"A small but busy port" Hirtshals by knerten

Hirtshals Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 36 photos

Not much to say about this town, actually. I went here on a seminar, taking the ferry from Oslo and back, leaving Oslo in the afternoon, and returning the next afternoon.

Booze Cruise

The ferry trip is also known as a "booze cruise" among Norwegians, since there is a duty-free store on board selling cheap liquor and tobacco (which would normally cost you a fortune in Norway). So Norwegians flock to this ferry, drink and have fun and load their bags with booze on the return. The boat also offers conference facilities, and since a ferry ride to Denmark and back is cheaper than an overnight stay at a hotel, and add to that the perks of cheap booze, a lot of companies stage their conferences and seminars on board these ships. So did my labour union, which is why I went there. For the seminar of course...not the booze...ehrm.

  • Last visit to Hirtshals: Sep 2004
  • Intro Written Sep 4, 2004
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