|— Municipality —|
|County||Sogn og Fjordane|
|• Mayor (2003)||Torodd Urnes (KrF)|
|• Total||2,706.42 km2 (1,044.95 sq mi)|
|• Land||2,601.57 km2 (1,004.47 sq mi)|
|• Water||104.85 km2 (40.48 sq mi)|
|Area rank||15 in Norway|
|• Rank||194 in Norway|
|• Density||1.9/km2 (5/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-1.2 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1426|
|Official language form||Nynorsk|
Luster is a municipality in the county of Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. It is located in the traditional district of Sogn. The administrative centre is Gaupne. Other villages include Skjolden, Hafslo, Jostedal, and Veitastrond.
Luster centers around the inner branch of the Sognefjord, which is called the Lustrafjord. Luster is one of the largest municipalities by area in all of southern Norway. Its landscape includes fjords, steep mountains, water-abundant waterfalls, blue glaciers, and valleys. Both Jostedalsbreen National Park and Breheimen National Park are partially located in this municipality.
 General information
Lyster was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The original municipality was identical to the Lyster parish (prestegjeld) with the sub-parishes (sokn) of Fortun, Dale, Nes, and Gaupne. On 1 January 1963, the neighboring municipalities of Hafslo and Jostedal were merged with Luster. After the merger, Luster had 5,854 residents.
Since the consolidation of the three municipalities of Hafslo, Jostedal and Luster in 1963, the area has been characterized by scattered rural settlements and large distances between these settlements. Luster is the largest municipality in Sogn og Fjordane county.
The name (Old Norse Lústr) originally belonged to the fjord (now Lustrafjorden). The name is derived from the word ljóss which means "light" or "bright" - referring to the bright color of the water from the glaciers. Prior to 1918, the name was written Lyster.
 Coat of arms
|Church Name||Year Built||Location
of the Church
|Hafslo Parish||Hafslo||Hafslo kyrkje||1878||Hafslo|
|Jostedal Parish||Fet og Joranger||Fet kyrkje||1894||Fet|
|Gaupne gamle kyrkje||1647|
|Luster Parish||Dale||Dale kyrkje||1250||Luster|
All municipalities in Norway, including Luster, are responsible for primary education (through 10th grade), outpatient health services, senior citizen services, unemployment and other social services, zoning, economic development, and municipal roads. The municipality is governed by a municipal council of elected representatives, which in turn elect a mayor.
 Municipal council
|Party Name||Name in Norwegian||Number of
|Labour Party||Det Norske Arbeiderpartiet||10|
|Christian Democratic Party||Kristelig Folkeparti||4|
|Socialist Left Party||Sosialistisk Venstreparti||1|
The mayor (ordførar) of a municipality in Norway is usually a representative of the majority party of the municipal council who is elected to lead the council. Torodd Urnes of the Christian Democratic Party (Kristeleg Folkeparti) was re-elected mayor for the 2007-2011 term.
Luster, one of the largest municipalities in southern Norway, is located in the glacial mountains where the Sognefjord begins its path to the North Sea. The fjord is fed by many large glaciers such as the Nigardsbreen, Bergset glacier, Austerdal glacier, and Fåbergstøl glacier.
It is bordered by five municipalities in Sogn og Fjordane county: Stryn to the north, Jølster and Balestrand to the west, and by Sogndal and Årdal to the south. It is also bordered by three municipalities in Oppland county: Skjåk to the northeast and by Lom and Vang to the east.
The Hurrungane, Breheimen, and Jotunheimen mountains cover parts of the municipality. Store Skagastølstind (or Storen) is the third highest mountain peak in Norway at 2,405 metres (7,890 ft) high, and it is located on the southern border of Luster and Årdal. It is part of the Hurrungane mountain range which contains some of the most alpine peaks in Norway.
|Store Skagastølstind||2,405 m (7,890 ft)||Store Dyrhaugstind||2,147 m (7,044 ft)|
|Store Styggedalstinden||2,387 m (7,831 ft)||Mjølkedalstind||2,137 m (7,011 ft)|
|Jervvasstind||2,351 m (7,713 ft)||Store Ringstind||2,124 m (6,969 ft)|
|Sentraltind||2,351 m (7,713 ft)||Tverrådalskyrkja||2,088 m (6,850 ft)|
|Vetle Skagastølstind||2,340 m (7,680 ft)||Lodalskåpa||2,083 m (6,834 ft)|
|Midtre Skagastølstind||2,284 m (7,493 ft)||Store Soleiebotntind||2,083 m (6,834 ft)|
|Store Austanbotntind||2,203 m (7,228 ft)||Søre Dyrhaugstind||2,072 m (6,798 ft)|
|Store Raudalseggi||2,168 m (7,113 ft)||Fannaråken||2,068 m (6,785 ft)|
|Store Raudalstind||2,157 m (7,077 ft)||Stetind i Jotunheimen||2,020 m (6,630 ft)|
|Uranostind||2,157 m (7,077 ft)||Brenibba||2,018 m (6,621 ft)|
 Lakes and Rivers
There are many beautiful lakes such as Veitastrondsvatnet, Austdalsvatnet, Styggevatnet, Tunsbergdalvatnet, Prestesteinsvatnet, and Hafslovatnet. There are also many big waterfalls such as the Feigumfoss waterfall at 218 metres (715 ft) tall. The river Jostedøla runs through the Jostedal valley.
The Jostedalsbreen glacier (including the arm called Nigardsbreen) is the biggest glacier in continental Europe, the highest point on it is Høgste Breakulen. It is located west of Jostedal, north of Gaupne, in Jostedalsbreen National Park, much of which is located in the municipality of Luster. Other glaciers include the Harbardsbreen and Spørteggbreen.
The inhabitants of Luster make their living by farming, growing berries and fruit, tourism, and Hydroelectricity. Jøstedal and Fortun have large hydroelectric power stations. Summer tourism is quite busy. Tourist activities include mountain climbing, skiing, fishing, hiking, and hunting. The Sognefjellsvegen tourist road passes through Luster.
 Feigumfoss waterfall
 Historic churches
 Urnes stave church
Urnes stave church was built around 1150 and is Norway's oldest Stave church. The Church lies majestically on the top of Urnes. The Stave church is one of four Norwegian Churches on UNESCO`s list of the most precious cultural monuments in the world.
The Stave churches are constructions of high quality, richly decorated with carvings. In virtually all of them the door frames are decorated from top to bottom with carvings. This tradition of rich ornamentation appears to go back to the animal carvings of the Viking age. The dragons are lovingly executed and transformed into long-limbed creatures of fantasy, here and there entwined with tendrils of vine, with winding stems and serrated leaves. The elaborate designs are executed with supreme artistic skill. The stave church doorways are, therefore, among the most distinctive works of art to be found in Norway. However, it is difficult to connect them with the Christian gospel.
 Gaupne old church
 Dale church
This church is a stone church that was built in gothic style in the year 1250.
 Breheim center
The Breheim Center contains a comprehensive exhibition. A journey through 20,000 years - from the Ice age to the present day, an audio/visual show takes visitors inside the glacier. Glacier boat M/S "Jostedalsrypa" crosses the Nigard Glacier Lake. There are internationally approved guides, glacier and climbing courses, and ski-trips.
 Notable locals
 Twin cities/towns
 Photo gallery
Lodalskåpa, a peak in the northeast part of Jostedalsbreen
Hafslovatnet lake with the Sognefjord in the background
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