Exploring the Kingsroad

Entrance Borgund Stave Church + guided tour to Vindhella


Available periods
Daily 01.06-31.08


Borgund Stave Church is the best preserved stave church in the world. Vindhella is one of the greatest engineering feats in road construction and the most famous section of the King's Road across Filefjell. 

Now you can experience both wonders in one and the same package!

At noon you start the experience with entering the visitor centre, which have Stave Church and Viking exhibitions, cafe, travel shop and toilets, before going to the Stave Church and experiencing the mysticism of the Middle Ages. The ticket is valid for the whole day. The event is self guided or you listen to the church guides.

At 1.30 p.m. you'll meet one of our skilled guides (not the same guide as in the stave church) and we walk up the east side of Vindhella to the top of the famous hairpin bends.

On the way, you will learn about the King's Road and the construction of the masterpiece that meanders on high walls down through the mountain pass. Hear about the road workers, about slave labor and punishment, about railings and stones, colors and kings.

Also learn that the Vindhella pass may have been a strategic point of defense and control in ancient times and the narrowest passage between east and west in southern Norway. Here is a hill fort, ancient defense facilities, and the site for an ambush by the medieval rebel army «Birkebeinerne».

After a while at the hairpin bends at the top, the guide turns and goes back to the Stave Church. You can join, or you can go down to Rimskjold on your own or take the round trip across Sverrestigen back to the Stave Church. The guide helps you with the directions.

Time: Daily at noon (entrance to the stave church) and 1.30 p.m. (start of the Vindhella walk)
Period: June 1. - August 31.
Length: 2-3 hours. Entrance to the stave church is a full day ticket

Start walk: Daily at 1:30 p.m. Meet next to the stave church
Ending: Same as start
Length: The trip takes 45-55 minutes

Registration: By booking online on this page
Language: English and/or Norwegian

Included: Entrance Borgund stave church and visitor centre, guide, return trip to Vindhella

Below you can choose between entrance to the stave church + guided tour to Vindhella, or just the guided tour to Vindhella: