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Røst


Røst in Norway Røst municipality coat of arms

Population:
545

Areal:
10,6 km2


Røst Local Directory


Accommodation, Businesses and more pictures from Røst

Røst municipality have approximately 650 inhabitants and a area of 10,6 km2. People have lived at Røst for thousand years, and this island community has long traditions within hunting and fishing. The locals have been trading dry fish, especially to the Italian market.

The Røst of today is a modern coast fishing society, with great economical growth. A mild and windy winter climate gives the best circumstances for dry fish production (about 35% of the total production in Lofoten).

Røst and its 365 islands, holms and skerries. The largest of them, with it´s highest point just barely 12 metres above sea level, is Røstlandet. Further south, the islands of Storfjellet, Vedøya, Trenyken and Hærnyken loom like gigantic monuments in the water. Mount Storfjellet is the highest of these mountains, reaching a height of 259 metres above sea level.

The entire population of this municipality is to be found on Røstlandet and a couple of lesser islands with which it is connected by roads. The scenery on Røstlandet, covered as it is by flat pastures, marshes and innumerable fresh and brackish lakes and ponds, contrasts sharply with the towering, steep bird cliffs that rise out of the sea towards the southwest. Nowhere else in Norway will you find as many nesting sea birds as on these islands.

The last stop before the ocean is the lush green island Skomvær with its proud lighthouse, constructed in 1887. The artist Theodor Kittelsen lived at Skomvær for almost two years towards the end of the 1880s. He has rendered his experiences in both drawing and writing. Here, too, we find the municipal administration offices, a primary school, a nursery, shops, restaurant, post office, bank, air strip, and fish landing facilities.

More and more people have discovered Røst and visit both summer as winter, and have experienced among other the old trade place Brygga, church ruins and the newly restored Røst church. A tour at the fishery, caught the big cod in the Røst sea, Røstparticipation at land of sculptures Nordland "the Nest" (II Nido) on Vedøya. Dock on Skomvær lighthouse or the annual Lundefestivalen in June.

Every day, flights and a car ferry runs between Værøy, Røst and Bodø. Certain days there are also connection between Røst and the rest of Lofoten (in summer season-daily).

STOCKFISH

The great ocean itself, and what is left of the Gulf Stream, leaves its mark on Røst, with mild winters and cool summers. Coupled with relentless winds, the climate is ideal for the production of the island's most important export commodity, stockfish. From January to April large amounts of cod are brought ashore and hanged on racks, to be processed by the weather and turned into first class products. Preparatory to the export of this excellent commodity, a number of people are employed in the process, both in spring and summer.

Røst is more dependent on fish than most other municipalities in the country. In fact, not many municipalities in Norway produce export articles for larger sums per inhabitant than Røst.

BIRD COLONIES

The steep and towering islands southwest of the populated island of Røstlandet, are "home" for the largest number of nesting birds in all of Norway, - with approximately one fourth of the country's seabird population. A "census" taken in 1992 shows a population of 2,5 million adults birds.

During the summer, there are daily boat trips to the nesting colonies. On the island of Vedøya, you can see the remnants of early settlement, showing that the island was probably an old fishing and hunting station. Bird lovers and researchers, both at home and abroad, regularly visit these ornithologically important islands.

THE CHURCH SPIRE

In January 1835 Røst Church (built around 1825) was blown down by a hurricane. According to eye witnesses the roof was swept off, with the spire and the bells attached to it. The spire is still there, in the cemetery, and is a reliable navigation point for ships off the coast.

THE CHURCH RUINS

The church itself was consecrated 5 May 1839 by a bishop, the Right Rev. Kierschow, where as the choir and sacristy were consecrated in 1883. In building their church out of stone, people felt they were safeguarding it from storms. It was constructed along lines laid down by the architect H.D.F.

This was a Venetian nobleman, shipwrecked in the North Sea during the early winter of 1431/32, on a journey from Crete to Flanders. A life boat with survivors from the wreck drifted ashore on the uninhabited island Sandøy, outside Røst. The survivors were found, in very poor condition, in January 1432.

They stayed on till spring, and then left on ships carrying stockfish. The Italians' narratives of conditions on Røst at the time is one of the most important descriptions we have about the lives of ordinary people in North Norway during the Middle Ages. A monument to commemorate Querini and his companions was unveiled on Sandøy, 10 July 1932.

MIDNIGHT SUN

The Midnight Sun stays above the horizon, and it is light 24 hours a day. The sky must be clear and there must be unobstructed visibility northwards in order to see the Midnight Sun. A summer night on the fjord or in the mountains is an experience not to be missed, you can go fishing in the fjord, which contains splendid variation of fish, or you can take a walk in the wilderness surrounding.

NORTHERN LIGHTS

Aurora Borealis is the Latin name for the Northern Lights – solar winds that meet the atmosphere in a zone around the magnetic North Pole. The Northern Lights are only visible when the sky is dark and clear, from August to April, and they are most intense from 10 pm to midnight. The region on the 700 northern latitude is a fantastic place for experiencing the beautiful and intense play of colours given off by the Northern Lights.

POLAR NIGHT

The dark time, or the long, dark Polar Night, lasts from 30th November - 12th January - there is only a twilight-dusk type of light (the blue light) for a few hours during the middle of the day. This does not mean that it becomes totally dark, however. The aurora borealis trails its multicoloured banner across the sky and the moon lights the scene just like the nightlight of Our Lord. The experience of the winter with the uniqueness of the light, the northern lights and snow is fantastic. Especially beautiful is the blue light southwards, just before it becomes dark.

FISHING

The original method was lines pulled in by hand from open boats, but today's modern fishing fleet employs more efficient fishing gear. Deep sea fishing enthusiasts can take a fishing trip out on the ocean. You can fish for salmon, cod and halibut. Be aware that there are a number of special rules in regards to fishing. Lofoten cod fishing season is between January and April.