The King's Road : Kyrkjestølen - Maristova
Take the bus to the Kyrkjestølen mountainfarm at Filefjell on the E16 approx. 65 km from the centre of Lærdal. This was the first passable road over Filefjell mountain pass, built in the 1790's by C.J.Hammer. There is a lovely view of the surrounding mountains, and the highest point is about 1250 m. above sealevel. The walk takes about 4 - 5 hours each way. You can return by buss from Maristova to the Centre of Lærdal. Check the bus schedules at the Tourist Information Office
The King’s Road across Filefjell is one of Norway’s finest pieces of civil engineering heritage, built by hand on the 1790s using simple tools at a time when dynamite had not yet been invented. The route runs from the narrow, dramatic fjord landscape at the head of Sognefjorden over the Filefjell Mountains and down to the rural villages in Valdres. It is a journey between regions.
For hikers today, the route is both interesting and awe-inspiring. It runs through am amazing landscape, and there are many memorable experiences along the way. The living culture landscape, spectacular mountains and great attractions are all waiting to be explored. Walking along King’s Road across Filefjell is an experience you will never forget.