Kongevegen over Filefjell

Norway

Photo: Samuel Taipale

Journey along “The King's Road”, one of the most spectacular hiking routes in Norway and awarded the EU prize for Cultural Heritage in 2017.

Kongevegen takes you from Vangsmjøsa lake, over the mountain plateau Filefjell and to Lærdaløyri (Lærdal city) situated by Sognefjorden. 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 km route consists of four original road sections connected by paved secondary roads. The authentic sections make up a total of 45 km and are perfect hiking trails with overgrown grass and gravel.

The hike is typically completed over five days. The recommended starting point is Vang, with the westerly route offering a more downhill hike. It's also possible to base yourself in one location and take day-trips to the surrounding sights and trails. The local accommodation providers along the route can offer advice on nearby highlights.

July and August are the most popular months for hiking Kongevegen, but September and October are lovely for experiencing the beautiful autumn 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.

Hiking Kongevegen

Transport & accommodation

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How to get to Kongevegen

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