Welcome to Vega
The island of Vega remains a very Norwegian destination (we have been the only non-nationals on our numerous ferry journeys to and from the islands). It and the more than 6500 skerries (islets) and simply large rocks that form the Vega archipelago are a Unesco World Heritage Site. This distinction comes not for any grand building or monument, nor for the scenery (which is stunning, nevertheless). It's for human endeavour, recognising that the archipelago reflects the way generations of fisherfolk and farmers have, over the past 1500 years, maintained a sustainable living in an inhospitable seascape. This lifestyle is based on the now unique practice of eiderdown harvesting, undertaken mostly by women. For more on these very special ducks and their down, visit the splendid little E-huset museum or visit www.verdensarvvega.no.