Scenic Hikes – King’s Road

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The King’s Road is a journey through history. Dating back to the 1790’s, the 100 km long royal route was built by hand by thousands of workers, forming the main road between Oslo and Bergen during the 18th and 19th century. In the old days the roads were used by horse and carriage, as well by foot and sledge during winter times. 

Today, most of the route is still in very good condition, making it a cultural heritage site and one of the best maintained hiking tracks in the area. The route consists of four original road sections connected by paved secondary roads. The authentic sections make up a total of 45 km and have over time been reclaimed by nature making them into exciting trails with overgrown grass and plants.

This area has more than 17 different routes. If you base yourself at Filefjellstuene and make use of their daily shuttle service, you can stay for numerous days and enjoy as many of the highlights of the route as you prefer. Every morning a local guide from the King’s Road Programme will meet you at the hotel to present the different options and, depending on the weather, your fitness level and your personal preferences, find the best hike of the day for you. There will then be a transportation to and from the section you choose to hike for that day.

The route is fairly steep in some places and supported by old rocks and brick walls creating spectacular views. It is a great route both families, groups and couples. The paths offer everything from great scenery and short 2-km-walks to multi-day tours and excursions to the full stretch (110 km).

Accommodation, food and drinks:

  • Accommodations at Filefjellstuene is included
  • Food and drinks are included and served at the accommodation
  • Dinner will be a 2 course dinner for Filefjellstuene.

Transportation:

  • Shuttle transport to/from the routes are included
  • Bus transportation round-trip from Oslo to start and end of tour 
    available as add-ons.

Luggage transportation:

  • Luggage transportation is not necessary, only one accommodation for this tour.

Agenda:

  • Day 1: Arrival at Filefjellstuene
  • Day 2: Hiking Kings Road
  • Day 3: Hiking Kings Road + Departure

Accommodation:

  • Filefjellstuene

Hike agenda / Stage information:

For the Kongevegen / King’s Road programme you will be offered a different option each morning depending on the weather, your fitness level and your personal preferences. There will then be a transportation to and from the section you choose to hike for that day.

About Kongevegen / Kings Road:

In the old days the roads were used by horse and carriage, as well by foot and sledge in the winter. The route is fairly steep on some places and supported by a old rock and brick walls creating a spectacular view and some of the famous photos spots like the one from Vindellaveien that the route now might be most known for. This section of the King’s road is picture perfect, but unfortunately the road was deemed too steep for this type of traffic. The stretch was then replaced by a better road more suitable. In 2017 the Kings road won the “EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/ Europa Nostra Award” for the work and restoration done with the creation on the hiking route.

Yngve Ask
Yngve Ask
Sverre Hjørnevik
Sverre Hjørnevik

The route passes several waterfalls and rivers. A hike on this route can be recommended during all season. With snowshoes on the snow, or a hike in the spring when the flowers bloom. Or during a hot summer day. It’s never really the wrong time to take a hike on this trail! Along the Kings Road route you will also find Borgund Stave Church, one of the most authentic and well-preserved of all of Norway’s stave churches. It dates back to 1180s and is a big tourist attraction by itself. Pass by to see the church exhibition, shop or visitor centre.

Relaxing Scenic Bus Ride

Ride with Valdresekspressen!

Enjoy the scenic journey from Oslo to the Valdres Region. After leaving the bustle of the capital you will soon find yourself on countryside roads passing through small towns and surrounded by lakes and fields. As you get further into the country, you will see the mountains in the distance and before you know you’ll find yourself climbing the steep roads that take you straight into the national park. The coach has adjustable seats, free WiFi, outlets with USB charging ports and toilet facilities on board.

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