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The small town of Hirtshals, with its 6,310 inhabitants (2009), located north of Vendsyssel – specifically in Hjørring municipality in Region Nordjylland. It is a relatively young city, growing up in the first half of the 1900s around a newly added fishing and ferry port. It is still first and foremost as fishing and ferjeby Hirtshals is known.
Largest city tourist attraction is Nordsøen Oceanarium (formerly Nordsømuseet) – Northern Europe’s largest aquarium. There are between 2000 and 3000 domestic and exotic fish, which can frolic in a total of 4.5 million gallons of water. In addition, visitors can experience daily seals being fed and playing in a separate selarium.
It runs daily large car ferries between Hirtshals and the southern Norwegian cities of Kristiansand and Larvik (over experience about 3.5 hours).In summer there are also boat to Kristiansand (2t. 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