The best viewpoint over Bygdin Lake
- Destination: Vang
- Season: June–November
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 5.7 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 470 meters
- Duration: 1.5–3 hours
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If you're interested in the best viewpoint of Bygdin Lake, then Kungsliknuppen is for you. It is a great afternoon hike, that also has views of the nearby mountains, Mefjellet and Synshorn.
There are two options, however, it's important to note that the access road is only open during the summer.
From Beitostølen take bus 602 towards Gjendesheim, and get off at "Bygdin". Use En-tur to plan the trip.
Another option is to take NW161 Valdresekspressen from Oslo or Beitostølen and get off at "Bygdin". Check out the other accessible adventures along the Valdresekspressen bus route, Valdresekspressen Pocket Guide.
From the parking lot at Fagerstrand, hike uphill on the western side of creek towards Heimre Fagerdalen. The trail will then flatten out, at around 1,260 to 1,280 m.a.s.l., where there are several low stone walls, that were most likely used by Austrian alpine troops during the war. Continue south near the ridge, before reaching the top of the mountain, where there are nice views of the Bygdin area below.
Return the same way, or do a round trip, by hiking north over Mount Mefjell, before the top of the mountain there is a reindeer pit. From there continue hiking west, where you soon will find the T-marked trail that can be to Bygdisheim, and then to Fagerstrand.
Another option is to follow the ridge north and then down to the trail in Heimre Fagerdalen and then along Heimre Fagerdalstjernet. This route takes you along the western side of the pond, where there is a reindeer pit. From there follow the same trail that you ascended on.
Both of these routes take approximately 2- 2½ hours.
- Free parking
- Nearby cafe