Vega (although perhaps a bit risky)
Randy and Svein said it also has a mainland component. But rating is fairly low and little to do apart from the meeting. Hosts would be clear ;)
I am cautious about potentially disputing with nationals on such a matter but I think not. If they read this then perhaps they could comment!!
As I understand it NO PART of the Norwegian Mainland is included within the Vegaoyan inscription (whether originally in 2004 or its slightly revised boundaries
in 2017). Nor is it practicable to enter the core area as or more easily from a mainland Norwegian location than from Vega Island itself.
Although I haven't visited, I investigated the site in some detail when planning a possible trip there for earlier this year (We didn't go as I concluded that the likely "return" wouldn't repay the significant "cost"!!)
I wonder if there has been a misunderstanding or whether Randy/Svein were referring to the island of Vega as "mainland" (As in the Orkneys in UK where the main island is called "Mainland").
In fact less than one third even of the island of Vega itself is inscribed - this is primarily a Marine site with only 6881 ha of land within a total area of 107294 ha. The main towns/ports and even the e-huset museum are not inside the boundary. I understand that a new "World Heritage centre
" opened this year (Vega Verdensarvsenter. "The World Heritage Center was officially opened on June 13, 2019 with, among others, HKH Crown Prince Haakon present
.") - but, even this seems to be situated just OUTSIDE the core boundary when its Google Maps location is compared with the UNESCO map core boundary line. Indeed, I do not definitely know if entry INTO the core area is possible at any of the terrestrial locations on Vega island. A significant visit within the WHS would seem to require a further boat trip out to the skerriesELS
- 4 extra Connections for VegaoyenMarine Site
- 6881 ha of land within a total area of 107294 ha. Archipelago
- Official title!Inselberg
- "A notable and valuable feature of the Vega Archipelago is the wedge-shaped mountains or "monadnocks". There are two of them on the main island of Vega and a third one forms the Island of Sola
" (IUCN eval)Purpose built Visitor Centre
- See https://www.ekberglous.com/UNESCO-Verdensarvsenter-Vega
It might also be worth adding to the Connection Cultural sites taking up a complete Island
that this applies to the second biggest island of Sola plus the many smaller islands and skerries rather than to Vega itself.