The harbor at Nesna in the Vega Archipelago, Norway Small red wooden cottages by the sea In the background, there are mountains.

UNESCO-listed Vega Archipelago

Take a boat tour of the UNESCO-protected Vega Islands and learn about the islands’ unique industry of eider duck down harvesting.

  • Enjoy views of the beautiful UNESCO-listed Vega Archipelago by boat.
  • Visit the Vega World Heritage Center, which charts the islands’ history.
  • Learn about the traditional industry of eider duck down harvesting.
  • Savor a complimentary hot drink and local snack in the café.
  • Direction

    Southbound Direction

  • Season

    Autumn (Sep - Oct), Summer (Jun - Aug)

  • Difficulty level

    Level 1: For everyone*

  • Duration

    5 hours

  • Min. passengers

    15

  • Max. passengers

    38

  • Booking Code

    HR-SSJ10B

  • From

    $ 492

Discover this hidden gem on a tour of the UNESCO-listed islands of Vega, which sit south of the Arctic Circle. Venture from Sandnessjøen by boat, through the cluster of islands, islets, and reefs, while our guide explains the fascinating culture of this coastal landscape and its people.

We’ll land at Gardsøy and visit the Vega World Heritage Center, which highlights this 1,500-year-old tradition that is unique to the area. The islanders act as bird guardians for the migrating eider ducks that nest here. They build tiny ‘houses’ for the animals. After the hatchlings have moved out, they collect the highly prized eider down.

At the heritage center, you’ll journey from Stone Age settlements to modern-day fish farming through exhibits and a short film. Admire gorgeous views from the café while enjoying a hot drink and local snack.

We’ll sail back along the idyllic Helgeland coast and end our journey in Brønnøysund.

The islands of the Vega Archipelago, Norway, at sunset The sky is red and the islands’ silhouette is on the horizon. The islands of the Vega Archipelago, Norway, at sunset The sky is red and the islands’ silhouette is on the horizon.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Disembarking port: Sandnessjøen
  • Embarking Port: Brønnøysund
  • Available period: June 10 – September 09
  • Transportation: Boat
  • Meals on the trip: Local fruit drink, coffee, tea, and a local snack. The World Heritage Center has a café and a shop to buy food, beverages, and local souvenirs.
  • Clothes/Footwear: Comfortable shoes, warm and windproof clothing.