The island of Stord marks the northern entrance to the Hardangerfjord. Because the mountainous terrain reaches almost 762 meters (2,500 feet) high, many of the island's 19,400 residents live along the southeastern coast facing the Hardangerfjord. Stord is the largest of many picturesque islands and over 350 islets around the mouth of the Hardangerfjord.
Leirvik is the biggest settlement on Stord and you may catch a glimpse of its busy harbor. The island is known for its high concentration of the mineral pyrite, better known as fool's gold.