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Abandoned Village
View of the village
View of the village
Mostad is located in Nordland
Location in Nordland
Mostad is located in Norway
Mostad (Norway)
Coordinates: 67°38′36″N 12°35′37″E / 67.64333°N 12.59361°E / 67.64333; 12.59361Coordinates: 67°38′36″N 12°35′37″E / 67.64333°N 12.59361°E / 67.64333; 12.59361
Country Norway
Region Northern Norway
County Nordland
District Lofoten
Municipality Værøy
Elevation[1] 4 m (13 ft)

Mostad or Måstad is an abandoned village on the southern part of the island of Værøy at the southern end of the Lofoten archipelago and is located on a strandflat. It is part of the municipality of Værøy in Nordland county, Norway.

Mostad was in its prime around the year 1900 when over 120 people lived here. However, because there are no roads connecting to it and that it has a very unsatisfactory harbour, the village was abandoned a few years after World War II.[2] The last citizens left Mostad in the 1950s. Today the place is an El Dorado for those who seek wilderness and beauty. From 1950 to 1960, there were several houses from Mostad that were moved to the other side of the island, Sørland, where living was much easier. Today only a few houses are left.

Catching puffins was a subsidiary source of income beside fishing. Catching puffins involved the use of the unusual puffin dog, also termed the Mostad dog or the Norwegian Lundehund. Puffin meat was cured in salt and lasted way into the autumn. Today, there are about 600 puffin dogs in Norway. All of them can be traced back to Mostad. Going ashore on Mostad is generally combined with a fishing trip or an expedition by boat to the bird cliffs. Mostad can also be reached by foot. Since 1996, simple overnight accommodation has been available at the schoolhouse in Mostad.

In literature

Pål Espolin Johnson's "For Love of Norway" is a fictionalized history of the village seen through the eyes of Magda, who arrives in 1909 to marry a local fisherman. This compelling, simply-told episodic account of residents of Mostad in the first few decades of the 20th century provides an intimate glimpse in lives lived in a harsh and unforgiving place, but one filled with human warmth.[2]

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  1. ^ "Måstad" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  2. ^ a b Johnson, Pål Espolin (1989). Royksund, Conrad, ed. For Love of Norway (in Norwegian). Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.