It began with a bright idea by salt-boiler Poul. One of the recognised ways of treating psoriasis is with saltwater. This has been done at the Dead Sea in Israel and in the Blue Lagoon on Iceland. Then why not try it on Læsø! Everyone mucked in and the economic basis for the business was established. Læsø Kur became a reality. On 6 August 2007 the conversion of the church began with the nave of the church being pulled down.
This is the church tower standing all alone waiting for the new building work to take place!
A competition was held. The winner was the firm of architects Friis og Moltke in partnership with Trigon and Cowi A/S. The tower would remain a landmark, but with a new base that meandered like a stylised dune landscape. Thus the building is planted in the present with a view of both the past and the future.
On the first Sunday in Advent 2003 the church was taken out of service. Following discussions with the parish council in Vesterø and the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs, it was decided that the church could be sold for the symbolic price of 1 Danish krone! It was the first time that a church in Denmark had been "sold" for private purposes.
The link between salt and church is actually nothing new. For several hundred years it was the Viborg chapter that owned Læsø and was behind the commercial exploitation of the salty groundwater.
According to rules and regulations, the communion silver and baptismal font were carried out when the church lost its status as a church. The church bell was carefully removed and now rings at Bangsbostrand Kirke in Frederikshavn. The pews were sold at an auction. Today one of them is in the breakfast room at Østergaard B&B
Læsø Kur is open to everybody. Admission to the centre gives access to a number of facilities such as salt baths, saunas and steam baths, etc.
A large number of spa and wellness treatments are also available.
During spring and autumn there will be treatment available for psoriasis patients. Treatment is taking place on the basis of a 4-year pilot project that was carried out on Læsø in collaboration with Marselisborg Hospital. In this case the patients received treatment for 4 weeks. Results have been good and are comparable to the levels of success for treatment at the Dead Sea in Israel.
For some people there are a number of advantages of choosing Læsø. You can take your family with you and choose where to spend the night. Children are also able to keep up with their school courses on Læsø.