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Nordsøen Oceanarium – The biggest aquarium in Northern Europe

At Nordsøen Oceanarium (North Sea Oceanarium) you can experience more than 7.000 fish and other sea creatures in 75 aquariums containing a total of 6 million litres of water. It is worth a visit in all seasons!

The Nordsøen Oceanarium has been around since 1984 and a lot has happened since then but the focus has always been on life in the North Sea. Today, the Nordsøen Oceanarium is one of the greatest attractions in Northern Jutland and offers fun and educational activities year-round.

At Nordsøen Oceanarium you can experience Northern Europe’s single largest aquarium tank. Embark on an amazing adventure beneath the ocean surface and explore more than 7.000 fish and other sea creatures divided in 75 aquariums. You are guaranteed an entire day’s worth of fun at the 10.000 square meter aquarium and the 5.000 square meter outdoor area. The 4.5 million litre seawater aquarium tank, holding thousands of fish and sea creatures, is a unique experience in itself. Here, a diver jumps into the water and feeds the fish by hand, while a speaker guides you through the aquarium and its habitants.

Play and learn
The oceanarium offers several fun and educational experiences - also outdoors. Let your kids run around the outdoor area with two unique, challenging playgrounds, which includes Denmark’s largest whale playground that lets them climb, slide and soar. You can also join the Amber Hunt, catch crabs with your bare hands or experience the forces of nature at “Ship o’Hoy”.

What’s the deal with the jellyfish?
Join the journey through the food chain of the North Sea and learn about everything from small plankton to the largest predators. The new two-story tanks let you experience jellyfish in a completely new way, watch their beauty unfold and understand their special place in the food chain.

100 m2 interactive screen
Reach the bottom of the ocean wit the BIG OCEAN WINDON, the largest interactive screen in Denmark. Go on an interactive underwater-journey and see giant whales, dangerous sharks and enormous shoals swim right by you – You get to decide what happens!

Focusing on fish and their health benefits
Nordsøen Oceanarium is part of the new research and educational project, FiSK, that aims to convey the health benefits of eating fish regularly in an innovative way that engages children and their parents. At the oceanarium you are invited to learn about fish and health through play in an interactive digital kitchen, and you can contribute to the research by sharing your own fish-eating habits.

Lots of knowledge on the giants of the ocean
At “the whale researcher’s hut” you get to learn about the exciting work of a whale researcher and the life of whales. Visit the hut to find out how researchers locate and study these giant, gentle creatures.
On February 23 2016, a fin whale measuring 17.4 metres was found dead at Blokhus beach. During spring and summer, the bones of the fin whale were cleaned and put together, and now you can get up close to the skeleton of the fin whale – the world’s second largest animal. (The skeleton will be out on loan for an exhibition in Blokhus from March 22 to July 11, 2018)

Get close to playful predators
In the 800.000 litre outdoor pool, you meet Denmark’s largest predator, the grey seal, and its smaller cousin, the harbour seal. Seals are fast and elegant swimmers, and you have the chance to study their movements through the 12-meter-long underwater tunnel. However, seals are very curious animals so be prepared to be studied yourself as well – Get a first-row seat for the feeding of the adorable seals or perhaps just lay down in the sand at the beach and enjoy the sunshine.

Taste the North Sea and bring back a memory
The theme is very consistent at Nordsøen Oceanarium, which also shows in the dining places. In the restaurant and café, you can choose from a selection of tasty, seasonal fish and seafood dishes – the ingredients are healthy and all natural – and the fish is freshly caught. Of course, you can also bring your own lunch and enjoy it at the picnic areas.
Bring back a memory of Nordsøen. In the gift shop “Pakhuset”, you find lots of memorabilia, gift items, books and much more. 



Willemoesvej 2
9850 Hirtshals
Tlf no. +45 98 94 44 44

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