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Generations of fishermen and farmers over the past 1500 years have maintained a viable way of living in an extremely weatherworn area near the Arctic Circle, based on the unique tradition in which the local women collected down from Eider nests. It was this unique tradition that got the Vega Archipelago inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2004.
In the old fishing harbour of Nes on Vega, the Eider Duck Museum (E-huset) and the World Heritage Exhibit present information about the Eider Duck's significance and the history of the islands.