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Røst, a fishing community is part of the traditional district of Lofoten. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Røstlandet. There are 365 islands and skerries in the municipality situated some 100 kilometres off the mainland, at the southwestern tip of the Lofoten island chain in the Vestfjorden. Skomvær Lighthouse is located in the southern part of the municipality on the small island of Skomvær.

Stockfish production is the most important source of income on Røst, and most of it is exported to Italy. In February, at the peak of the fishing season, tons of cod are landed in Røst harbour every single day. Following century old traditions the fish are hung out in the open to dry. The drying racks cover large areas of the island and during the season the air is scented with the smell of fishy money.

During the last few years, birders have been showing an interest for Røst during the autumn, producing a whole range of rarities. The municipality also has one of the biggest bird cliffs in the North Atlantic, with puffin colonies, as well as colonies of shag, kittiwake, and cormorants.

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