Photo: Samuel Taipale

3 Days Along Kongevegen by Car

Having a car along Kongevegen will, of course, give you much more flexibility as it is easier to travel around to the different hikes along Kongevegen. At the same time, you often need to get back to your car so loop hikes are definitely better than hikes where you have to hike back the same way as you hiked in. 

Kongevegen is situated along road E16 and you can easily drive there in a day from Oslo(4 hours) or from Bergen(3.5 hours)

If you have 2-3 days and you are traveling by car along Kongevegen we suggest you stop by these adventures.

Day 1
Spend the first day visiting the old road by Kvamskleiva. This part of Kongevegen is recently renovated to bring back the old road from the 19th century. 

Stay the night at Filefjellstuene or Kyrkjestølen

Day 2
On day two visit Borgund Stave Church and Vindhellavegen. Vindhellavegen is a loop starting from Borgund Stave Church so you can park your car there and visit both at the same time. There is also a cafe and a visitor center right by the church. 

Stay the night at Borlaug Vandrerhjem, Borgund Camping or drive down to Sanden Pensjonat

Day 3
On day three visit Seltunåsen. Seltunåsen is also a loop hike bringing you back to the car when you are done hiking. This hike takes you through the old road going through Galdane and Seltun, and it covers two types of road constructions as one is built 50 years before the other. 

If you have the time drive down to Lærdal which is the endpoint for Kongevegen. This little town is buzzing with life during the summertime and is well worth a visit. 

Download this guide, including all hiking trails and maps, in the Outtt app.

Day 1

Kvamskleiva

Filefjell Kongevegen

Hiking Trail
Medium
4.7 km · 1 – 2 hr

Kvamskleiva

Kvamskleiva is the first section of the hike along Kongevegen from Vang to Lærdal and one of the original roads built in 1808. The trail lifts you up and over Kvamskleiva overlooking Vangsmjøsa, Vang’s beautiful lake.

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Day 2

Vindhellavegen

Filefjell Kongevegen

Hiking Trail
Easy
4.1 km · 1 – 2.5 hr

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.

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Borgund Stave Church

Filefjell Kongevegen

Cultural Heritage
Easy
 

Borgund Stave Church

In the small community of Borgund lays the stunning Borgund Stave Church. It’s one of the most distinctive and famous stave churches in all of Norway. Stave churches are characterized by the unique building style of their roofs, in which the galleries are stacked up upon each other.

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Day 3

Galdane and Seltunåsen

Filefjell Kongevegen

Hiking Trail
Medium
8.6 km · 3.5 – 4.5 hr

Galdane and Seltunåsen

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.

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