Islanders find the salt of life
The islanders of Læsø produced salt in special salt-seething huts in the Middle Ages. At Læsø Salt Works, you can explore the art of transforming saltwater into the finest quality salt. A couple of the salt-seething huts have been reconstructed following…
Hunting for the island's white gold
Salt was once a vital preservative. Good salt was therefore valuable. In the Middle Ages and the renaissance, Læsø islanders paid duties in salt to the canons in Viborg. No one knows whether the islanders also produced salt for sale. Concentrated saltwater can be found under the salt marshes at the beach on Læsø, which is unusual, and layers of pure brine could be collected in wells. The brine was then boiled or seethed to produce a product as high-quality as the famous Lüneburg salt. Salt production stopped in 1652 because seething salt in the huts required large amounts of fuel. By then, the salt industry had used up all the fuel wood on the island. Sand drifts had transformed the island into a windswept desert. Salt was still made from brine as a cottage industry until the middle of the 19th century. The ruins of the old huts where the salt was boiled are still standing as low, square embankments. There are an estimated 1,000 of them on the island.
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