Vindhellavegen Hiking

Roundtrip starting by Borgund Stave Church

  • Photo: Samuel Taipale

  • Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik

  • Photo: Samuel Taipale

  • Photo: Samuel Taipale

Essential info

  • Destination: Kongevegen
  • Season: April–November
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 4.2 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 280 meters
  • Duration: 1–2.5 hours

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About Vindhellavegen

The first quarter of the route is the most famous lined with tight switchback roads. You’re guaranteed to be impressed. From Borgund, the hike shouldn’t be much more than 30 minutes each way but you can continue to explore the road from there. The most famous section of route was built in 1840 and it is also the most immersed in nature along the Vindhella portion of Kongevegen.
The 2.7 km long road from 1843 was initially built for transportation using a then new building concept that until 1843 had not previously been tested in Norway. The road was built in high alpine terrain and consists of four 180-degree turns of soaring stonewalls. The old King's Road from 1793 is visible between the switchbacks and by looking back on the newer section built 50 years later. Due to the steep ascents and switchback conditions, this section of the road was only in service for a mere 30 years. In 1872 the old road was replaced with a new road along the river through Nesbergi.

If you would prefer a round trip, we advise you to do the Vindhellavegen road on the way out and the Sverrestigen on the way back. On the map, Vindhellavegen road is the most right route between Husum and Borgund, while Sverrestigen runs like a horseshoe facing south back up.

According to historical records, King Sverre took this back route to bypass the dangerous and rigorous Vindhella. It was said though that farmers threw rocks as his head as he passed underneath their farms.


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