Røst is a municipality outside the tip of Lofoten. It is said that Røst consists of 365 grass grown islands. How many straws an island has to accommodate in order for it to be denoted as grass grown is unknown. The number of inhabitants on Røst is around 600. They all live on Røstlandet and some other small islands connected via roads and small bridges.
The birdcliffs south-west in the archipelago are some of the biggest seabird colonies in Europe. Unfortunately, most of the species have undergone a decline since the end of the nineteensixties up until today. The reason for this is a mixture of natural climate changes and industrialisation of the fisheries going after small types of fish elsewhere in the world. Luckily, it now seems like the number of birds has started to stabilise among most of the species. This doesn't mean that the problem with overfishing has been eliminated. The focus in media, among politicians and bureaucrats lies with illegal fishing after species with high sales value. Not the huge amount of smaller fish species that is necessary to maintain an ecological system with bigger fish, seabirds, whales and humans. But there are still huge amounts of seabirds for tourists and birdwatchers to see at Røst. The locals claim that you haven't been to Røst until you have ventured out west to the birdcliffs in the summertime.
For the specially interested bird enthusiasts we recommend the spring and autumn migration, when very speeches that is rear for this aria makes an intermediate landing and are spotted here. There are a small group of bird enthusiasts that visits the Røst regularly who can give you detailed information on speeches that has been and are on the island. Their link si absolutely worth a visit.
Sheep farming is also one of the traditional ways of making a living on Røst. On the birdcliffs the sheep are grazing outdoors the whole year round, summer as well as winter, due to the Gulf-stream and the "warm" winters so far out to sea. This together with the salty environment gives the sheep meat an unique taste and quality.

Earlier, catching birds and collecting eggs were also important parts of the household on Røst. Thanks to the environmentalist and animal protection movements eggs in carton and chicken from the freezer are the typical bird meals eaten on Røst today.

Røsts main income has always been bound to the fisheries, production and export of stockfish to Italy. This export is said to have started when an Italian nobleman with the name Pietro Querini stranded on the island together with the remaining survivors of his crew on the 6th of January 1432. Røst is now market leader on the Italian stockfish market. The climate on Røst makes the quality of the stockfish better than any other place in the world where stockfish is made. January to April is the time for the traditional Lofoten fisheries. Then huge amounts of cod migrate from the Barents sea to Lofoten in order to spawn. In these hectic months fishing boats from all over Norway come to Røst. In years with particularly good fishing the number of people staying on the island can increase by many times the original population.