Vega, with its gentle mountainous contours, lies off the southern coast of Helgeland, in one of the most beautiful parts of Norway. Beyond it lie the 6500 islands, islets and skerries of the Vega archipelago, the largest in Norway. For countless generations some sixty of the islands have been inhabited. In 2004, the archipelago became the first Norwegian cultural landscape to be accorded the status of World Heirtage Site.
The heritage include those traces that remain of the lives and occupations of the island inhabitants over the centuries; the buildings abd the cultural landscape; and the history of the cultivation of the eider duck, which is still kept as a domestic animal, and which still provides its tenders with soft eiderdown. The islands rugged nature is also part of the heritage, with their rich bird-life and biological diversity.
Part I tells the story of the World Heritage Site, how and why Vega was awarded the status, and part II is the story of Vega, the archipelago and the heritage area as it is now, and its future prospects. Part III is a guide to what to see and do on the island, where to stay at night, where to eat, and where to get tourist information. It concludes with suggestions for trips and walking tours through this entrancing island kingdom.