10B: UNESCO Vega Islands


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 the old fishing village Nes on Vega. Here you visit the E-House museum, devoted to eider ducks and providing insight into the history and tradition of processing down into eiderdown duvets. You learn how the islanders and ducks work together to build nests and small houses, how the birds are protected during brooding, and the process of harvesting and purifying the precious eiderdown. If you want, you can try cleaning the down yourself and help make a real down duvet. You also hear the story of why Vega was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status and how it has affected the local community. After an eventful day, you travel along the idyllic Helgeland coastline to Brønnøysund and re-board the ship.

  • Available: Daily from June 10 to September 9
  • Departure: 12:45 hrs
  • Duration: Approximately 4 hours
  • Guiding: English
  • Price 2017: EUR 192,- per adult
  • Child conditions: 25% discount (4-15 years). Children under the age of 4 free of charge
  • Included: Coffee / tea and “Vega Lefse”
  • Please note:
    • Special conditions: Short, but steep stairs at the E-house museum.