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LÅNAN – “THE EIDER DUCK VILLAGE”

Lånan is the largest eider duck nesting site in the Vega archipelago. Here, the islanders’ old tradition of building tiny “houses” for the migrating birds is very much alive. During the summer you can visit the “bird guardians” of Lånan and hear more about this heritage.

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VISIT THE “EIDER DUCK VILLAGE”!

Lånan is the largest eider duck nesting site in the Vega archipelago. Here, the islanders’ old tradition of building tiny “houses” for the migrating birds is very much alive. During the summer you can visit the “bird guardians” of Lånan and hear more about this heritage.

 

The bird guardians

Every April, the bird guardians travel to Lånan to prepare nests for the eider ducks. Throughout May and June, Lånan hosts around 700 birds, and the bird guardians protect them from danger during the nesting season. In return, the birds return to Lånan year after year, giving the guardians the highly-prized eider down. They also provide eggs.

 

Eider down

Once the eider ducks and fledglings have left the nests, the bird guardians harvest the down. It is then carefully cleaned by hand. This premier down is used for exclusive eiderdown comforters and mittens.

 

Boat trips from Vega to Lånan

During the summer, Visit Vega offers boat trips to Lånan twice a week, departing from Nes at 2:30pm every Tuesday and Friday. At Lånan you will be greeted by one of the bird guardians, who will take you on a guided tour of this realm of the eider duck. Afterwards, food and coffee are waiting in the barn, where there is a museum and a photo exhibition. Duration: 4 hours.

For booking, and detailed information on dates and prices, please visit: http://lanan.no/battur-til-lanan/

 

Experience the eider ducks during their nesting season

Between 1 June and 1 July, when 500–1000 eider ducks are nesting on Lånan, they are protected, and visits to the island are only allowed in the company of a bird guardian. Such an eider duck safari with one of the guardians includes a guided tour of Lånan, and a unique opportunity to get close to the birds without disturbing them. The trip can be rounded off with coffee and traditional lefse in the home of the bird guardian. Duration: 2 hours. For booking, please email hildegunn@lanan.no or call tel. 452 72 654.

 

The Lånan Safari

By the 1stof July, most of the nesting eider ducks and a new generation of fledglings have migrated from Lånan, and people can once again move freely about the island. This is the high season for visitors, and Visit Vega offers two boat trips per week. You may also visit on your own, receive a guided tour of the island, and hear more about Lånan’s history and the work of bird guardians. Included is a visit to the museum exhibition in the barn. You may also request to have coffee and lefseat home with one of the bird guardians. Period: 1 July – 1 August. For booking, please contact hildegunn@lanan.no or call tel. +47 452 72 654.

 

Accommodation at Lånan

After the nesting season ends on 1 July, you can pitch a tent and spend the night on Lånan. There are many great sites; you have access to freshwater and toilets. If you come by private boat, you can moor it on the floating dack. For booking, please email hildegunn@lanan.no or call tel. 452 72 654.

 

Lånan – getting here

You can only reach Lånan by boat, either by joining one of the boat tours from Nes, or by having one of the locals shuttle you over to the island. For further information, please visit http://lanan.no/batskyss/

Cyril Ruoso
Cyril Ruoso