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Hirtshals

Hirtshals is a town on the north coast of the island of Vendsyssel-Thy, in Denmark. It has a population of over 6,000, and is known as a result of its port and fishing pedigree. The town is home to the Nordsoen Oceanarium, which is one of the largest aquariums in Europe.

How to get to Hirtshals from
Route 1:

Iceland is not the easiest place to get to, whether that be by air or overland. The best way to travel overland between the UK and Iceland is by one train and two ferry trips. If you are tempted to brave this journey, be aware that it certainly isn't the shortest of trips; taking a total of 4 nights. Saying that however, if you have the time to spare, the reduced stress of avoiding the airport, and having time to yourself at sea could be worth considering.

The journey starts in London, with a train journey from London's Liverpool Street Station to Harwich International. You will need to catch a service that gets you to the ferry terminal in time for the 16.00 ferry check-in opening time.

Once you arrive at Harwich, you will need to check in (either as a foot passenger or with your vehicle) before boarding the ferry. The crossing takes around 19 hours in total, and you will have reserved a cabin when booking your ticket. There is plenty to do onboard during the crossing (to find out more, click on the Harwich - Esbjerg route link below).

On arrival in Esbjerg at 13.00, you will need to make your way to Hirtshals, which is in the north of the country. Depending on what time of year you are travelling in, you may need to spend a night in Denmark before boarding the ferry the following day (view the route details below for more information). On-board, you will once again find your cabin. This will be your home away from home for the next 3 nights, so get settled in! Fortunately, there is plenty to do on board, as detailed on the route page found below.

The ferry arrives in Seydisfiordur 3 nights later, unless you choose to stop over in The Faroe Islands.. Depending on where you want to go in Iceland you will need to drive or catch a bus to your chosen destination. Seyðisfjörður is a 7 or 8 hour drive from Reykjavík by car, or 8 or 9 hours by bus. It is possible to catch public transport from the ferry terminal to the city, but this involves a one-night stopover in Akureyri. More information on these public transport options can be found at www.dice.is or www.bsi.is.

Route 2:

The Smyril Line ferry service operating between Denmark and the Faroe Islands and Iceland operates between April and October, although the start/end destination varies depending on time of the year.

This page deals with the Hirtshals / Esbjerg - Seydisfiordur service via Tórshavn (Faroe Islands). Full details of this rather complicated timetabling/routing system can be found on the Smyril Line website here.

The journey is made onboard the Norrona, a part cargo part passenger ship, which is able to carry up to 1482 passengers, 800 cars and 3250 tonnes of cargo. The ship contains a variety of things to entertain passengers, including restaurants, bars, shopping, a cinema, playground and a small swimming pool.

If you are travelling with your car, remember to remove all the belongings you want to have with you from your car, as you will not be allowed back to it during the course of the voyage.

Hirtshals is connected by motorway to the rest of Denmark. A train also operates from Hirtshals to Aalborg via Hjorring. Seyðisfjörður is a 7 or 8 hour drive from Reykjavík by car, or 8 or 9 hours by bus. It is possible to catch public transport from the ferry terminal to the city, but this involves a one-night stopover in Akureyri. More information on these public transport options can be found at www.dice.is or www.bsi.is.