Kyrkjestølen to Maristuen Hiking
Hike across Filefjell and reach the highest point of Kongevegen
- Destination: Filefjell Kongevegen
- Season: June–October
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 10.5 kilometers (point‑to‑point)
- Elevation Gain: 370 meters
- Duration: 3–5 hours
About Kyrkjestølen to Maristuen
The hike over Filefjell, from Kyrkjestølen to Maristova, takes you over the highest point of Kongevegen. The high mountain trail, above the treeline, provides incredible views of Jotunheimen and the nearby fjords.
From Bergen, the Øst-Vestekspressen bus departs daily at 09:10 and arrives at Tyinkrysset at 13:23. This bus route also departs daily from Lillehammer at 9:15 and arriving in Tyinkrysset at 13:18. Book your ticket for the Øst-Vestekspressen bus with NOR-WAY Bussekspress here.
Kyrkjestølen is located a few kilometers from Tyinkrysset. Visit en-tur.no for local transportation options between the two locations.
For transportation by taxi call the local taxi in the area
Vang Taxi: +47 46 46 46 04
Christoffer Kvien: +47 46 30 46 30
There are parking lots available at Filefjellstuene, Kyrkjestølen, and Maristova.
Kyrkjestølen to Maristova
From Kyrkjestølen, a beautiful grass-lined trail rises gently to Kongevegen's highest point between Vang and Lærdal at 1220 masl. Stiftstøtta is found at the top and a great place to stop for a rest.
Descending from the highest point of the trail you will reach Håvardskleivi, known as "The seven disappointments", seven steep slopes right after one another. Luckily you are walking down these slopes. Maristova is located at the end of the trail at 810 masl.
Alternate route onward to Borlaug
Optionally you can choose to prolong this hike by going on to Borlaug. This will add about 10 kilometers to your hike.
From Maristova, cross a paved secondary road, look for and follow signs for Kongevegen. After approximately hundred meters, you will cross Odde brui, a bridge rebuilt according to old drawings from the 19th century. For the next one kilometer, pay close attention to all signs because Kongevegen is crossing the paved road several times on its way down to Honningane. If unsure of where to go, follow the tracked trail on the Outtt app or website.
From Honningane, follow the secondary paved road along the river for approximately 4 kilometers, before a sign leads you to the right onto a narrow trail through woods and fields down to Borlaug.
Several great points of interest are found along the hiking route. Take a look at St. Thomaskyrkja at the starting point by Kyrkjestølen. When you reach the highest point of Kongevegen you will pass a monument in marble called Stiftstøtta, raised when the road first was constructed.
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