UNESCO Vega archipelago

Take a step back in time and see how the Norwegian islanders here developed a symbiotic relationship with the local duck population to cultivate a sustainable livelihood.

  • Learn how to clean eider duck down like the Islanders have done for 1500 years
  • Get an insight in to the Islanders way of life and how it led to our World Heritage status
  • Visit Vega World Heritage Centre
  • Discover the beautiful Vega archipelago by boat
  • Direction

    Southbound direction

  • Season

    Autumn, Summer

  • Difficulty level

    Level 1: For everyone

  • Duration

    5 hours

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  • From

    299 €

Between Sandnessjøen and Brønnøysund lies the island of Vega. This wonderful cultural landscape was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2004. The basis of the status is the islanders´ outstanding tradition for tending wild eider ducks.

The trip from Sandnessjøen passes myriad offshore islands leading to Gardsøy on Vega. Enjoy a visit to Vega World Heritage Centre and a journey through the history of the Vega archipelago, from the early Stone Age settlements to modern times. Get an insight into the 1500-year-old practice of tending eider ducks, a tradition that continues to this day.

After an eventful day, we travel along the idyllic Helgeland coastline to Brønnøysund and re-board the ship.

Practical information

  • Disembarking port: Sandnessjøen
  • Embarking port: Brønnøysund
  • Southbound or Northbound: Southbound
  • Available period:  10 June - 09 September (cancelled in 2020)
  • Transportation: Boat
  • Meals on the trip: Coffee, tea and local snack
  • Clothes/Footwear: Comfortable shoes, warm and windproof clothing
  • Note: There is a café and a shop at the World Heritage Centre where you can buy food and beverage and local souvenirs.

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