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The course of a year at the largest aquarium in northern Europe

Besides the exciting wildlife in our aquariums, we have a lot of different activities and events during the year. You can find an overview of the events that take place, right here. 

Activities in 2021

All year

The North Sea: A journey through time
Throughout 2021, we invite you on a journey through time around the North Sea. Let the traces of ancient life draw you back into the natural history of the area: from fresh seagull feathers over insects caught in amber and fossils from the Limfjord to 65-million-year-old petrified sea urchins. There will also be guided tours along the coast near Hirtshals.

June 28 - August 29

The North Sea - a journey through time
Throughout the summer we will continue our focus on the prehistoric North Sea. Find out about the origin of whales, and why the nature of Vendsyssel's shores looks the way it does and what secrets it holds. Guided tours on select days.

All through summer, the aquarium is buzzing with activities for the whole family: 

  • Crab Coast - open daily (may be closed in bad weather)
  • Ship o'Hoy - experience the rough seas on board a cutter
  • Tours to the fish auction at Hirtshals Harbor (July 16 and August 6) Tickets can be bought here.
  • Fishing and fun at the Oceanarium's lighthouse (on select days)
  • The Whale Researcher's Hut is buzzing with activity. Get stunned by the huge fin whale skeleton (from July 7)
  • 2x feeding in the large Oceanarium (11 AM and 3 PM)
  • 2x feeding of the seals (12 PM and 4 PM)

July 13
10-12 AM

Guided trip in the nature by Hirtshals Lighthouse for the entire family
We go on a search for insects and other interesting small animals in coastal nature. 

Meeting place: The lunch House by Hirtshals Lighthouse
Tickets can be bought here soon. 
Price: Adults 90,- DKK, Children (3-11 years) 25,-. 
Limited number of tickets. 
Tickets can be bought soon. 

July 13
2.30-4.30 PM

Guided trip in the footsteps of Signe Hansen
Join the "bjesk"-trip where you will get to know many different plants which can be used for making "bjesk" (a spicy schnaps). 

The trip begins by Hirtshals Lighthouse, from which we move through the dunes and the sorrounding area on the hunt for different herbs, berries and plants, just like the famous Signe Hansen did. 

Meeting place: The Lunch House by Hirtshals Lighthouse
Tickets can be bought soon. 
Price: Adults 90,- DKK
Limited number of tickets. 

July 13
7-9 PM

Guided evening trip in the footsteps of Signe Hansen
Join the "bjesk"-trip where you will get to know many different plants which can be used for making "bjesk" (a spicy schnaps). 

The trip begins by Hirtshals Lighthouse, from which we move through the dunes and the sorrounding area on the hunt for different herbs, berries and plants, just like the famous Signe Hansen did. 

Meeting place: The Lunch House by Hirtshals Lighthouse
Tickets can be bought soon. 
Price: Adults 90,- DKK
Limited number of tickets. 

July 16 and August 6

6.45-8.30 AM

Guided trip of the Hirtshals Fish Auction
Authentic port-experiences for the early birds! 
The North Sea Oceanarium offer a unique experience - a real fish auction Get up close to the many fish boxes containing the catch of the night and listen to the guide explain about the different species and how the auction work. 

After the auction er take a walk on the Port of Hirtshals where the guide will tell great stories about the small and large fishing vessels and the life of the port. We will also visit Cosmos Trawl and Fiskernes Kasseudlejning, where the fish boxes are being sorted and washed. 

Tickets can be bought soon. 
Meeting place: Norgeskajen 7, 9850 Hirtshals
Price: Adult 100,- DKK, Children (3-11 years) free entry. 

NOTE: You need to have a valid Coronapas to be allowed access to the auction house. 

August 5

11 AM - 3 PM

Fish-cooking school for the entire family
The rolling food workshop is a mobile cooking school, in which a great team of food enthusiasts make educational and involving food activities. In the food workshop anyone - no matter hor much or little experience - can learn to cut greens and cook a meal with fish as a foundation, with their family. 

The event is free, but takes place at The North Sea Oceanarium, so you need an entry ticket. 

October 16 - 24

Giants of the past and mysterous sea creatures
Exciting theme week about the inhabitants of the seas millions of years ago. Learn about the creatures that roamed the oceans then. Some of them may still be around today? Marvel at the remains of ancient sea creatures, and much more....

November & December

Weekend fun
Every weekend there will be special activities for the little ones. Guided tours for young children, and much more... 

December 26 - 30

Christmas holidays at Nordsøen Oceanarium
Fun and cosy activites every day.
  Please note: Our program can be subject to change.

More than just fish

Did you know that The North Sea Oceanarium also is the venue of concerts and other exciting events? For example we are hosting the Herring of the year-competition, in which restaurants from all over Denmark competes about making the best old-fashion marinated herring. Multiple times a year we also host concerts with different artists. You can read more about these exciting events under Events and concerts on our page.