Vega Islands

The Vega archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Area situated in the southern reaches of Helgeland, offers many adventures. You can even choose the same destination one day after the other, always taking a new route. We invite you to head for Skogsholmen, Hysværet, Ylvingen or any one of the other islands. If you want a greater challenge, the open sea is always nearby!

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  • Take the ferry from Horn, situated outside the town of Brønnøysund, to Igerøy at Vega. Parking is available on the quay – and you can launch your kayak right there.
  • Explore the narrow sounds between the scenic islands. You may even catch a close-up view of the white-tailed sea eagle.
  • Take your time, savour your surroundings, pull ashore on one of the islets and stretch your legs.
  • After a few hours journey, you reach Søla, an uninhabited island approx. 12 nautical miles west of Vega. Søla resembles a large hat with a brim, and is a seamark for sailors and coastal fishermen. The 432-metre summit enjoys a magnificent panorama. The island is part of the Hysvær-Søla Landscape Preservation Area; please be mindful of the environment and extremely cautious when lighting a fire.
  • If you are satisfied with a short excursion, you can now set a return course for Igerøy.
  • For a longer journey, continue on to Nes at Vega. Most of this six-hour leg passes through sheltered waters, with a couple of exposed stretches. At your destination you can pitch a tent. Accommodation is also available in one of the charming rorbu cabins (book in advance).
  • Be sure to visit the Eider Duck Museum (E-huset) to learn more about the islanders unique and ancient tradition as guardians of these birds, which yield the best down in the world.
  • Allow plenty of time for your return journey to Igerøy. Consider an overnight stop on one of the islands en route. Land-based transport from Nes to Igerøy is also available.

 For additional suggestions for good kayaking excursions, please contact the Vega Tourist Information Office, tel. +47 75 03 53 88.

Tips: Would you like a guide or company on your excursion? Vega Opplevelsesferie at Nes offers one- and two-day kayak excursions, all equipment and food included.

Terje Rakke NordicLife/
Kayaking Vega, Helgeland
Vega Opplevelsesferie
Vega Islands