Læsø, a large island off the coast of the Danish mainland, is part of the Danish “desert belt.” The island’s dryness during the summer months has resulted in ground water that can be up to fifteen percent salt. In the Middle Ages, the island was well known for its salt industry which, eventually, led to the deforestation of the country due to the large amount of wood used in the salt kilns. Today, the island is the home of the world’s most expensive salt.
Læsø Saltsyderi, the island’s saltworks, operates in 2008 just as it did in 1008. It’s as much a tourist attraction as it is a producer of salt. In fact, they give lectures to over 60,000 guests annually. That doesn’t mean the salt alone isn’t worth the price of admission, though. Salt master Poul Christensen will assure you that Læsø Saltsyderi produces the world’s best salt.
Læsø Salt can be purchased for 150 Danish kroner per kilo ($29 USD). In addition, the company plans to produce Læsø-salted cheese, sausages and hams in the island’s former dairy and to re-open the church as a health spa where skin diseases may be treated by bathing in byproducts from the production of the most expensive salt in the world.
Læsø Salt $29