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Trail Running on the King's Road (Norway)

Guided runs through some of Norway's most beautiful landscapes with comfortable accommodation and a sea kayaking day on Sognefjord

  • Guided
  • Medium
  • From £/person
  • Jun-Aug, 7 days/6 nights
  • Adults, Groups, Solo

Highlights:

  • Run to mountain lakes and waterfalls and across a mountain pass
  • Comfortable chalet accommodation and local cuisine
  • A day of sea kayaking in the spectacular Sognefjord to break up your running week
  • Easily accessible by direct bus from Oslo or Bergen
  • Programme of half-day guided runs
  • A choice of self-guided runs and walks to complement guided runs

Description »

Running in dramatic Norwegian scenery steeped in cultural heritage

The scenery in the area of Filefell is spectacular and varied, and the week's itinerary is designed to show you some of the best of it.

From your base at a comfortable cabin, four days of guided runs will take you to the mountain lake of Otrøvatnet, Norway's highest protected waterfall at Vettisfossen, across a mountain pass as you run from Kyrkjestølen to Maristuenand and along one of the most famous sections of the historical King's Road between Borgund and Seltun.

Vettisfossen, Norway

Vettisfossen, Norway's highest protected waterfall. Photo: MON.

Fjord kayaking at its best

As a contrast to the runs, the week also includes a day's sea kayaking on the beautiful Sognefjord. Kayaking is really the best way to experience the fjords and gives you a chance to use some different muscles!

The week's trail-running itinerary is designed to accommodate of varying ability, with guided activities taking between 2-4 hours each day.

Kayaking on the Sognefjord

A day of kayaking provides a new perspective on this beautiful landscape. Photo: MON.

Vary the level of challenge with guided runs and self-guided extneions

Guided runs take place on 4 of the 5 days of the itinerary, for which transfers between the lodge and the day's start and end points are included.

For those with extra energy, you will be provided with a map and suggestions for a variety of self-guided runs, such as a run to the peak at Skørsnøse, allowing you to take part of each day at your own pace.

Trail Running in Norway

Relaxing by a natural pool. Photo: MON.

Choose public tours or arrange a private running adventure

Fixed date tours are suitable for solo travellers or guests travelling with one or more companions. Prices are based on 2 persons sharing. Please see under "Prices" for details of single supplement if solo traveller or requiring single occupancy.

For fixed date tours, you should at minimum be able to run up to 15km/day in mixed terrain including gravel roads, mountain tracks and some steep hills. Average height gain 250m/day. You should be able to run at a minimum average pace of 6 mins per km (speed will be slower on some technical sections).

For private tours, a greater degree of flexibility to vary level of challenge is possible.

Itinerary »

For all days, transfer between your lodge accommodation and the start/end points of the day's run is included.

Day 1: Arrival

Summary: Arrival and check-in, self-guided runs/walks optional.

Arrival and check-in to your accommodation. This experience is served by regular bus departure from Oslo Central bus station:

  • Dep. 10.25 arr. 15.02
  • Dep. 13.05 arr. 17.38
  • Dep. 17.05 arr. 21.52 (we recommend arriving earlier if possible)

If time allows, there are self-guided runs or walks available from the lodge.

At 19.00, you will meet for dinner and introduction to the tour ahead.

Day 2: Running on the King's Road around Lake Otrøvatnet

Summary: Distance: 10km; Height gain: 150m; Time: 2 hours.

Breakfast 08.00-10.00. As for all days, make a packed lunch from the breakfast buffet to have with you during the day.

Meet at 10.00 for a guided 10km run around Lake Otrøvatnet.

This section is a wonderful introduction to the area and a good warm-up for the days ahead.

Back at the lodge, you have afternoon to choose a selection of self-guided walks or runs from the lodge.

At 18.00, meet for dinner and a lecture from your guide on the cultural, historical and natural heritage of the King's Road. The evening ends around 21.00.

Day 3: Running on the King's Road from Borgund to Seltun

Summary: Distance: 10-20km; Height gain: 250-550m; Time: 2-4 hours.

Breakfast 08.00-10.00.

Today's run takes you along the most well-known part of the King's Road, with the option to cover one or both of the following sections (it is possible to combine both into one loop) with total distance 10 or 20km:

  • From Borgund to Seltun
  • From Galdane – Seltunåsen

Back at the lodge, dinner is served 18.00-20.00.

Day 4: Sea Kayaking Day on Sognefjord

Summary: A guided sea kayak tour, no experience required.

Breakfast 08.00-10.00.

Today you take a break from running to experience the beautiful Norwegian landscape from another perspective, this time from the water.

Departing at 10.00, a scenic drive brings you to Sognefjord, where you are issued with kayak equipment for a guided paddle tour on the fjord. No previous kayak experience is required.

You will be back at the lodge around 16.00, where dinner is served 18.00-20.00.

Day 5: Running on the King's Road from Kyrkjestølen to Maristuen

Summary: Distance: 11km; Height gain: 370m; Time: 2 hours.

Breakfast 08.00-10.00.

Today you return to the King's Road, but with rather different scenery, as you take the beautiful mountain pass from Kyrkjestølen to Maristuen.

