the 100 km trek are on the original road from the 1790s. Here you can experience the ‘French model’ of road construction, the shortest viable route - heading straight over the mountain and back down the other side. Dramatic landscapes characterize the hike with steep mountains around you and a river running through the valley below. Most of the trail is overgrown grass on the ancient King’s roadway.
Since the beginning of prehistoric times, people have been travelling over Filefjell. In the Middle Ages it was considered the most used mountain pass between eastern and western Norway. Several Norwegian kings and Vikings travelled across the Norwegian mountains on the same trail that is hiked today.
Up until the 1790s, Kongevegen over Filefjell was a much smaller path of stone and dirt but was later replaced by a four-meter wide road fit for riding horses and carriages. The new high alpine road between Vang and Laerdal was known to be the most spectacular part of the Bergen region. Today the road is one of the best cultural monuments in the country.
By foot, stroll between historic markets, stunning fjords and inland valleys much alike Norway’s historic ancestors did. After a few days, you’ll venture into a new landscape with it’s own aromas, sounds and topography heading from vegetable gardens in Lærdal to the high mountain flora of Filefjell and onwards to the deciduous forests on the northern part of Vang Lake. The route’s history is with you throughout the entire journey as you learn about the King’s road built in the 1790s. Accommodation and food are among offered along the Kongevegen route for you to break up the 100 km journey and have some hot meals along the way. Another option is to use one of the accommodation offerings as your home base and do day trips to various parts of the trail from there. Transportation and guides are also available for advanced booking.
Some sections of the route will take you on public back roads. You shouldn’t run in to too much traffic, but do take care as you share the road with cars. Although a longer route, it is possible to stay on the trail and avoid traffic all together. There are short sections where you must follow along the E16, most often to pass through the narrowest valleys where the new highway meets up with the old King’s road, Kongevegen.
Road Upgrades - Filefjell 2015
Although there is considerable construction along the E16 from Smedal Lake to the end of the tunnel near the Stølen Church, you shouldn’t notice it too much along the trail. On some sections from Tyinkrysset and down to the Varpe Bridge (about 3 km) expect construction.
The map shows the walking route from Lærdalsøyri to Vang in Valdres. Download TurApp in the App Store or in Google Play & track yourself along the route. You can also adjust the map to your desired view, download & print it.