Just beyond Brønnøysund lies the municipality and archipelago of Vega with its 6500 islands, islets and skerries. Most residents live on the main island.
Generations of fishermen and farmers over the past 1500 years have maintained a viable way of living in an extremely weatherworn area near the Arctic Circle, based on the unique tradition in which the local women collected down from Eider nests. It was this unique tradition that got the Vega Archipelago inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2004.
In the old fishing harbour of Nes on Vega, the Eider Duck Museum (E-huset) and the World Heritage Exhibit present information about the Eider Duck's significance and the history of the islands.
World Heritage Center
Vega by bike
One of the best ways to experience Vega and the Helgeland coast is undoubtedly by bike. Short distances, spectacular mountains and an island kingdom with over 24,000 islands provide wonderful fresh natural experiences!
Island hopping by bike at the Helgeland coast With Brønnøysund or Sandnessjøen as your starting point, you have access to a network of archipelagos consisting of more than 12,000 islands. 5-day toursuggestion starting in Brønnøysund or Sandnessjøen. Booking and details Tourdescription Detailed day-by-day description -> The tour that is described in the suggestion starts in …