Between Sandnessjøen and Brønnøysund, just south of the Arctic Circle, lies the archipelago of Vega. This unique cultural landscape, consisting of dozens of islands, was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2004. The UNESCO award was given in recognition of the unique interaction between the eider duck and the island population during the nesting season. Learn how fishermen and farmers have maintained a sustainable living for 1 500 years, and how women have contributed to eiderdown harvesting.
An ornithologist's dream
The trip goes through a myriad of islands, islets and reefs to the old fishing harbour of Nes on
Vega. Enjoy a journey where you learn more about the island’s eider industry, including the building of nests and small houses for the birds, the protection of bird brooding, and the harvesting and purifying of the precious eiderdown. The houses built for the eider ducks to nest in can still be seen, alongside lighthouses, fishing villages and dramatic landscapes. You can even try to clean down feathers. In the World Exhibition you will hear the story of why Vega received World Heritage status and how this status has affected the local community. After an eventful day, you sail through the idyllic Vega archipelago to Brønnøysund.
Dates: 10 Jun - 9 Sept 2016, 10 June - 9 Sept 2017