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Kingsroad Supreme - 5 days

Viking chiefs, medieval kings and the Danish King's officials. They all had one thing in common when they traveled between the East and West of Norway; they had to walk over the Filefjell mountain. Are we as good as our ancestors? Join the King's Road Supreme tour! It will let you walk the whole King's Road - 5 days - on most of the King's Road sections. 

Okay, the Danish bishop Pontoppidan had a lazy journey. He was dragged on a sled across the mountain by local peasants in 1749, not just one, but two times. Everyone else had to use their feet. Even with the help of horses it was a fatiguing journey.

In our time, we can experience this as an adventure. Join in for a memorable five-day hike on the King's Road across Filefjell. Reach the highest point at 1250 m.a.s.l. - a hike trough some of the most amazing nature Norwegian has to offer, and experience rich cultural heritage site and monuments on the way. You walk from East-Norway to West-Norway, starting in the valley of Valdres, spend the nights in hotels and cabins, and ends up in the valley of Lærdal, in the old town of Lærdalsøyri by the Sognefjord.

In the meantime, we carry the luggage for you. A bit like we did with Pontoppidan 😃

ARRIVAL DAY:
You arrive at Rogn camping or Sommerhotellet in Vang in Valdres with a car or a bus and can check in for a pleasant evening and a good night's sleep. There is also a direct bus from Bergen (NW 162 Øst/Vest Xpressen) and from Oslo (NW 160 Valdresekspressen) to a bus stop near Rogn camping, which fits with check-in in this tour package. The bus routes follow the highway E16.
After arrival, you can buy supper/dinner in the Vang village, at the Sommerhotellet i Vang (must be booked in advance, not included in tour package).

NEXT DAY, WALKING DAY no. 1: Kvamskleive and Øye-Tyinkrysset
After breakfast in Rogn's 200-year-old traditional storehouse, or at Sommerhotellet, the adventure begins. The hosts will drive you to the start of the legendary section Kvamskleive.
Kvamskleive was in use from 1808 and replaced an older road on the other side of lake Vangsmjøse. Parts of the road were terribly steep, and travelers called what they saw under the road for «abyss» and «life-threatening». If you stay at Sommerhotellet, you can start the hike at the hotel. Walk on the footpath along the E16 to Søndrol (2.5 km.) where the section Kvamskleive starts.

On your way over Kvamskleive you can take a small detour down to the old Kvam sheriff's farm. Take a break in the yard where history sits in the walls. Just remember not to smoke or use open fire, and mind the domestic animals.

At the end of Kvamskleive you have come down to the highway E16 again. Here is a picnic place and toilet. Next is the bike station; cross the E16 and follow the highway on the left side in the eastbound direction 330 meters (NOTE: Strong traffic, sharp turn and 80-zone. Be careful!). Around the bend, take the local road to the left over the bridge (Hemsingbrue). Just to the right after the bridge you see the bike station. You have received the code for the padlock. After you have found a bicycle, remember to make sure that the wire passes all the bicycles on the stand before closing the padlock. Then you cycle the next section which is Vennisvegen. It first starts with just under 3 kilometers of steep uphill - it is possible you do best in rolling the bike - but immediately after you get an easy and beautiful bike ride through the villages on the north side of lake Vangsmjøse. Just remember to take off towards Vennis and Øye (yellow signs) at the intersection 1.8 km. after start. The Vennis area is known for its landscape, cultural heritage and shoreline. A leisurely bike ride to Øye takes a couple of hours.

NB: Bicycle is included in the package, but if you don't want to cycle, you can take a public bus from Søndrol to the section after Vennisvegen, the Øye-Tyinkrysset section at 09.04 (route 138 to Tyinkrysset, not Saturdays/Sundays) or at 12.34 (NW 162, daily). Get off at the first stop after the Rødøl tunnel and walk 6-700 meters back along the old E16 down towards Øye. After the turn, enter the King's Road again by turning right at the yellow house. You are then at the start of the Øye-Tyinkrysset section.
Even easier you can follow the car transporting your luggage. The car will drop you off at the start of Øye-Tyinkrysset. Ask the hosts at Rogn or Sommerhotellet for details.

If you choose the bike; when you arrive at Øye Stave Church, feel free to hop off and visit the small church that was found under a floor (!) almost 90 years ago.
After the stave church you cycle 1.5 km. on the old E16 up to Krokasvingadn where you place your bike at the bike station. Place the bike in the rack and lock it with the padlock which hangs there. Put the helmet in the wooden box and lock it.

