THE VEGA ARCHIPELAGO WORLD HERITAGE PROPERTY

THE VEGA ARCHIPELAGO WORLD HERITAGE PROPERTYTHE VEGA ARCHIPELAGO WORLD HERITAGE PROPERTY.PHOTO: visithelgeland.com

The Vega Archipelago was inscribed on UNESCO`s World Heritage list in 2004 because of their unique nature and culture.

 

THE BIRD KEEPERS
The unique tradition of tending eider ducks is one of the reasons the Vega Archipelago was given the World Heritage status. This is an old tradition with roots from the early 9th century, which is still maintained today. The local people build shelters and nests for the wild eiders, which return to the islands each spring. They protect the birds from any unnecessary disturbance throughout the breeding season. In return, the eider ducks leave down for the locals to gather at the end of the season.

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Source: visithelgeland.com / Norway Today

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