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Vega and the Vega archipelago

Vega is an archipelago and island community in Helgeland. The municipality of Vega is bordered by Brønnøy to the south, Vevelstad to the east, and Alstahaug and Herøy to the south.

The main island is also called Vega. Today only two other islands – Ylvingen and Omnøy – have year-round residents. At various times, as many as eighty of the archipelago’s 6500 islands, islets and skerries were inhabited, including Lånan, Hysvær, Skjærvær, Tåvær, Flovær, Skogsholmen, Bremstein, Muddvær, Søla, Kilvær, Halmøyværet and Store and Lille Emårsøy.

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The south and the southwest parts of the island of Vega are dominated by the mountains of Vegtindan (681 m), Trollvasstinden (799 m) and Gullsvågfjellet (725 m). The northern side of the island is mostly boggy terrain.

The archipelago now has the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Area. The key industries of the islands are fishing, agriculture, tourism, trade and services, plus a growing aquaculture sector.

An active holiday on Vega

The Vega World Heritage Area offers a wide range of adventures and activities for young and old – adventures high and low, on the water and even underwater!

We invite you to explore some of the 18 trails. At night you can walk an illuminated path – and at Eidem there is even an underwater snorkelling trail! Visit the old Vefsn-Anna farmhouse, swim the beaches, join the activities at the Sørbygd Festival, or visit the recently open World Heritage Centre.

Family-friendly trails

Vega has 18 marked trails. Fifteen of these are part of an ongoing competition hosted by the local athletic club; at each destination you score points by signing your name in the log book and can participate in a prize draw. These are the trails that are especially suitable for the entire family.

For further details, please see Visit Vega’s website.

At the start of most trails is an information board with map and photos, and/or a red-edged sign that says Turløype(Hiking Trail). Please visit the website ut.nofor more information about each trail, such as its length and estimated duration, degree of difficulty for whom it is suitable. For each trail there is a map and elevation diagram, and photos.

 

Boulder climbing at Vega

Sundsvoll, on the western side of Vega island, offers excellent opportunities for bouldering. Most of the climbs are on free-standing granite boulders with surfaces that give good friction. You will also find good boulder climbing at Kjul, on the southern part of Vega.

Rasmus Bølling and Steinar Kolskog have written a guide to bouldering at Sundsvoll; you can read it on the website of Bodø Klatreklubb (Bodø’s climbing club). An overview for both Sundsvoll and Kjul is found at www.27crags.com.

 

 

Geocaching at Vega

Join the treasure hunt on the islands of Vega and Ylvingen!

Throughout the world, so-called “geo-caching” invites children and adults to combine their outdoor adventures with treasure hunting. You need neither map nor compass – only your mobile phone. The treasure is a box containing a logbook in which participants write their name, as well as little objects for which children may trade their own.

A typical hiding place for a geo-cache.

 

What is geocaching?

Geocaching is a family activity that engages both young and old. In short, you are looking for caches or treasures that are placed outdoors. However, instead of treasure maps, you are using the Geocaching GPS app on your mobile phone.

In Norway, the first geocaches were hidden and registered as early as 2001. Today, there are more than 27,000 caches throughout Norway.

How do you do geocaching?

You need:

  • The Geocaching app
  • Food or snacks for your outing
  • Little objects to trade (optional)

Here’s how geocaching works

Once you have installed the app, it will reveal where the hidden treasures are. You choose whether to look for the treasure closest to you, or search for a treasure hidden near the destination of your choosing.

The key questions to ask yourself are: Do you want a quick walk or a longer hike? How much time do you have available? Are your children used to walking? If so, just pack water and a good snack in your daysacks and get going!

Keep in mind that findingthe treasure cache may be more challenging than suggested by your app. There is a limit to the accuracy of your cell phone’s GPS. For instance, while your app says the treasure is 10 metres away, it might be just behind you or even right by your foot.

There are several types of treasure caches, as indicated by your app. Some consist of a simple box with a log-book and small objects you can trade for, while others may instruct you to perform a certain exercise. If you have trouble finding the treasure, you can ask the app to give you a hint.

  1. The Geocache app also makes it possible for you to hide your own treasure, and register it with the app! You can even use the app to keep track of whether your treasure has been found, by whom and when.