Øye to Tyinkrysset Hiking Trail
Hike from the forest in Øye to the entry point of Filefjell mountain
- Destination: Filefjell Kongevegen
- Season: May-October
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 12.3 kilometers (point‑to‑point)
- Elevation Gain: 600 meters
- Duration: 4-6 hours
About Øye to Tyinkrysset
The historic road between Øye and Tyinkrysset starts at the end of the Vangsmjøsa lake by the Øye Stave Church. The trail is mainly grass and gravel and takes you from wooded inland countryside to the open mountain scenery on the Filefjell plateau.
From Bergen, the Øst-Vestekspressen Bus departs daily at 09:10 and arrives at Tyinkrysset at 13:23 or Grindeheim (the other end of the hike) at 14:30. This bus route also departs daily from Lillehammer at 9:15, arriving in Grindeheim at 12:56 and Tyinkrysset at 13:18. Book your ticket for the Øst-Vestekspressen bus with NOR-WAY Bussekspress here.
Other Public Transportation
There are a lot of bus stops along the hiking route between Vang and Lærdal due to E16 running parallel to Kongevegen. All travel can be planned on en-tur.no
Call the local taxi guy Christoffer Kvien at +47 46 30 46 30
There is a small parking area at the Øye Stave Church and a large parking lot available at Filefjell.
From Øye Stave Church, follow E16 for 1.4 kilometers before turning left onto the historic road marked by an obvious sign. The road goes up and down in gentle slopes towards Varpe bridge. Just before the Kølabrune bridge, there is a steep climb until the terrain flattens out towards Tyinkrysset. Turn left onto Grøvstølvegen and finish the hike at Filefjellstuene, where you can stay the night and enjoy great local food.
This section of Kongevegen has several good examples of the French style of road construction, where the road heads straight as long as possible despite the hilly terrain. The steep hills were once impossible for horses with a cart to pass without several breaks.
Where to stay
Filefjell is a mountain village and resort with several different options on where to stay.
- Filefjellstuene mountain lodge serves great food and offers nice rooms and cabins.
- There are a lot of private cabins available for rent in Filefjell through Airbnb.
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