The Vega Islands consist of several 1000 islands, and many of them are home to eider duck nests. Lånan is the largest egg and down area in the Vega Islands. With us, the old tradition of eider farming is maintained, to this day, and we are proud of that.
In 2004, Lånan, as part of the Vega Islands, was inscribed on UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List. The committee’s reasoning states:
The Vega Islands show how generations of fish farmers over the last 1500 years have maintained a sustainable way of life in an inhospitable archipelago near the Arctic Circle. The now unique eider farm has been a central industry run by women. Therefore, the inscription on the World Heritage List is also to be regarded as a tribute to their efforts.