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Hirtshals short guide
The small town of Hirtshals, with its 6.310 inhabitants (2009), all in northern Vendsyssel – specifically in Hjørring municipality in Region Nordjylland. It is a relatively young city, which emerged in the first half of the 1900s around a newly added fishing and ferry port. It is still primarily as fisheries and ferjeby Hirtshals is known.
The city’s biggest tourist attraction is Nordsøen Oceanarium (formerly Nordsømuseet) – Northern Europe’s largest aquarium. Here there are between 2000 and 3000 domestic and exotic fish, which can frolic in a total of 4.5 million liters of water. In addition, visitors can experience daily seals fed and playing in a separate selarium.
It runs daily large car ferries between Hirtshals and the southern Norwegian cities of Kristiansand and Larvik (traveling time approximately 3.5 hours). In summer it goes moreover speedboat to Kristiansand (2h 15 min). Also between Hirtshals and the western Norwegian cities of Stavanger and Bergen are the ferry connection.
Nearest international airport is Aalborg Airport, approx 60 km south of Hirtshals.