Lånan is the largest producer of egg and down in the Vega islands. Here the traditional eider industry is kept alive.
On 1st July, 2004 Lånan as one of the islands of Vega, was added to UNESCO’S prestigious World Heritage list.
Lånan is no longer inhabited while the winter storms are raging at their worst. The last inhabitants moved from the island at the end of the seventies. Nevertheless every year when spring arrives the eider keepers return to look after the ducks. They prepare nests and protect the eider ducks from dangers during the breeding season. As a reward the ducks return year after year and provide their keepers with valuable eider down, eggs and lasting memories of nature experienced.
The making of the Lånan Duvet
Eider drake = male
Eider run = house for several ducks
Eider house = house of stone or wood for a single duck
Harp = stringed instrument for cleaning eider down