Then continue on the section Øye-Tyinkrysset on foot. The start is just below the bike station. The King's Road goes in hilly terrain and with a few exceptions on grass cover up towards Tyinkrysset. At Tyinkrysset, the King's Road passes through the cabin estate, and at «Grøvstølbrue» (small modern wooden bridge) you go left and up towards Filefjellstuene. Here you will spend the night. Your luggage has been brought here.
You can buy dinner in the restaurant at Filefjellstuene.
Facts first day of hiking: A total of 19.5 kilometers, 1.5 kilometers of this on asphalt.

DAY 2: Tyinkrysset-Kyrkjestølen-Maristova
After breakfast in the restaurant of Filefjellstuene, you will experience the high mountain stretches across Filefjell. You walk the Tyinkrysset-Kyrkjestølen section and continue on Kyrkjestølen-Maristova section. You will reach the highest point of the road, 1250 m.a.s.l - in the area of ​​Stiftstøtta – a marble monument that marked the old border between the dioceses of Akerhus and Bjørgvin.
After a while you will descend down to Maristova and here you will stay in the cabins of Maristuen Fjellferie. Your luggage has been brought here. Maristova do not have any restaurant. But the host sells premade supper/dinner dishes that you cock yourself in the cabin.
If you talk to the host on beforehand, you can get a brief tour of Margrethestova (1792) where Director-General of Roads, C. J. Hammer, stayed when he supervised the construction of the King's Road (not included in the price). His four-poster bed still stands there!
Facts on the second hiking day: About 18 kilometers in the mountains. Mostly grass cover. There are smaller stretches with asphalt between Filefjellstuene and Kyrkjestølen at the start of the day.

DAY 3: Maristova-Borgund
After breakfast which you prepare yourself in your cabin together with a lunch packet, the hike starts on the Maristova-Borlaug section, with Brattebakken bridge as an attraction.
Well down at Borlaug you pass Borlo Farmyard with 21 buildings of exhibits showing the diversity in the mountain village of Borgund. 

Here you go to the bike station and choose a bike. You will find the station on the other side of the E16, at HI Borlaug (the station may be difficult to see from the King's Road, but you will find it as soon as you are at Hi Borlaug). You have received the code for the padlock. After you have found a bicycle, remember to make sure that the wire passes all the bicycles on the stand before closing the padlock. Then you cycle to the next section, Borlaug-Borgund stave church, first a little along the E16, then along the old E16.

NOTE: Be extra careful when crossing the E16 to the cycling station and when cycling along the E16 down to the junction towards Borgund! For your own safety, we ask you to roll the bike 500 meters down to the intersection.

From there you cycle past small farms with pasture for sheep and goats. Several campsites are located here, such as Steinklepp camping.

Bicycle is included in the package. If you still want to walk, continue on the King's Road through the heritage landscape of the farmyard and up the hill further ahead. After a little while, you aim at the edge of the E16 and go into the ditch a short distance to where the county road takes off towards Borgund. From here, the King's Road route goes on the old E16 through Borgund.

After an small hour of biking you arrive at the center of village Borgund. Ride to the bike station (you see it to the right side of the road), set aside the bike, lock the padlock and lock the helmet in the wooden box. Then walk back to Eggum farm where you will spend the night. The farm with the yellow cabins are to the right, and close to the village center of Borgund, with the Postaabneriet pub and cafe and Borgund grocery store. The hosts at Eggum sells simple supper/dinner dishes that you cock yourself in the cabin. You can also buy food from the nearby grocery store. Your luggage has been brought to Eggum.
Facts third day of hiking: About 14 kilometers of hiking, about 8 km. of them on asphalt.

DAY 4: Borgund-Selto
After breakfast wich you prepare yourself in the cabin together with a lunch pack, you are ready to walk the most famous sections of the King's Road across Filefjell. You will experience Vindhellavegen, Øygardsvegen and Galdane. And you can visit the world known attraction Borgund Stave Church.
You continue walking down the county road through the center of Borgund and 500 meters westward you meet the junction that leads onto the E16. Do not enter the E16. Go straight ahead and into what was once the national highway 60. Keep going until you walk through the yard of the Borgund hyttesenter and camping a good kilometer later. Here is a cafe/fast food.
Continue a kilometre more towards the junction at the E16 tunnel. You choose the road that goes over the tunnel roof and onto old E16 down to Borgund Stave Church. To access the stave church, the new church, exhibitions, café and toilet, you must buy a ticket in the visitor center.
Then the Vindhellavegen road awaits you. Either you go behind the red church and follow the signs to Vindhellavegen from there. Or you can walk back 300 meters in the direction you came, and start the Vindhellavegen where it actually starts (recommended). Enjoy old road construction!

