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UNESCO Islands Vega

10B UNESCO VEGA ARCHIPELAGO

The Vega Archipelago was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2004, a status gained due to the unique coexistence between the eider ducks and the islanders.

*Prices displayed are for pre-booked excursions  


Voyage Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Insight into local village life 
  • Learn about eider ducks


The Vega Archipelago was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2004, a status gained due to the unique coexistence between the eider ducks and the islanders. Your tour around these islands will give you an insight into local village life as we travel by boat from Sandnessjøen, through the island kingdom of Vesterøyan. We pass small dwellings on the way to the fishing village of Nes, situated on the main island Vega. Here, you visit the “E-house”, a museum and documentation centre dedicated to eider ducks where we learn about the tradition of keeping eider ducks as domestic pets. Here you will experience the landscape of the eider ducks, with their exciting and colourful nest-architecture, and also gain more knowledge about the historical background of the tradition, and how the eider down is cleaned and made into quilts. At Nes, there is also a café and a World Heritage exhibit, all situated within a well-kept architectural environment. From here you travel back through the Vega Archipelago to Brønnøysund, where you rejoin your ship.

Important information

-       Transportation: Boat

-       Clothes/Footwear: Comfortable shoes / Warm clothing

-       Short, but steep stairs at the E-house museum

-        The pricing displayed for this excursion is valid when you pre-book your excursion before departure. If you book excursions on board, you will be charged in NOK and the price may vary due to fluctuating exchange rates. 


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