The name Hirsholmene or Hælsholmæ means "the island with the neck". The islands lie about 7 km north east of Frederikshavn in shallow water between Napstjert in the north and Bangsbo in the south. They were formed by blue clay and sand deposited on reefs formed in the Ice Age. The islands consist of Hirsholm and Græsholm with several islets and reefs.
Hirsholmene Church. The church dates from 1641. In the exterior there is no evidence that the building is a church. Only the old gravestones and the iron cross, tells what kind of house this is. The bell tower is not placed by the church, but at the middle of the island. Before this, the locals had to use the church i Elling on the mainland. Too many cases of children dying before babtism, and bodies waiting for up to five weeks before burial, resulted in a parish being established on the island. Nobleman Otto Skeel built the church. Nave and choir were built together without any visible separation. The ship is low-ceilinged with a solid beam ceiling.The sanctuary is believed to have remained unchanged since the church's construction.
I Præstebugten (priest bay) is a small sandy beach on the island Hirsholmene. With a little luck you can spot seals there. The post boat brings you to Hirsholmene. More information at Frederikshavn Tourist bureau +45 98423266. FYI: Cats and dogs are not allowed at Hirsholmene.
One of Denmark’s most interesting islands. Experience Denmark’s finest stone reefs islands, where the nature and the culture are unique. The small village community with the old houses and the small church is also an experience that is unique to Hirsholmene. In order to get to Hirsholmene, you will have to travel with ‘Seadog’. Seadog is placed at pier 5 and sails from the port of Frederikshavn. The trip is supported by the nature protection board. You can book your trip on their website or you can contact Frederikshavn Tourist Bureau. Sail time: 45 minutes. Maximum capacity of 12 people.