Øye to Tyinkrysset Hiking
Day 2: Hike from the forest in Øye to the mountain plateau of Filefjell
- Destination: Kongevegen
- Season: May–October
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 19.3 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 640 meters
- Duration: 6–7 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.
There are a lot of bus stops along the hiking route between Vang and Lærdal due to E16 running parallel to Kongevegen.
Christoffer Kvien: +47 46 30 46 30
There is a small parking area at the Øye Stave Church and a large amount of parking 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.
End-point: Filefjellstuene or Kyrkjestølen
The trail is mostly grass or gravel and asphalt for 1.4 kilometers from Øye stave church until the trailhead.
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.