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Hellesylt, Norway

Norway's oldest Viking port, historical Hellesylt nestles in a fairy tale setting deep in the majestic fjord country at the head of scenic Sunnylvsfjord. Surrounded by ruggedly steep cliffs, pristine mountain lakes and verdant forests, this tiny village of 600 or so residents couldn't be more picturesque or pastoral. The area is hauntingly silent, except for the sound of the glacier-fed Hellesylt waterfall crashing over the granite cliffs into the placid waters of the fjord. The scenery around Hellesylt is so dramatic that it inspired Henrik Ibsen's early play, Brand.