Hirtshals is a town in
Hjørring municipality in Region
Nordjylland on the north coast of the island of Vendsyssel-Thy at the top of the Jutland
peninsula in northern Denmark, Europe.
The town of Hirtshals
The town of Hirtshals has a population of 6,665 (2004).
Sea, it is especially known for its fishing and ferry
It is the home of one of the largest aquariums
in Europe, the Nordsøen Oceanarium
. It was built
in 1984 as Nordsømuseet, The Norths Sea Museum. It got its present
name after it was expanded in 1998 with a fish tank containing 4,5
million liter water, making it the largest in northern Europe. The
Oceanarium has in its collection 70 different species. A fire in
December 2003 destroyed the new expansion, but the Nordsøen Oceanarium
was rebuilt and
reopened in July 22, 2005.
The town's 35 meter high lighthouse
is a local landmark. Building was begun June
28, 1860, and it was first lit on January 1, 1863. It is
constructed of red brick, and covered with Dutch tile.
Fishing plays a big role for the town and its habitants, as does
tourism and the renting of summer
Hirtshals is Danish hometown for the Norwegian ferry company,
. Each year thousands of
Norwegian, German and Dutch tourists travel back and forth from
Hirtshals to the Norwegian cities of Kristiansand and Larvik.
Line also offered trips to Bergen, Stavanger and Oslo, but decided
to stop operating these routes in early 2008. Another ferry
operator, Fjord Line now operates a route
that goes to Bergen and Stavanger.
The shops in Hirtshals thrive on the
excessive number of especially its Norwegian visitors, who shop
regularly in the small town all year long.
January 1, 2007, Hirtshals was also a municipality (Danish, kommune) in North Jutland
The municipality covered an area of , and
had a total population of 14,088 (2005). Besides Hirtshals it
covered the villages Tornby
. Its last mayor was Knud Størup
Hirtshals municipality ceased to exist due to Kommunalreformen
. It was
merged with existing Hjørring,
Løkken-Vrå, and Sindal
municipalities to form an enlarged Hjørring municipality.
This created a municipality with an area of and a total population
of ca. 67,816.
The nature of Hirtshals: the beach,
the cliffs, the North Sea and the history: the bunkers and the
The sealevel has been reach at over 1 meter over the normal. But in
days where there are no wind, the waves typically won't be higher
than max over normal sealevel.
Air Temperature (Celsius)
The air in Hirtshals can be foggy in sometimes, because of the
seawater, who vapourises. In wintertime, the air temperature can
reach down to 1.6 degrees, but in the summertime, it can reach over
25 degrees celsius.
Hirtshals Havnekontor (The local Office of the open sea) do have a
meter, who measures how many seconds there is between to waves. It
has been between 0.5 sec. up to about 9 seconds all year.
The waves can
be high in Hirtshals, but the normal
waveheights are about 2-2.5 meters, according to the Harbour
The wind in Hirtshals always, or the most of the times, blow to the
South (182 degrees) or SouthWest (250 degrees).
Force of the Wind
The force of the wind in Hirtshals is very differenting. In good
winterdays for example, it could easy top at 10 m/sec., and in the
summertime it's much more calm, but it can be high.
Links to Hirtshals Weather
Webcams of Hirtshals Harbour
- Skaga FM, formerly called Radio Hirtshals, is the town's local
radiostation that plays hits from the 80s, 90s and today, and has a
main emphasis on current events happening in the municipality of
Hjørring. MHz: 105,6 FM.
Skaga FM official website (Mainly in Danish, but offers German
tourist radio during the summer)