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Nordsøen Oceanarium

Explore the many educational experiences in one of North Jutland's biggest attractions, the North Sea Oceanarium in Hirtshals. Here you can meet the lumpfish in Northern Europe's largest aquarium, where there are exciting experiences and fun activities for all ages.

6 million liter water... and MUCH more

Northern Europe's largest aquarium in Hirtshals offers an exciting adventure below sea level. The 10,000 m2 indoors, 6000m2 outdoors, 75 aquariums, and more than 7,000 fish and other sea animals, provide a full day of experiences in the wet element. Guests can explore the secrets of the sea by diving all the way to the bottom of the sea, crawling around the shipwreck, catching crabs with their bare hands, and feeling the forces of nature. They can pat a starfish on the back, stand face to face with a seal and search for the gold of the North Sea. Great sea experiences await both outside and inside.

Explore both above and below the sea surface, and explore the exciting life in the sea around Denmark

This year's theme - A North Sea time travel

Throughout 2021, guests will join a time travel around the North Sea, where finds from nature in the area trace far back in history - all the way from the fresh gull feathers to amber with insects, fossils from the Limfjord, and 65 million-year-old petrified sea urchins. During this season there will be guided tours along the coast near Hirtshals.

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Nordsøen Oceanarium

Look a playful seal into the eyes

In the big outdoor area, you can meet the biggest predator Denmarks, grey seals, and their smaller relatives the harbor seals. You can follow their elegant movements in the underwater tunnel while you will be charmed by their adorable looks. On the outside, you can follow the feeding which happens two times a day. Furthermore, you can see the seals lying on the enclosed beach and enjoying the sun.


Sea giants and cute predators

In "The Whale Researcher's Cabin", there is an opportunity to explore the whale researcher's exciting world. At times, the huge skeleton of the fin whale from Blokhus can also be experienced up close.
Denmark's largest predator, the seals, you can experience up close in the large outdoor facility, and the 12-meter underwater tunnel.

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The hunters of the North Sea

Go on adventures through the North Sea food chain, where you meet everything from the smallest plankton to the largest predators on the impressive BIG OCEAN WINDOW, Scandinavia's largest interactive screen, where large whales, shoals of fish, and dangerous sharks unfold. In the brand new involving seal exhibition, all ages can get wiser on Denmark's largest predators.

Have your adventures on turbo

Let the children loose in the outdoor play areas. In the outdoor area, you will find two challenging playgrounds, including Denmark's largest whale play area, where you can climb and slide. You can catch crabs with your bare hands and go hunting for amber. Get out on the rocking sea on "Ship o 'Hoy" and climb all the way up to the lighthouse.

By the Lighthouse - new outdoor area with space for play and relaxation

Outside, behind the playground and the lighthouse which is a true copy of Hirtshals famous lighthouse, guests can experience the brand new, delicious outdoor area which is simply called By the Lighthouse. The area contains both beautiful green areas and hilly terrain, where there is plenty of space for both play and relaxation. Hear the sound of the rippling water from Emmersbækken that snakes its way through the area. If you have a packed lunch, you can enjoy it in one of the six shelters equipped with benches and tables.

Travel passport for all children

Go hunt with a travel passport in hand, children can explore every nook and cranny of the exhibit and find the 10 stamps. Once the children have found them all, a diploma and a sticker will be handed out.

The North Sea's shop "Pakhuset" has wealth of souvenirs, gift items, books, and much more. Look in and let yourself be tempted by the exciting items.

3 new unique aquariums!

The new exhibition includes 3 new aquariums, you can see jellyfish, shoals and predatory fish quite closely. The unique design of the aquariums, built through 2 floors, provides a very special sensory experience!

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The taste of the North Sea

Simple and tasty fish dishes are served in the eatery, depending on seasonal fish and seafood - freshly caught, healthy and sustainable! You can of course also get your own lunch with you.

The shop of the North Sea Oceanarium "Pakhuset" sells souvenirs, gifts, books and a lot more. Take a look inside and get a souvenir to remind you of an amazing day.

Opening hours

16.1 –12.2: weekdays 10-16, weekends 10-17

1.3 – 26.3: weekdays 10-16, weekends 10-17

27.3 – 22.6: 10 – 17

Peak sæson:

28.6 – 22.8: 9-18

23.8 – 31.10: 10-17

Autumn Holiday week 42:

16.- 24.10: 9-17