You will be back at the lodge around 13.00, where you can choose to relax or take additional self-guided hikes/runs in the area.

Tonight it's time to party – from 18.00-21.00, you'll have a barbecue by the lake, regaled with local stories and mountain anecdotes from your guide.

Day 6: Running from Utladalen to the Vettisfossen Waterfall

Summary: Distance: 12km; Height gain: 470m; Time: 2-3 hours.

Breakfast 08.00-10.00.

Your final day of running takes you on a 12km adventure into Utladen, one of Norway's wildest valleys.

Utladaen is a green and narrow valley linking the country's deepest fjord and highest peaks.

Starting on a gravel road, the landscape soon gives way to challenging terrain, with boulders and roots ready to trip you!

At the end of the trail you reach the waterfall of Vettisfossen, Europe's largest protected waterfall at 276m.

Returning towards the end point, you can stop for a rest at Vetti Gard, renowned for its waffles!

Back at the lodge, a farewell dinner is served 18.00-20.00 and a chance to reflect on the week's adventures.

NB: You should exercise great caution when running today to avoid accident and injury, as the terrain is treacherous. It is essential that you take the run at your own level/speed and give priority to negotiating the terrain safely and within your limits, even if this requires walking. Speak to your guide to ensure that you are comfortable with the plan and pace for the day. The emphasis of the week is on enjoyment – there's no need to aim for any speed records today!

Day 7: Departure

Summary: Check-out and departure.

Breakfast 08.00-10.00.

Regular buses depart Tvinkrysset for Oslo bus terminal as follows:

  • Dep. 09:57 arr. 14:52
  • Dep. 13:55 arr. 18:52
  • Dep. 17:38 arr. 22:09

Regular buses depart Tvinkrysset for Bergen bus terminal as follows:

  • Dep. 14.05 arr. 18.10 (Mon-Sat)
  • Dep. 18.10-22.10 (Sun) 13:55 arr. 18:52

Dates»

Dates 2020

Fixed dates:

  • 21.06-27.06.20
  • 23.08-29.08.20

These tour dates are open to anyone fulfilling the running ability requirements (min. age 16). Total minimum 6 persons required for tours to be guaranteed to run.

Custom tour dates for groups:

Private tours for groups are possible on dates by arrangement between June and September, offered at standard prices based on min. group size 6 persons. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Prices»

Prices 2020

Standard Prices  
Per person (group size 6-10 persons)GBP EUR
Single SupplementGBP EUR

What's Included »

Included

Accommodation and Meals:

6 nights' accommodation in rooms in comfortable, modern cabins incl. half-board (breakfast and dinner) + self-made packed lunches. Each room in the cabins has en-suite WC/shower. The cabins and also the main lodge building, where meals are served, have spacious communal areas.

Accommodation for King's Road Running Tour, Norway

Comfortable accommodation and good food are a central feature of the tour. Photo: MON

Activities, guiding and equipment:

  • Guided runs as per itinerary.
  • Guided kayak tour including all equipment and local transfers as per itinerary.
  • Map and information with suggestions for self-guided runs and walks during free time.

Transfers:

  • Local transfers between the lodge and the start/end points of each run.
  • Luggage transfers for days moving between accommodation locations.

Not Included

  • Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Getting There" for general travel information.
  • Optional whitewater rafting activity (Day 7).
  • Spa treatments (available to book locally as per itinerary).
  • Waffles at Peer Gynt Cabin (Day 6).
  • Drinks (available to purchase locally).

Good To Know »

Required

Health requirements/experience:

For fixed date tours, you should at minimum be able to run to 10-20km per day in steep/rocky terrain (shorter distances) or flatter terrain (longer distances) at min. average speed of 6 mins/km (depending on terrain).

Height gain/day between 150m-880m. Terrain varies from steep, rocky mountain paths to flatter forest tracks.

For private tours, a greater degree of flexibility to vary level of challenge is possible.

What makes this "Medium-Hard"?

As with any mountain environment, weather and temperature conditions can change quickly. The terrain is hilly with some significant height gains on some days, and the trails rocky and uneven.

Accommodation during the tour is comfortable standard, with a varied itinerary during the week to break up the most challenging components.

NB: Perception of difficulty is very subjective. What is hard to one person may be easy for another and vice versa, depending on factors including level of fitness, age and previous experience. Weather conditions/temperatures can also dramatically affect the actual level of challenge encountered.

Equipment/clothes needed:

For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "What's Included".

A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.

NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.

Preparing for your trip:

For further reading, we also have a number of general information articles to get you ready for your trip, covering a wide variety of topics from what to do on a city break before/after your tour, advice on packing, eyewear for winter and considerations for female travellers.

Minimum number:

A total of minimum 4 persons are required for fixed-date tours to be guaranteed to run. You are of course welcome to book as a solo traveller.

Groups

Max. group size 12 persons.

Eco Info

This provider has a written ecotourism policy.

Getting There »

Getting There

See below for a summary of travel options. To learn more about how to travel to this experience, please get in touch!

Detailed information on travel will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.

NB: Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.

Travel Summary:

By Air:

Fly to Oslo for train (3-3.5 hours to Otta, from where transfer (approx. 25 mins) is included.

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