|Region||North Denmark (Nordjylland)|
|Settled||1995, when the HCH was born|
|• Total||929.5 km2 (359.0 sq mi)|
|• Land||929.2 km2 (358.7 sq mi)|
|• Water||0.1 km2 (1.0 sq mi)|
|Elevation||90 m (295.5 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2013)|
|• Density||6.82/km2 (17.67/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Central European Time (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||European Summer Time (UTC+2)|
The town of Hirtshals
It is the home of one of the largest aquariums in Europe, the Nordsøen Oceanarium. This was built in 1984 as Nordsømuseet, The North Sea Museum,and got its present name after it was extended in 1998 to include a fish tank containing 4,5 million litres of water, making it the largest in northern Europe. The Oceanarium has 70 different species in its collection. A fire in December 2003 destroyed the new extension, but the Nordsøen Oceanarium was rebuilt and reopened on July 22, 2005.
The town's 35 metre high lighthouse, Hirtshals fyr, is a local landmark. Building was begun on June 28th, 1860, and it was first lit on January 1st, 1863. It is constructed of red brick, and covered with Dutch tile.
Fishing plays a big role for the town and its inhabitants, as does tourism and the renting of summer homes.
Hirtshals is the Danish terminal for the services of the Norwegian ferry company, Color Line. Each year thousands of Norwegian, German and Dutch tourists travel back and forth between Hirtshals and the Norwegian cities of Kristiansand and Larvik. Previously, Color Line also offered services to Bergen, Stavanger and Oslo, but decided to stop operating these routes in early 2008. Another ferry operator, Fjord Line, now operates a route to Bergen and Stavanger. It has also been possible since autumn 2010 to travel to Tórshavn on the Faroe Islands and to Seyðisfjörður on Iceland with Smyril Line. The shops in Hirtshals thrive on the large number of visitors, especially Norwegians, who shop in the small town all year long.
Until January 1, 2007, Hirtshals was also a municipality (Danish: kommune) in North Jutland County. The municipality covered an area of 196 km2 (76 sq mi), and had a total population of 14,088 (2005). Besides Hirtshals, it covered the villages Tornby, Vidstrup, Asdal, Tuen, Bindslev, Tversted, Emmersbæk, Lilleheden and Horne. Its last mayor was Knud Størup (independent).
Hirtshals municipality ceased to exist due to Kommunalreformen ("The Municipality Reform" of 2007). 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 92 km2 (36 sq mi) and a total population of ca. 67,816.
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The Sea Level
The sea level has been as high as 1 meter over the norm. But in days where there is no wind, the waves typically won't be higher than max 20 cm (8 in) over normal sea level.
Air Temperature (Celsius)
The air in Hirtshals can be foggy sometimes, because of the seawater, which vaporizes. In the winter, the air temperature can fall as low as 1.6 degrees, but in the summer, 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 wave heights are about 2-2.5 meters, according to the Harbour Office.
The prevailing wind in Hirtshals is to the south or south-west.
Force of the Wind
The force of the wind in Hirtshals varies. During some winter days it could easily top out at 10 m/s, and in the summer it's much more calm, but there can be strong winds.
Links to Hirtshals Weather
- Hirtshals Havnekontor Weathermeasurings, updates every minute (Only in metric)
- DMI Hirtshals (Only in metric)'
- Weather-Forecast.com Hirtshals (Metric & Imperial)
Webcams of Hirtshals Harbour
- 2 Webcams on Hirtshals Harbour
- The first one on the page is Pier II, and the second is Frontbassin towards northeast.
- Skaga FM, formerly known as Radio Hirtshals, is a local radio station that plays domestic and foreign hits from the 80s, 90s and onwards, and reports on current events happening within the municipality of Hjørring. MHz: 105,6 FM.
 The Skaga FM official website (Mainly in Danish, but offers German tourist radio during the summer)
- Since the early year 2010, local ferry operator Color Line (serves two ferry routes between Hirtshals and Norway) have had their own radio station, Color Radio, that plays popular songs from mostly the 80's and 90's. Also it gives travelers from Hirtshals to Norway informations about the next departure, and when check-in closes. The radio can be listened to all over Hirtshals town, and from the motorway roundabout near Aabyen at the E39. MHz: 95,3 FM.
- BEF44: Population 1st January, by urban areas database from Statistics Denmark
- Hirtshals Havnekontor Weathermeasurings
- Municipal statistics: NetBorger Kommunefakta, delivered from KMD aka Kommunedata (Municipal Data)
- Municipal mergers and neighbors: Eniro new municipalities map
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