Hanstholm Travel Guide

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Hanstholm Things to Do

  • The harbour

    The harbour in Hanstholm is the biggest in Denmark measured by the value of the fish landed here. There's always something to look at from the ligth blue fishing ships, the ferry to Norway or the fish auction at 7 am every morning.

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  • The Lighthouse

    This is my favorite attraction in Hanstholm. The Lighthouse sits on top of the hill between the city and the harbour, and offers a fantastic view of the nature reserve to the south as well as the ocean to the west and north.The tower was build in 1843 and electrified as the first one in Denmark in 1889. At the time it was the strongest lighthouse...

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  • Fishing on the Yellow Reef

    A lot of people come to Hanstholm to do some sport fishing. It's very easy to fish from the outer pier of the harbour, where there is always quite a few peolpe trying to get the catch of the day.Another option is to go on one of the tour boats that will take you to one of the banks outside Hanstholm. One of the best boats is M/S Thailand which has...

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  • The Church

    The Church in Hanstholm is not very big and very traditional by Danish standards. This picture shows the altar in the back and the traditional "church ship" hanging from the ceiling. This ship is very common in Danish churches and is not just related to the maritime history of Hanstholm. I have heard a few different reasons for this tradition. The...

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  • View from the Ligthhouse

    This picture shows the view of the church and surroundings from the top of the Ligthhouse one crisp winter day.Somewhere near the leftmost window on the church you can find a centuries old picture of a boat. These boats were used for trade with Norway long ago and the picture now form the official shield of Hanstholm.

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  • WWII Bunkers

    The main attraction inside Hanstholm town is the huge WWII bunkers build by the Germans. It consists of 4 huge turrets with guns supposedly able to shoot half way to Norway, with a similar complex in Kristiansand covering the other half. The guns are gone now, so it leaves a little bit to the imagination, but the museum still gives you an amazing...

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  • Hotel Hanstholm

    Only option in town if you want a hotel. Pretty good too. I used to do the dishes in the kitchen,...

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Hanstholm Nightlife

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    by sorenf Updated Jan 2, 2006

    Thats actually their motto, and it doesn't ryhme at all. The local inn is a strange place. It houses the only disco in town as well as the most hardcore local fishermen. It has a caged stage in classic "Road House" style with the occational stripper, and is famous for having strips on sunday mornings at 11 for the incomming Norwegians on the ferry. This place should be visited with some care, because drunken brawls are common, and sense is as unknown as soap on a fishing boat. It's uniquely Hanstholm.

    Update: The Inn has lost it's liqouer license on account of not cooperating with the police, not having proper book keeping and just all round being a dive, so maybe this gem of Hanst-algia or Hanst-ericana might be gone... at least for now.

    Gordon Inc. in "Hardcore 2000" about Hanstholm Kro "Steder kan vaere hardcore: Ser 48 timer paa Danmarkskanalen om Hanstholm Kro. Hanstholm Kro er hardcore, der er dagstrip om soendagen og et bur omkring scenen saa gaesterne ikke kan overrage stripperen. Men hardcoren stopper ikke der: Den gamle kaptajn der ejer Hanstholm Kro og gaar i laedervest og ryger filterloese cigaretter og hele tiden har politiet paa nakken for rufferi fordi han lejer vaerelser ud til Thai-piger og piger fra oestlandene og sir at han fyrer den af saalaenge han lever og ikke tar noget med herfra er ogsaa hardcore. Michelle der staar i baren og skal strippe for fulde norske soefolk kl.11 om formiddagen og behoever alt det arbejde hun kan faa er ogsaa hardcore. Hanstholm Kro er bare et sted ud af tusinder. Skumle bodegaer med tung, tysk oendenoed og saere stamkunder er altid mere hardcore end trendy cafeer."

    Dress Code: Dont look too smart. Don't look like a surfer either.

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Hanstholm Transportation

  • Airline to Copenhagen

    Maybe surprisingly there is an airport in Hanstholm with two daily connections to Copenhagen. The price is even very reasonable. You can get a stand-by ticket for 410 kr. one-way from/to Copenhagen. Recently the route has become a bit more popular, so it seems that you now risk not getting on with a stand-by ticket, especially Monday mornings....

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  • Ferry to/from Norway

    From Hanstholm you can take the ferry to Egesund, Haugesund and Bergen on the Norwegian west coast with the newly build Fjord Line ferry. Updated with link to their brand new English website.

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  • New discount speed ferry to/from Norway

    There is a new ferry company called Master Ferries starting a route from Hanstholm to Kristiansand in April. The trip will be less than 2 hours as they have bought the old Mols Line ferry previously sailing between Zealand and Jutland.As an opening offer it will be possible to buy a one way ticket for 9 to 79 dkk. Tickets go on sale in January, but...

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Hanstholm Shopping

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    by sorenf Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Amazingly this tiny town has a shopping centre. Although hardly Harrods, it still has quite a few shops and a couple of supermarkets, so when the weather is acting up, this might be a good place to go.

    There's a 8 lane bowling alley as well, and this is also where you will find the local post office and banks.

    T��rfisk concert in Hanstholm Centret

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Hanstholm Warnings and Dangers

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    by sorenf Written Dec 2, 2005

    As a general rule I would advice against doing drunk driving on the harbour. There's no fence or anything, so even normal driving should be done with some caution. These two poor fellas didn't make it out in time.

    Found a month later
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Hanstholm Off The Beaten Path

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    by sorenf Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    That's right. Why not get married in or around Hanstholm. The mayor will be more than happy to marry you on the beach, in a German WWII bunker, in the lighthouse or just in his office.

    Update: Hanstholm will be merged with Thisted and Sydthy Municipality, so this mayor will be stepping down end of 2006.

    No we didn't get married
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