Theme Week Jutland – Læsø

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Museumsgården © panoramio.com - Carsten Wiehe/cc-by-sa-3.0

Museumsgården © panoramio.com – Carsten Wiehe/cc-by-sa-3.0

Læsø is the largest island in the North Sea bay of Kattegat, and is located 19 kilometres (12 mi) off the northeast coast of the Jutland Peninsula, the Danish mainland. Læsø is also the name of the municipality (Danish: kommune) on that island. The island is a location mentioned in several instances in Norse mythology, including as the dwelling of the sea jötunn Ægir and as a feasting place of the Norse gods, the Æsir.

The municipality is in Region Nordjylland in northern Denmark. The municipality, Denmark’s least populous, covers Læsø and neighboring small islands for a total area of 114 square kilometres (44 sq mi), and has a total population of 1,793 as of 1 January 2017. The population has been steadily declining.

Norway lobster © Hans Hillewaert/cc-by-sa-4.0 Fisherman Association © Tomasz Sienicki/cc-by-3.0 Hedvigs Hus with roof made of eelgrass © Gunnar Bach Pedersen Museumsgården © panoramio.com - Carsten Wiehe/cc-by-sa-3.0 © panoramio.com - Carsten Wiehe/cc-by-sa-3.0 © panoramio.com - L-BBE/cc-by-3.0
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Hedvigs Hus with roof made of eelgrass © Gunnar Bach Pedersen
Læsø has an outstanding botanical interest. The nature-types on and around Læsø includes open water, extensive mudflats, sand banks, heathland, islets and areas of arable land. It houses Denmarks largest tidal saltmarsh outside the Wadden Sea but the decline in grazing animals has led to a gradual vegetational succession. Invasive species are colonizing the site, especially Japanese Rose, and scrub clearance has been implemented to re-establish the former pastures open heathland. Seals like the Harbor seal are breeding around Læsø and the whole area is an internationally important area for wintering, molting and staging waterbirds. Therefore, a Ramsar protection was put into force in 1977 (number 149) and today it encompass 66,548 ha.

Together with Anholt, Læsø belongs to the Danish “desert belt”; during the summer months there is so little rain that streams and ponds partly dry up. In the Middle Ages, the island was known for its salt industry. The ground water can reach over 15 percent salt, and this was naturally concentrated in flat salt meadows during the hot dry summers. The final concentration, carried out in hundreds of salt kilns, consumed large amounts of wood. Eventually the island became deforested, sandstorms buried villages, and salt extraction was banned. Since the end of the 1980s it has been resumed on a small scale as an archaeological experiment and a tourist attraction. Læsø is home to the bee subspecies European dark bee. The species is protected by Danish law which prohibits the import of other species to the island. The law has not been enforced and today normal bees and brown bees are both used for the production of honey. The island has been split in two parts for bee management, one for each species. Læsø is home to unique styles of Danish traditional music. Most of it is not played any more but has been preserved through intense documentation and research in the 1980s and 1990s.

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