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Hals and Hou

Photo: David Trood

Surrounded by fantastic beaches and large forests you will find Hals - the cosy fishing village by the eastern estuary of the Limfjord. 

Hals is a charming small town with small, cosy streets, a harbour with a fantastic view of the Limfjord and the Kattegat Sea, a historic entrenchment and a large selection of shops and restaurants. The city is located in Vendsyssel and close to the estuary of the Limfjord into Kattegat with a ferry connection to Egense, which is on the fjord's south side. In the old days, Hals was of great strategic importance, since it gives access to the Limfjord. Today the area around the Limfjord and Kattegat has some of Northern Europe's most children-friendly beaches.

Visit the small and atmospheric fishing village of Hou, just north of Hals. The towns heart is the harbour, here you will find a playground for the kids, ice-cream kiosks and the marina. A symbol of the harbour is the Wind Harp, a sculpture by the end of the pier. The Wind Harp is made up of two front-ends of two fishing boats, and two birds made of plate steel sit atop it. When the west wind blows through the Wind Harp, you can hear notes playing at different intensities, mimicking the sound of sea wind.

The beaches by Hou and Hals

The beaches by Hou and Hals are among the most child-friendly beaches in northern Europe. They boast shallow waters and small sand embankments that emerge as small islands during low tide. You have to walk out really far to even get water to reach the bellybutton. On these beaches, you will find room for fun and games and relaxation. Read more about the beaches here.

Activities and experiences

In the area around Hals and Hou, you will find lots of activities and experiences for the entire family.  During the summer season, you will find lots of markets, flea markets, food markets and more. For active holidaying you could go golfing, surfing, kayaking and much more. Go shopping in the small villages who both boast lots of different shops. Explore the culture and art of the area in one of the many local craftsman shops. In Hals you can see the trademark of the town, the huge whale jaw located right on the town square.

Hou Kayak Club

Go kayaking on the calm waters of the east coast. If you do not have your own, you can rent one in Hou.

Hals Golf Club

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Events in Hou and Hals

The beautiful nature surrounding Hals is perfect for arranged hikes and aquavit herb-collections, but in June until August, there is also a farmers markets and food markets in Hals every Wednesday. In the neighbouring city of Hou, which is a bit further north, there is also a market on Mondays. In July there is Black Powder Festival, where Hals Museum arranges loads of activities on the redoubt and fires off the black powder.

Where to stay

Hou and Hals is the perfect destination for a holiday home stay, but you will also find lots of BnB's, private accommodation, hotels, and camping sites. The beautiful nature of Hals is the perfect backdrop for hiking trips and lots more, explore the market every Wednesday during the summer season.

Events near Hals and Hou

Where to stay

Restaurants and places to eat

In Hals, there are plenty of dining options in the shape of family-friendly restaurants, small cafes and cosy inns.

Explore the restaurants near Hals, here.