Those, who wandered north of Denmark, will meet animals that amaze with their appearance. They will see sunfish, floating in a huge aquarium, they will also encounter joyful seals and the entire flora of the North Sea.
Lovers of marine fauna and flora are seeking for another places on the map, where they can see live exotic creatures from the most remote corners of the world. One of them is located in Hirtshals (Denmark), at the outskirts of Jutland. It’s the most interesting Danish Aquarium, called Nordsøen Oceanarium. It’s the largest object of its kind in northern Europe.
The heart of the aquarium, attracting tourists from different countries, is a gigantic aquarium with the capacity of 4,5 million liters. Standing next to it, you can lose the track of time and reality, and above all, feel fragile, tiny and small. The aquarium is full of sharks, flatfish and stingrays, but also huge sunfish. They make the biggest impression on tourists - not only because of the size (some fish of this species weigh up to 2 tons), but also because of its original shape.
Sunfish from the aquarium are named Andrea and Anton. They’re much smaller than their “flat mates” – Andrea doesn’t have even 300 kg. Visitors can see performances of giants, as well as listen to the diver, who talks about their habits.
Ticket to the aquarium costs 160 Dkr for an adult, while the price of a ticket for a child is 85 Dkr.
Aquarium is undoubtedly the biggest, but definitely not the only tourist attraction of Hirtshals. Those, who will come to the city, probably sooner or later will visit the lighthouse. It serves as a view point for visitors. Equally beautiful and seductive are beaches, as well as walking and shopping streets, with 9 supermarkets and 60 theme stores. In the city there’re also galleries and approx. 20 cafes.
Another attraction, from which the town is famous, is FunPark Hirtshals. On the surface of 30 hectares live about 70 different animals, including ponies, goats and deer, as well as more exotic species, such as raccoons, coati and lovebirds. Amidst the beautiful surroundings, children can play Indian, ride a horse or learn to shoot a bow, while parents can relax with a cup of coffee in a cozy cafe. You can also arrange a picnic there.
Picturesque fishing harbors, ideally suited for romantic walks only add more charm to the town. Travelers hungry for longer trips can take the ferry – it departs from the town to Norway (among others).
Where to stay in Hirsthals?
As befits a place crowded with tourists, Hirtshals has a very well organized accommodation infrastructure. Guests can choose among many hotels and a few campsites, including some offering beautiful views – because they are located right at the coast. One of them is a 3 star Hirtshals Camping, open during 25.04-14.09. It’s a family campsite equipped with every comfort, from the TV room, children's playground and barbecue area, ending with a mini supermarket.
Campers can quickly get to Skagen, Blokhus and Hjørring by frequently running buses. Around the campsite there’re many cycling and walking routes, and the river Uggerby gives great opportunities for recreation and fishing. Overnight stay for an adult costs 78-86 Dkr, while the price for a child under the age of 11 years is 53-58 Dkr.
Hirtshals is a small, charming town in a great location. Its atmosphere will appeal to everyone, who loves the beauty of nature - even this more severe, as befits the northern regions of the continent.