Stalheim is a village in the municipality Voss in the county Hordaland, Norway. The view from Stalheim is known from several paintings, in particular Johan Christian Dahl's painting Fra Stalheim from 1842. Stalheim is situated in the mountains of Western Norway, only 35 kilometres from Voss and near one of Norway's most famous fjords, the Sognefjord. The Sognefjord is the longest and deepest fjord in Norway - a gigantic chasm which penetrates 180 kilometers into the country and plunges to the awesome depth of 1300 metres. It makes several incisions into the adjacent regions, and one of these called the Nærøyfjord and from the plateau one can admire the spectacular view of the Nærøyvalley and a 937 meter high mountain called "Jordalsnuten" or the "Sugarlump". This view is considered to be one of the most glorious and impressive in the world. In the middle of the valley is the Stalheim hotel which provides breathtaking views of the Nærøyvalley. Next to the hotel you find the famous Stalheimskleiva, (kleiva meaning steep, rocky ascent), a 1,3 km long, extremely steep road with 13 hairpin bends. Built in 1842-48 to improve the trans-mountain mailroute it has seen few improvements since, and is one of Northern Europe’s steepest roads with a gradient of 1:5. The road is framed by two beautiful water falls, Stalheimsfossen and Sivlefossen.