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Nordsøen Oceanarium, Hirtshals

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Zoo / Aquarium
Visit the biggest aquarium in Northern Europe, Nordsøen Oceanarium, where you can see seals, cod, seabass, and schooling fish. The center tank can hold 4,500,000 litres (1,189,00 gallons) of water. It was built to imitate the open sea so that many of the species of fish could live comfortably. There are also habitat tanks that recreate habitats certain fish need to survive, and a seal pool where you can see the harbor seal and gray seal. Informational TV screens are set up throughout that give information about the specific fish--be aware, though, that presentations are in Danish. Children can draw and paint in one of the play areas. If you want to see one of the feedings, check the schedule in advance on the website. To visit Nordsøen Oceanarium and other attractions in Hirtshals, use our Hirtshals tour planner.
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  • My family loved it! Great for all ages. The guides spoke danish during feedingtime in the main tank. Would have been a plus if there was information in english too.  more »
  • Great Aquarium, where you really can get deep into the science and life beneath the sea. The showpiece is the big tank with the huge shoals of fish, but the smaller exibits are really great, and it's ...  more »
  • This is a great place for your small ones to run around and play. There are big fishtanks for them to look at and also other things to learn about the marina. In the summer there is an outside playgro...  more »
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  • The oceanarium features the wide variety of life in the North Sea. It has a lot of great stuff for kids, including a huge "oceanarium" with regular shows featuring a biologist taking a dive and showing the various species from inside the tank while communicating via radio. Note: the presentations are all in Danish, however the staff speak english and are open for questions 1-on-1 after the shows/presentations.
  • Fun for young and old. A little disorienting with so much to see and everything is placed in like a maze. But very fun, and lots of fun creatures.
  • What a great place! The staff is very good at both "painting the big picture-stories" and the cool detail-stuff, and all done with the spirit that comes from knowledge of the subject-matter. The place itself lends easily to all sorts of ways to experience, see (and touch 😁) the fish. Highly recommended
  • Great aquarium, can easily spend half a day or more there
  • Very interesting visit with friendly staff, great experience. Can recommend the feedings.