Vegaøyan – The Vega Archipelago World Heritage Site

Official name
Vegaøyan – The Vega Archipelago | UNESCO
Country
Norway
Continent
Europe
Location
Nordland, Vega
65.6166° Lat, 11.7500° Lon
Code
1143
Time Zone
Europe/Oslo, CEST +0200
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Category
Cultural
Description
Inscribed 2004. A cluster of dozens of islands centred on Vega, just south of the Arctic Circle, forms a cultural landscape of 107,294 ha, of which 6,881 ha is land. The islands bear testimony to a distinctive frugal way of life based on fishing and the harvesting of the down of eider ducks, in an inhospitable environment. There are fishing villages, quays, warehouses, eider houses (built for eider ducks to nest in), farming landscapes, lighthouses and beacons. There is evidence of human settlement from the Stone Age onwards. By the 9th century, the islands had become an important centre for the supply of down, which appears to have accounted for around a third of the islanders’ income. The Vega Archipelago reflects the way fishermen/farmers have, over the past 1,500 years, maintained a sustainable living and the contribution of women to eiderdown harvesting.