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.
Level 1: Easy - suitable for most people
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.