When medieval Reersø islanders rescued Queen Margrethe I from a storm on the Storebælt Strait, she granted them
special privileges that spared them from serfdom and certain taxes through to modern times. The people of Reersø lived off the land and sea, largely governing themselves, and even bought the island off the local lord in 1802. No longer quite an island, Reersø remains unspoilt and unique, though locals are much keener to share their idyllic way of life with strangers than their ancestors. At Reersø Kro, itself a classic thatched white farmouse, Nielsen and his staff retain the link to the local area.