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: Suitable for everyone.

  • Duration

    5 hours

  • Min. passengers

    15

  • Max. passengers

    38

  • Booking code

    HR-SSJ10B

  • From

    £ 247

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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