Vega displays both an exciting bedrock and Quaternary geology on an island that is on UNESCO’s world heritage list for its unique cultural landscape. Quite a combination! The rocks are formed by the Caledonian mountain building era, while most of todays landforms were formed on the bedrock-surface during Cenozoik.
A typical north Norwegian coastal landscape is found on southern part of the island; a narrow strandflat adjacent to the alpine landscape within. In the north the strandflat broadens. The topography is closely related to bedrock geology. The alpine mountains is found in hard, resistant granite in the south, while the strandflat landscape is formed in softer rocks, as calcareous schist and marble, in the north. The different localities are spread in this variated and beautiful landscape, so why not take the challenge and visit them? Click on the thumbnails below for further descriptions!
The photo above and the two below are from the strandflat-landscape along a path that runs between the village Nes and Guristraumen, a small tidal current north on the island. A walk in the beautiful cultural landscape is highly recommended.
In the photo above you see from the strandflat landscape in the north, speckled with erratics, boulders transported and deposited by the Scandinavian Ice Sheet, towards the alpine mountains in the south, a truly beautiful geological mixture!