Hirtshals is a town in region Nordjylland on the north coast of the Jutland peninsula in northern Denmark. The town of Hirtshals has a population of 7,000. Located on the North Sea, it is especially known for its fishing and ferry harbours. Fishing plays a big role for the town, as does tourism and the renting of summer homes.
The town's 35 meter high lighthouse, Hirtshals fyr is a local landmark. The boats that came from the south had nothing on which to take a bearing, which resulted in many ships running aground near Hirtshals. The lighthouse was therefore built on the point between 1860-1863.Building was begun June 28, 1860, and it was first lit on January 1, 1863. It is constructed of red brick, and covered with Dutch tile.
Hirtshals is Danish hometown for the Norwegian ferry company, Color Line. Each year thousands of Norwegian, German and Dutch tourists travel back and forth from Hirtshals to Norwegian cities Kristiansand and Larvik.