Vega, with its gentle mountainous contours, lies off the southerns 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 Heritage Site.
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 islands, where to stay the night, where to eat, and where to get tourist information. It concludes with suggestions for trips and walking tours through this entrancing island kingdom.
Author Inga E. Næss and Rita Johansen / Published in 2008