The Kongevegen route travels from Vangsmjøsa lake, over the Filefjell mountain plateau and down to Lærdal village by the Sognefjord. The hike is a journey through history. The massive stone walls along the route were handbuilt by thousands of workers, forming the main road between Oslo and Bergen at the beginning of the 19th century.
The 100 kilometer route consists of four original road sections connected by paved secondary roads. The authentic sections make up a total of 45 kilometers and are perfect hiking trails with overgrown grass and gravel.
Kongevegen can be completed as one hike over five days, starting in Vang. However, it is more common to take day trips to the surrounding sights and trails. The local accommodation providers along the route can offer advice on nearby highlights. The map below offers more information on accommodation, grocery stores and adventures along Kongevegen.
July and August are the most popular months for hiking Kongevegen, but September and October are lovely for experiencing the beautiful fall colors. It’s possible to walk sections around Vang and Lærdal from the beginning of May, but the snow on the plateau doesn’t usually melt until late June.