The Icelandic Eider Centre
The Eider Centre’s primary associates are:
Daníel Bergmann Photographer
The West-Iceland Centre of Natural History
Norwegian house – Local Folk Museum
The University of Iceland’s Research Centre at Snæfellsnes
The Eider Breeding Society of Snæfellsnes
The Icelandic Eider Centre was opened in the Norwegian House on 13 June 2011 by Icelandic First Lady Dorrit Mousaieff, the protector of the centre. The Norwegian house housed the centre in the years 2011-2012. Its Stykkishólmur location could not be more appropriate, as the adjacent Breidafjordur is the largest active eider duck nesting area in the world.
A tradition has developed of offering a wide array of exhibits in two spaces in the Norwegian House, the Kitchen and the Dairy Room, whose names make reference to their original functions.
The Kitchen features the Eider Foundation’s standard exhibit, displaying traditional methods and tools once used in cleaning eider. It also includes photographs and films on nesting and the harvesting of feathers through the ages.
The Dairy Room contains an educational exhibit on the eider’s natural environment, its predators and artefacts related to the eider duck.
Art from local Stykkishólmur artists was commissioned for the centre and is available for sale in the museum shop, where guests can also purchase eider down comforters.
In 2017 The Icelandic Eider Centre opened again in a brand new facilities in Stykkishólmur at Frúarstígur 6. The Exhibition from the Norwegian house was set up again and new items made for this location made. The new facilites offer a superb space to host groups or individuals who want to learn more about the wonder of the Icelandic Eiderdown.
Summer: 13:00 – 17:00
Winter: By arrangement.
Summer: Free admission on opening hours.
Vinter: Groups only by arrangement. Admission fee: 800 iskr. pr. person.
The Eider Center is rented out for small banquets or receiptions. No kitchen is on location but we have a successful cooperation with local restaurants for catering service.eisluhaldara.
Seats and tables for ca. 20-30 people.
Good access is to the house and for people with disabilities.
Rental fee is 20.000 iskr.
A huge knowledge base is at the Eider Centre about eiders, nesting, production of goods from eider down and export of Icelandic Eider down. Options for lectures at the centre or elsewhere. Duration 40 – 60 minutes. Available in English and Icelandic.
Shop is open at the Eider Centre. Products made of Icelandic Eiderdown or inspired by the eider ducks exclusively produced for the Eider Centre are sold, in the shop.