149km (92 miles) E of Bergen
Ulvik is a rarity -- an unspoiled resort. It lies like a fist at the end of an arm of the Hardangerfjord and is surrounded in the summer by misty peaks and fruit farms. It's the beautiful setting, not an array of attractions, that draws visitors. Ulvik's claim to fame? It's where potatoes first grew in Norway. The village's 1858 church is attractively decorated in the style of the region. It's open June to August daily from 9am to 5pm. Classical concerts, often presented by visiting chamber orchestras from other parts of Europe, are offered in summer inside the church. When a concert is to be presented, notices are posted throughout the town. Other than the enchantment of the hamlet itself, the real reason to stay here is for walking and hiking.