Experience the World Heritage listed Vega Islands

Experience the World Heritage listed Vega Islands

Small shelters for eider ducks that for 1,500 years have almost been like a domestic animal. It is this sustainable tradition that has given it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This excursion is definitely one of the major highlights of the southbound cruise along the coast 
House for eider ducks. Photo: Anton Ligaarden, visitnorway.com

About the excursion

The guide will meet you at the quay and accompany you throughout the tour in a comfortable speedboat. Guided tour of the world heritage exhibition. Tea/coffee and local snacks.

Direction: Southbound

Disembarkation port: Sandnessjøen

Embarkation port: Brønnøysund

Time: 11:45-17:15 

Meal: Local snack and coffe/tea

Level: 1 (Read more)

Season: 1 Jun - 15 Sep

Min/max persons: 20/32

Booking reference: SSJS1

Price: From £ 273 - $ 331 per person

Vega landscape with small houses for eider ducks. Photo: Anton Ligaarden, visitnorway.com

The people of the Vega Islands make small shelters for the birds, and when the birds leave the nests, the down that is left behind is collected and used to make the softest, warmest quilts and pillows. 

This tradition is so special and important that it has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. You can learn more about the symbiotic relationship between birds and the locals on a visit to the Vega World Heritage Centre, which opened in 2019. 

The journey there is by speedboat to Sandnessjøen through a myriad of small islets and skerries in an archipelago of outcrops and rocks alternating with white beaches and turquoise sea water.

After the visit to the world heritage site on Vega, the journey continues to Brønnøysund where you board the Havila Voyages again.

Vega world heritage center, exterior, Photo: Simon Fossheim

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