The Vega Archipelago consists of more than 6,000 islands, reefs and skerries. The thing that is so special with this archipelago is that it reflects the way fishermen and farmers have maintained a sustainable living of eiderdown harvesting over the past 1,500 years. Vega and its surrounding islands were awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2004, in recognition of the unique interaction between the eider duck and the island population during the nesting season, as well as the contribution of the women doing the eiderdown harvesting.
Several fascinating museums and local handicrafts shop
When you join this excursion, you will be invited to hear more about Vega and why it is on the World Heritage list at the UNESCO exhibition. Next door you find “Lille Lånan”, an exhibition focusing on how people here have kept the traditions of eiderdown harvesting alive for so long. There is also an Eider museum where you can learn more about these magnificent birds and a shop where you can buy local handicrafts.