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Hellesylt is a small village and lies at the head of the Sunnylvsfjord, which is a branch of the Storfjord, and which the more famous Geirangefjord in turn branches off nearby. In the summertime, thousands of tourists travel through or stay in Hellesylt each day. Most of them take the ferry to Geiranger, which in high season runs every one and a half hours. The village is surrounded by mountains and valleys. The standard of living is said to be one of the best in Norway. The Sunnylven church is located in Hellesylt.

Hellesylt Waterfall is one of the most photographed waterfall in this area. The falls divide Hellesylt in two, providing the little settlement with a special atmosphere. Hellesylt is under constant threat from the mountain Åkerneset, which is about to erode into the Sunnylvsfjord. A collapse could cause a tsunami destroying most of downtown Hellesylt.

In the older days Hellesylt was called Lake Møre. The village Hellesylt is the parish that features in the famous play "Brand" by Henrik Ibsen. The play ends when the main character, the priest Brand, falls and favour with the village people and is driven from the parish. Inexperienced as he is with the natural conditions in this area, he ends his days in the great snowdrift that covers the Steimsnibba mountains every year.

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