The journey of Hardanger saft- og siderfabrikk (Hardanger juice and cider factory) dates back to 2004, when fruit farmer Lekve started to produce cider from the apples at his farm. Now, Lekve’s factory is the largest producer of cider in Norway. “In addition to apple cider, we make apple juice, aquavit and liqueur,” says Lekve. Hardanger offers the essence of Norwegian nature with steep mountains, deep fjords and roaring waterfalls; the area is famously known as the fruit orchard of Norway. Nowhere else in the world is it possible to grow fruit at this latitude. The mild climate with its long summer days and protective geography make it the ideal location for fruit farming.