Eidfjord, Norway

This charming village is nestled deep in fjord country, in the northern reaches of the mighty Hardangerfjord. Eidfjord was built on sand and gravel moraines that remained from the last Ice Age. Today, Eidfjord is a gateway to Hardangervidda, Norway's largest national park, and a hiker's paradise. Waterfalls such as the Voeringsfoss, which tumble 600 feet to the floor of the Maaboedal Valley, are also a prime attraction. The River Eid offers good trout and salmon fishing amid some of Norway's most magnificent scenery.