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Jotunheimen Mountains and King’s Road over Filefjell 2

Jotunheimen Mountains and King’s Road over Filefjell

Overview

Norway is truly a superb country for trekking and the Jotunheim is a real gem among the nation’s national parks. Known in Norse mythology as the Land of the Giants, Jotunheimen is probably the finest of Norway’s mountain regions and certainly the best for walking with its imposing peaks, beautiful glaciers, dense forests and deep valleys full of streams, rivers and waterfalls. The tour takes you to hikes that have inspired mountaineers and artists for centuries. Winding through the breathtaking landscape of the mountainous Filefjell, the King’s Road offers visitors a unique hiking and cultural experience. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Bygdin

Take the express bus from Oslo City Bus Terminal or Oslo Airport (included), which will take you directly to Bygdin (4 h). You will stay at a historical lakeshore hotel dating back to 1912, and offering a variety of room types and great cuisine.

Day 2: Mt. Bitihorn and/or Synshorn Via Ferrata

The Bitihorn viewpoint offers a great 360-degree view of the Valdres valley and the mountains in Jotunheimen. Hike from the doorstep at Bygdin. Optional activity: Synshorn Via Ferrata (4 hours, +NOK 850 pp, not included, payable on-site, min. 14 years).

Day 3: Svartdalen Valley or Boat Ride over Lake Gjende

Boat transfer to Torfinnsbu with the historical MB Bitihorn, before hiking through the majestic Svartdalen valley to Gjendebu. Optional: Bus to Gjendesheim and scenic boat ride to Gjendebu. You will spend the night at the oldest of the huts belonging to the Norwegian Mountaineering Association (Den Norske Turistforening – DNT), established in 1871, located at a picturesque spot on the west shore of Lake Gjende. Please note that there’s no cell phone coverage at Gjendebu.

Day 4: Gjendetunga Viewpoint or Bukkelæreget Ridge Circular Walks

Hike to Gjendetunga viewpoint or Bukkelæreget ridge (more demanding route), or join one of the guided group tours from Gjendebu (subject to availability, not included, payable on-site).

  • Walking for the day: 3-4 hours, 6 km ↑520 m (Gjendetunga Viewpoint) or 6-7 hours, 10 km ↑760 m (Bukkelægeret ridge)
  • Accommodation: Gjendebu Turisthytte (DNT) or similar

Day 5: Gjendebu to Eidsbugarden

Hike through the picturesque Veslådalen valley to Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu Lodge. Located on the west shore of Lake Bygdin, the lodge and hotel are both famous for their hospitality and great cuisine. The lodge is beautifully situated in the heart of Jotunheimen, 1065 meters above sea level. Fondsbu is a member of DNT and is a staffed cabin with lodging and meals.

  • Walking for the day: 6-7 hours, 16 km ↑550 m
  • Accommodation: Fondsbu Lodge

Day 6: The King’s Road over Filefjell: Kyrkjestølen to Maristuen

You will spend the last two walking days hiking the award-winning historical King’s Road trail from Jotunheimen down to the Sognefjord. On both nights you will be based at Filefjellstuene Lodge (offering a good restaurant and comfy cabins), with shuttle service to/from the trail included. Today you will walk over a scenic mountain pass from Kyrkjestølen to Maristuen.

Day 7: The King’s Road over Filefjell: Borgund to Seltun

Your last walking day includes a scenic hike from Borgund to Seltun and the shuttle will bring you back to Filefjellstuene Lodge for a last overnight.

Day 8: Departure

Departure (bus ticket to Oslo included) or an extra day on request.

Hotels

You’ll be staying in private double/twin rooms in historical hotels and traditional Norwegian tourist lodges, including some of Norway’s most renowned DNT cabins. Some of the accommodations have shared facilities, but a good level of comfort and kitchens famous for their local cuisine.

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is included on all days. You can prepare a self-made lunch pack from the breakfast buffet incl. thermos refill (no extra charge). Dinners (buffet or three-course meal) are also included.

Travel

The closest international airport is Oslo (OSL).

Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily, so do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Transfers to/from Airports

Oslo city or airport return bus tickets are included in your package.

Luggage Transfers

Your main luggage will be transported between the lodges. Please deliver your bag at the reception before 09:00 on the transfer days. Make sure that the bag is properly marked with your name and phone number.

Travel Insurance

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Country Info

Up-to-date travel advice on Norway is available here.

Trip Info

Difficulty Grade: Moderate

The itinerary is suitable for hikers of average fitness, with basic hiking and outdoor skills. The tour takes you to some of the most renowned historic accommodations in the Jotunheimen area, and to viewpoints and hikes that have inspired mountaineers and artists for centuries. The tour includes a few more demanding hikes, but they are optional circular walks and you are welcome to jump on the boat instead if you’d prefer to skip the most challenging linear one – Svartdalen valley on Day 3 (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

The trail follows well-maintained footpaths and the trails are waymarked. Comprehensive route notes are supplied. The staff at all lodges will assist with advice and tips if you have any questions about the hikes. You can also call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime.

When to Go

This trip is available to start from late June till late August. The flexibility of self guided holidays means that you can start on any date within the season, excluding Saturdays.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing no more than 20 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15–20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several T-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside the accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included

  • 7 nights in private double or twin rooms in comfortable mountain lodges and hotels as listed in the itinerary some
  • Towels, linen and end of stay-cleaning included at all accommodations
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 packed lunches (self-prepared from the breakfast buffet)
  • 7 dinners (3-course or buffet)
  • Detailed journey documentation and practical information: personalised trip notes and maps (emailed before departure and a map provided at first hotel; one set per room)
  • Luggage transfers (up to 20 kg per person) when changing hotels
  • Return bus tickets from Oslo and all local transfers as described in the itinerary
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room (subject to availability)
  • This trip is not available to solo walkers as it would be cost-prohibitive

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums

Excluded

  • Flights and airport transfers other than Oslo
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme

Extensions and Optional Extras

  • Extra nights in Oslo or along the trail are bookable upon request

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