The H.M. Queen Sonja’s Panorama Hiking Trail, known in Norway as “Dronningstien” (Queen’s Path) in Hardanger, has become one of Norway’s most popular hiking trails. It is also one of H.M. Queen Sonja’s favorite hiking trails – given the spectacular view over the Sørfjorden during the entire hike, that is easy to understand!
The trail leads through the high mountains between Kinsarvik and Lofthus. The hike takes about 6 - 9 hours and has a total difference in altitude of 1,100 meters - in other words; it is a strenuous hike. But you will be rewarded with the unique contrasts in the Hardanger landscape - the terrain varies from forest to high mountains and lush orchards with thousands of apple trees. Additionally, you will have a fantastic view over the Sørfjorden, parts of the Folgefonna Glacier, and scenic nature.
The 16-kilometer-long hiking trail connecting Kinsarvik and Lofthus can be walked in both directions. Most hikers choose to start in Røte near Kinsarvik. To do this, turn off at the Esso petrol station in Kinsarvik and follow the road as far as it is paved. Here you can park for a parking fee of NOK 100 (payable by Vipps or bank transfer).
At the beginning of the hike, you follow the gravel road from Røte up to Heng, 750 meters above sea level. From Heng, the hiking trail is marked with blue D-letters (D stands for Dronning, which means queen). The last part of the hike down to Lofthus leads over the well-known monk stairs. This part is marked with red T-letters (the hiking trail markings of the Norwegian Hiking Association).
Both in Lofthus and Kinsarvik, there are numerous other exciting activities and attractions nearby. In the area around Sørfjorden, you will also find many accommodation options. More information about accommodation experiences all over Hardanger follow below on this page.
Start: Røte. Leave the main road R.V. 13 in Kinsarvik near the Esso station and follow the asphalt road up to Røte.
Parking: At Røte, you can park your car. Parking fee NOK 100 (payable by Vipps or bank transfer)
Length: 16 kilometers
Total difference in altitude: 1,100 meters
Duration: 6-9 hours
Season (average year): July - mid-September