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Leirvik, Norway

Leirvik is on the island of Stord alongside the large Hardangerfjord, in the traditional region of Sunnhordland. Its shorelines are fringed with small islands and skerries. The town has an attractive harbor, as well as an open-air museum, the Sunnhordlandstunet, consisting of ten historic buildings loaded with period furnishings and artifacts from the region’s history. There are Bronze Age archaeological sites nearby and the town also has a Maritime Museum. An interesting collection contains models built by a local sculptor, Torleiv Agdestein. The town also boasts a number of small art galleries.