After walking the Vindhellavegen road, you are down at Rimskjold. From here you walk approximately 500 meters on asphalt (old E16) until you start on Øygardsvegen (to the right).
But first, take a detour (30 metres) to old Nedre Kvame bridge. This beautiful vaulted bridge in stone from 1863 replaced Steine bridge which was swept away during the flood of 1860. Read more at Øygardsvegen.
The next section is another of the legendary stretches on Kongevegen; Galdane. The road through Galdane is full of myths and has provided inspiration for many well-known works of art.
Feel free to take a break at the Galdane croft where the route has been named. Afterwards you continue along the river Lærdalselvi to Seltun where the King's Road meets highway E16.
Here is the hike over. You walk a few meters east to the bus stop at E16 and take bus to Lærdalsøyri (bus not included in the price). 

Bus alternatives:

  • 2.19 pm (NW162 Øst/Vest-ekspressen Monday-Saturday, the bus do not accept dogs) to Håbakken, og bus VY450 further to Lærdalsøyri at 2.50 pm.
  • 2.55 pm to Lærdalsøyri (Bus VY170 daily, do not accept dogs).
  • 5.35 pm (King's Road Bus afternoon route, daily 1. July - 7. Aug.) Accept dogs.
  • 6.23 pm. daily except Saturdays (Route 138 Lærdal-Fagernes, accept dogs). 
  • 6.14 pm (only Sundays, NW162 Øst/Vest-ekspressen, do not accept dogs) to Håbakken and bus 138 further to Lærdalsøyri at 6.43 pm.
  • 8.20 pm to Lærdalsøyri (VY170, daily, do not accept dogs).

In the evening you spend the night at old Lærdalsøyri, either at Sanden pension, Lindstrøm hotel, Lærdal HotelOld Lærdalsøyri Apartments or in Old Merchant Henry's Store
Your luggage has been brougt here.
In the evening, you can experience the old Lærdalsøyri, one of Norway's best-preserved wooden house towns from the 18th and 19th centuries, with about 170 wooden buildings. Small shops, like Smak av Sogn/Farmers market, small cafés. Activities as painting cours at Gallery Bryggja or guided old town walk.

DAY 5 (LAST DAY):
After breakfast you can wander around Lærdalsøyri until a public bus takes you back to Rogn or Sommerhotellet where you parked your car. Or join a guided walk in old town of Lærdalsøyri, or maybe a two hours painting course on the old pier?

  • Route 138 Lærdal-Fagernes departs from Lærdal town hall 11.00 a.m. (not included in the price) and arrive at a bus stop near Rogn camping at about 00.50 p.m (not Saturdays).
  • VY170 from Lærdal town hall at 00.25 pm daily. Correspondes with NW162 on Håbakken 00.37 pm to a stop near Rogn camping at 2.39 pm. Neset cirka 2.37 pm.
  • The King's Road Bus leaves from Lærdal town hall towards Tyinkrysset at 8:30 am daily in the period it operates (18.06-28.08). It corresponds with the Valdresekspressen NW160 which departs from Tyinkrysset at. 9.58 am.

For the first time on the trip, you need to bring your own luggage. ❤️

PRICE PER PERSON:
If four or more persons travel together: NOK 5 390,-
If three persons travel together: NOK 5 990,-
If two persons travel together: NOK 6 490,-
If you travel alone: ​​NOK 7 990,-
(addition if you want the extra day)

IN THE PRICE YOU GET: 👍
5 nights in cabins, hotels, guesthouses or apartments
5 breakfasts
4 lunch packs that you prepare during breakfast
Transport to hiking start first hiking day
4 luggage transports
Bed Linens

ADDITIONAL OFFERS, NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
Supper/dinner
Public buses
Bringing your dog
Splitting of beds
Guided tours

RECOMMENDED ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCES: 👍
Explore Vang, see Vangssteinen next to Vang church (day of arrival)
Dining at the beautiful Summer Hotel in Vang.
Experience Øye Stave Church (first day of walking)
Visit the Museum on the Barn (first day of walking, on request)
Grocery store Joker Tyinkrysset (last part of the first day of hiking)
Any equipment for the hike? Intersport Tyinkrysset.
Guided tour of the Margretestuen (second hiking day, on request)
Guided tour of the Borlo Farmyard (third day, on request)
Grocery at at Borgund grocery store (beginning of fourth hiking day)
Visit the Borgund Stave Church (fourth day of walking)
Guided town walk in the Old Town of Lærdalsøyri (last day)
Two hours painting course in old town pier (last day)
Visit Smak av Sogn / Farmers market in old town

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