The flora of the Vega Islands is impressive and exclusive.
Botanists and people interested in flowers and plants come here to experience the beautiful scenery. Specific plants from our flora have provided basis for scientific papers. You can find many of the flowers online (text in Norwegian) on Vega municipality's website.
Vegamaure or Galium pumilum ssp. normanii
In Norway this plant is rare and only to be found on Vega. Except from Vega, the plant only occurs in Iceland, where it is very common. Habitat: found on dry calcareous soils. Vegamaure belongs to the plant family Rubiaceae, genus Galium.
Bird Life in the Vega archipelago has a diversity that must be experienced. Many bird species breed on Vega. This has given us several nature reserves.
The Vega Archipelago was inscribed on UNESCOs World Natural and Cultural Heritage List July 1 2004. The Committee reasoned decision as follows:
The Vega archipelago reflects the way generations of fishermen/farmers have, over the past 1500 years, maintained a sustainable living in an inhospitable seascape near the Arctic Circle, based on the now unique practice of eider down harvesting, and it also celebrate the contribution made by women to the eider down process.
Protection in the World Heritage Areas:
Landing on the islands is prohibited from 15 April to 31 July.