A wonderfully peaceful village at the head of Eidfjord, an arm of western Norway's serene Hardangerfjord, whose glassy waters and towering cliffs encompass some of the country's finest fjord scenery. From here you can travel to Voringfoss, Norway's best-known waterfall and discover the breathtaking beauty of the Mabodal Valley.
Bergen was one of the great Hanseatic ports, and this maritime heritage is recalled by the 900-year-old Bryggen Wharf, with its splendid museum. The Bryggen is a delight to explore: its narrow streets climb away from the waterfront, lined by interesting shops, colourful half-timbered houses and cobbled stairways, with alleyways and tiny open spaces that beg to be explored. In summer months every spare corner seems to be filled with pots and containers overflowing with colourful flowers that fill the air with perfume. Bergen is framed by seven magnificent hills, the highest of which can be reached by a funicular railway. From the top there are spectacular views down to the harbourside, where cafés, bars and restaurants welcome visitors from around the world. Bergen was the home of Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Grieg, and the Troldhaugen is a museum devoted to his life and work, including an exhibition centre, shop and café.
The tiny village lies hemmed in on three sides by the towering walls of the longest and narrowest fjord in Europe, the Aurlandsfjord. Flåm's appeal is its magnificent surroundings, ranging from fertile farmland to crystal-clear streams and towering mountains. Flåm is also the terminus of one of the most exciting train rides in the world - the Flåm Railway. Climbing 2,850 feet in just 12 miles, past cascading waterfalls and through 20 tunnels blasted out of towering mountains, the journey offers incredible views and thrills. The Flåm Railway operates year-round - a great tourist attraction during the summer and a local lifeline during the deep winter months.
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