History

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Fjord&Bælt is a combination of a tourist attraction and research institute situated at the entrance to Kerteminde Fjord.

The aim of Fjord&Bælt is to impart knowledge about life in the internal waters of Denmark through research, exhibits, educational services and activities.

Our main attraction is our two porpoises, as Fjord&Bælt is one of the few venues in the world where these small whales can be observed up close. The porpoises are a natural component of Fjord&Bælt’s information services but are also studied by researchers from all over the world, who carry out behavioural studies, etc., over prolonged periods of time.

In 2006, Fjord&Bælt partnered with the University of Southern Denmark to found “Dansk Forskningscenter for Havpattedyr” (Danish Research Centre for Marine Mammals). The purpose of the research centre is to become a model for the development of a modern, independent research institute with a high level of quality and ambition.

In addition to porpoises, Fjord&Bælt features three common seals, fish and a host of other animals which are included in the information provided about animals, their habitats and living conditions in the waters of Denmark. The information provided focuses on experiencing nature up close and disclosing the story of wildlife, the environment and nature conservation.

We aim to titillate the senses of our visitors through activities designed to encourage understanding and the wish to take better care of the natural environment, while having memorable experiences and learning more in the process. Fjord&Bælt aims to provide the keys to “unlock” the natural world by giving visitors access to an environment and animals that are generally unfamiliar to them. Since the opening of Fjord&Bælt in March 1997, the centre has continuously renewed its exhibitions to remain the leader in the area of providing information about the marine environment. This occurred most recently at the opening of the 2013 season, after a thorough renewal of the centre.

In 2013, Fjord&Bælt also entered a natural partnership with Naturama in Svendborg, as both attractions impart fantastic stories about the world of animals. Their first major collaboration was the special exhibition “Oceans of Sound”. The theme at both venues was SOUND. The exhibition at Fjord&Bælt in Kerteminde dealt with marine animals and how they communicate, whereas Naturama focused on the world of sound as experienced by humans and animals.

Fjord&Bælt is authorised by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration as a zoological facility with no. DK-7-0001008.

HRH Prince Joachim is the patron of Fjord&Bælt.