Collecting moss

Reindeer lichen has been used as animal feed in most of the country. In Engerdal, this was a very important addition to the animals’ winter feed. The moss was gathered in the fall during humid weather by using a«måssåharke», a sort of rake or fork. The moss was then placed in large piles on top of birch logs and branches. In the winter, when the moss was frozen, it was easy to transport by horse and sleigh. In Engerdal it also became big business to deliver moss to continental Europe after World War II. The moss was used for decoration. Still in 1967, 2000 people in Engerdal collected moss.