Soak up magnificent views of the Fortun valley
- Destination: Sognefjellsvegen
- Season: January–December
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 6.3 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 600 meters
- Duration: 5–6 hours
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Fuglesteg is located 630 meters above the Fortun valley. During the hike to Fuglesteg, you will find yourself hiking up and down the mountains surrounded by the lush trees and grasses. This makes it an excellent area for birdwatching especially from 1 May until 1 November. Although the trail is open all year long, it can get particularly icy and dangerous in the winter months.
The trip up is demanding, but there are benches with tables to rest at and soak-up the magnificent view of the valley.
The trail leads you to the historic Fuglesteg, a wooden and stone farmhouse dating back to the mid-17th century. Fuglesteg was abandoned and then destroyed by a fire, but in 2004 it was rebuilt. Less than a year later the farmhouse had more than 2,000 visitors.
Take Road 55 from Lom until you reach Fortun. When you are close to the Fortun area, Road 55 is referred to as Sognefjellsvegen road. There is public parking in the gravel lot at the intersection of Sognefjellsvegen road and Fv332. It is the first turn after the Coop grocery store.
The hike starts at the gravel parking lot. There are signs leading you to a tractor road, about 500 meters away, on the opposite side of the national road. Make sure you close the gate after going through. There is also an information board here.
It is nearly impossible to get lost because there is only one trail that has very good signs leading to Fuglesteg. The first part of the hike is on a tractor road before the trail turns into a smaller footpath. The entire trip is a bit like a roller coaster, as there are lots of steep slopes on the side of the mountain to go up and down. Although the path is is also very twisty, the beautiful views of the valley and waterfalls along the way make it worth it.
Instead of returning the way route you came, you can hike from Fuglesteg to Berdalen, a mountain summer farm then to Turtagrø Hotel.
- In the summer season baked goods, coffee, and juice are served at the cabin
- Stock-up on food at the Coop in Fortun
Where to stay
Fuglesteg is an unattended DNT cabin with 31 beds. It can only be accessed with a DNT key. If you are interested in staying at Fuglesteg but are not yet a DNT member you can contact Stein Bugge Næss, 6875 Høyheimsvik (Luster Fjordhytter), tel. +47 57 68 65 00.
Another option is Turtagrø Hotel, which is located off of Road 55 and is accessible by car. It dates back to the 19th century, but it was recently renovated and is the closest accommodation to Fuglesteg. Campsite rental is also available which includes access to showers, toilets, and a common area.