Hanstholm - Gateway to Faroes & Iceland Jun 21, 2008
Hanstholm is a former island Hanstholm (short form of the original name Hansted Holm) has many placenames, including Hansted, Nørby, Gårddal, Ræhr, Hamborg, Bjerre, Febbersted, Krog, Nytorp and Vigsø.
In the end of the 20th century, Denmark's largest harbor was built in Hansted, and a 10-fold bigger harbor town was needed. A new town was planned, covering the places Hansted, Gårddal and Nørby, and the new town was officially named Hanstholm.
This has led to quite some confusion, because the people from the towns Ræhr and Vigsø live on Hanstholm, the former island, they live in Hanstholm postal district, they live in Hanstholm municipality, but they don't live in Hanstholm town.
However, since all the parts of this new harbor town belongs to Hansted parish, and because Hansted has been the harbor town for so many centuries, many people refer to this town simply as Hansted instead of Hanstholm.
Hansted means "The place of Han". This suffix is often used with town names in Denmark.
The port is the gateway to the Faroes and Iceland and a base for the Smyrilline ferry company.
The town does not have too many attractions - there is a small supermarket and good for topping up on food and money.
The lighthouse is a nice walk and worthwhile for fotos.
Part of the Nordic Expedition 2008 - Part 1 - Faroes Islands travel blog
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