Eidfjord is in Hordaland County, and it is a municipality in Norway. The municipality is in the Hardanger district, a traditional district. The administrative hub of the municipality is the town of Eidfjord, where most of the population of the municipality resides. The other big population center in the municipality is the town of Ovre Eidfjord.
Eidfjord is located at the end of the Eidfjorden, an inner part of the big Hardangerfjorden. The town of Eidfjord is a significant cruise ship port of call. There are many tourist sites in Eidfjord, like the Sima Power Plant (it is part of the mountain itself), the Voringfossen waterfall, and the Mabodalen valley. Big parts of the Hardangervidda (which is the biggest mountain plateau in Europe) are located in the municipality. The Hardangervidda Natursenter, which is a museum and visitor’s center for Hardangervidda National Park, is also located in Ovre Eidfjord.
Graven is a parish (later spelled as “Granvin”), and it was set up as a municipality in 1838. This big parish/municipality had a couple of different annexes: Eidfjord and Ulvik. In 1859, Ulvik turned into the primary parish, making Eidfjord and Granvin annexes to Ulvik, and the name o fthe big municipality was altered to Ulvik from Granvin.
In 1891, the eastern annex of Graven (with a population of a little over 1,300) and Eidfjord (the southeastern annex with a population of a little over 1,000) were cut out from Ulvik and became distinct municipalities, leaving Ulvik as a much tiner municipality. In 1895, a tiny part of Eidfjord (with a population of just three people) was transferred over to Ulvik.
Eidfjord was a municipality from 1891 to 1964 when a huge municipal merger happened because of a municipal reform in Norway because of the Schei Committee. The Eidfjord municipality (with a population of nearly 1,000), much of the municipality of Kinsarvik (with a population of over 1,500), and the municipality of Ullensvang (with a population of nearly 2,400) were all combined into a single big municipality that was called Ullensvang. The merger was not popular with the population of Eidsfjord, and the merger was undone in 1977. The place known as “old” Eidfjord municipality (with a population of about 1,200) was cut out and designed as its own municipality once more.
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