Queen's Trail / Dronningstien

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The word Panoramic describes the view in all its glory. The trail is open from around the middle of June to the middle of October, depending on when the snow melts on the mountains. For an easier and quicker option, hike "a glimpse" of the tour only. 


HM Queen Sonja's Panoramic Hiking Trail (Dronningstien) – Level III (difficult hike)
Driving time from Hotel Ullensvang to Røte: 10 minutes (one way)

Duration: 6 - 8 hours

This hike is the only one that is entitled to use the name of HM Queen of Norway. Over the past 20 years, this has become one of the Queen's favourite hikes around the hotel, and she takes it both on foot and on skis.

The hike starts at Røte (“Velteplassen”), six kilometres north of Hotel Ullensvang (between Lofthus and Kinsarvik). From Røte, you follow a tractor track to the Hardangervidda mountain plan, 890 metres above sea level. This is where the waymarked trail starts.

The local Lions Club has waymarked the trail according to instructions from HM Queen Sonja. This is truly a panorama trail, offering breathtaking views of the Sørfjord, Odda, the Folgefonna glacier, Hardanger bridge and Eidfjord. You can also see all the way over to Kvanndal and Utne, and along the fjord to Kinsarvik. In 2018, HM Queen Sonja opened a suspension bridge (Rjukande Bru) and with this, fantastic hiking trails with spectacular views all of a sudden became accessible. 

The descending part of this trail to Hotel Ullensvang is through 616 steps made by local monks, who started the arduous work in 1210 and finished in 1537. The steps are now known as the Monk Steps.

A good tip! The beginning of the trail can be wet as you cross two morass areas - bring waterproof hiking shoes. Walking sticks are recommended for the descending part back to Lofthus. 

 

Heng - A Glimpse of the Panoramic Hiking Trail - level II (easy hike)
Driving time from Hotel Ullensvang to Røte: 10 minutes (one way)

Duration: 2.5 hours

This hike provides an introduction to HM Queen Sonja’s panorama trail. The hike starts at Røte (“Velteplassen”), six kilometres north of Hotel Ullensvang (between Lofthus and Kinsarvik) and follows a tractor track up to the Hardangervidda mountain plan, 890 metres above sea level.

At the top, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the entire Hardangerfjord.

 

 

Explanation of levels:

Level I = Simple walk

Level II = Easy hike in the mountains

Level III = Difficult hike in the mountains

Level IV = Extreme hike in the mountains

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