Hiking 3.5 - 4.5 h 8.6 km
The round trip over Seltunåsen (returning via Kongevegen through Galdane) is amongst the most scenic hikes in Norway. The Kongevegen section of the trail, which was finished in 1794, tackles the mountainous terrain in straight up the hillside, similar to the French Principle. The section over Seltunåsen though, was built about 50 years later in a vastly different style of switchback roadways, providing a much gentler hike. The path is gravel and easy to walk along.
Take a break for lunch at Husmanns Place in Galdane. The ‘Sjurhaug’ waterfall has an impressive trail system down to the river for salmon fishers. This is a perfect round trip hike with lots of diversity.
Historic route over Seltunåsen
The Lærdal section of the road to Bergen via Seltåsen was built around 1845 by Captain Henrik Christian Finne (1797-1870). The road replaced the initial King’s Road from the late 1700s.
It took 300 workers to build the new road. Many traces of the workers are still present today which can be seen along your journey. Along the trail up to Steinåsen, you can see the old campgrounds where many of the workers lived while they were constructing the road. Captain Finne was criticized for spending too much effort on masonry rather than using explosives to exterminate the road.
The section over Gravdalen is one of the most impressive parts of the road with a hand crafted stonewall that reaches over 15 meters high. For those that are particularly adventurous, there’s a tunnel through the stonewall located at the bottom of the valley in Gravdalen.
The route via Seltåsen is the perfect hike in combination with the Kongevegen section through Galdane.
The trip is 9 km long and takes about 4 hours including a lunch break.
Check out the information signs along the way that tell the area’s history more in-depth.
You can start this hike from Seltun, Koren or Sjurhaugen.