Eidfjord, Norway

The small town of Eidfjord stands at the end of the Eid Fjord, a branch of the much larger Hardanger Fjord. This is a gateway to numerous dramatic natural history landmarks. Nearby Vøringsfossen, one of the most renowned waterfalls in Norway, has a free fall of 597’ (182 m). It plunges into narrow gorge of the Måbødalen Valley and is a must-see for anyone visiting the area. The region also holds Norway’s largest national park and is a part of Europe’s largest mountain plateau, Hardangervidda. It is the southernmost habitat for several Arctic species, and home to one of the largest reindeer herds on earth. Eidfjord is undoubtedly one of the most beautifully situated towns in this part of Norway. The quaint, white-stone church, built around the year 1300, is dwarfed by the surrounding mountains.