Down from the Common Eider is regarded as the best and is highly sought after for duvet manufacturing. Only about 0.56 oz of eiderdown is collected from each nest, and it takes 18 to 35 oz to produce one duvet. On Lånan, only seven to eight duvets are produced per year.
The price is between 1.700 and 8.600 dollars depending upon how much down that is used. An eiderdown duvet is extremely durable. There are examples that have been used for more than a hundred years, passed down from generation to generation. The down can be recycled and sewn into a new cover. The duvets are hypoallergenic, natural and the covers are made of tightly woven cotton that cannot be penetrated by house dust.
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 keepers return to look after the ducks. They prepare nests and protect them from dangers during the breeding season. As a reward, the birds return year after year providing valuable eiderdowns.
Text by: Thor Lanesskog, ThorNews
Top photo by: Lånan. Bottom photo by Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews