Vega is an archipelago comprising 6,000 islands, holms, and skerries, but the only islands with a permanent population are Vega, Ylvingen and Omnøy. The Majority of people live on the main island Vega. Vega includes the largest concentration of islands and maritime islands, high mountains, wetlands, and rich bird, plant, and mammal populations.
These unique islands was voted in 2004 to be on UNESCO´s World Heritage List. Vega can be reached by the local express boat from Brønnøysund or Sandnessjøen or by ferry from Horn or Tjøtta.
The nesting and migratory habitats for wetland and sea birds are nationally and internationally important. The Vega islands are winter territories for many diving ducks, divers, and loons.
Botanists are impressed by the unique flora on the Vega islands, but they are not the only ones to enjoy the beautifuls scenery. Distinctive plants from this area have provided the basis for many scientific disertations.
The characteristic mountains in Vega are reknown. The terrain here is perfect for both hillwalking and mountaineering. There is a wide range of outdoor activities to suit all ages and abilities. Vega could also be called an island kingdom. Over 6000 islands, islets and skerries surround the main island. Farthest out to sea are the fishing villages of Bremstein and Skjærvær with their old, weather-beaten houses, boat houses, wharves and jetties.