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