Lyø has a long and remarkable history dating all the way back to the Stone Age. The ancient past is still visible as you will find several old dolmen on the island, the most important one being Klokkestenen (The Bell Stone)
Lyø became the centre of a highly dramatic event in 1223 when King Valdemar II of Denmark (Valdemar the Victorious) visited the island to go hunting. The king was captured and imprisoned by Count Heinrich of Schwerin, who kept him locked up for several years until a ransom was paid for his release.
Today when people arrive here from mainland Funen, they tell us how they wind down the minute they get on board the ferry. When you get to Lyø, you will be stunned by the peace and quiet, the clean air, the beautiful countryside, the sea and our old farms and timbered houses with thatched roofs. They are all idyllically located by the many village ponds. The village has been listed as worth preserving due to its unique character: The farms never moved out of the village to relocate further out in the fields as it otherwise happened in Denmark after the agrarian reforms in the late 1700s.
Lyø is the place to relax completely as stress is non-existent. We are around 90 people living here and we have always time for a coffee when somebody drops by.