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UNESCO Vega Archipelago – Hurtigruten land excursion

Settlement at Unesco Vega. Photo by Tore Schening Olsen www.nordnorge.comThe Unesco Vega Archipelago was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2004, a status gained due to the unique coexistence between the eider ducks and the islanders.

This is an optional land excursion which you can add to your Hurtigruten cruise booked through Fjord Travel Norway. The land excursion will appear during the cruise booking process, with prices and details.

Vega archipelago Helgeland coast. Photo by Erlend Haarberg

Vega archipelago Helgeland coast

Your tour around these islands will give you an insight into local village life as you travel by boat from Sandnessjoen, through the island kingdom of Vesteroyan. You pass small dwellings on the way to the fishing village of Nes, situated on the main island Vega. Here, you visit the “E-house”, a museum and documentation centre dedicated to eider ducks where we learn about the tradition of keeping eider ducks as domestic pets. Here you will experience the landscape of the eider ducks, with their exciting and colourful nest-architecture, and also gain more knowledge about the historical background of the tradition, and how the eider down is cleaned and made into quilts.

At Nes, there is also a café and a World Heritage exhibit, all situated within a well-kept architectural environment. From here you travel back through the Vega Archipelago to Bronnoysund, where you rejoin your ship.
Read more about the Helgeland coast

Helgeland coast. Photo by Erlend Haarberg, VisitHelgeland

Helgeland coast

Practical info:

Duration: 4 hours
Transportation: Boat
Clothes/footwear: Comfortable shoes and warm clothing. Short, but steep stairs at the E-house museum.
Available: June 15- August 31
Land excursion #10B

Moskenes Lofoten Islands Norway. Photo by Benn Henriksen

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Available on the following Hurtigruten Cruise packages:
Arctic Fjords & Coastal Highlights, 7 nights
Lofoten Islands, Helgeland & Sognefjord, 12 nights
Lofoten Islands, Helgeland & Sognefjord, 8 nights
Cruise package Oslo-Kirkenes-Bergen, 8 nights

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