The place name ’Tårs’ may derive from the ancient pagan Thor. This small port and its inhabitants have played an important role for several hundred years, as there has been a ferry service from Tårs to Langeland dating back to the Middle Ages. Many people can still remember Nakskov as the ferry town, but that was actually for a relatively few years in recent times.
Today Tårs is a small village with small houses along the road to the port. These were once mostly inhabited by fishermen, but today they are mainly the homes of people who appreciate the surrounding nature and proximity to the sea.
The old fishing port has in recent years changed to become an area with more recreational opportunities. The navigation channel into the port is dredged to 2.5 meters, so larger sailing ships can enter. A new pier has been built, and the port facilities have been improved.
There is also a nice beach, a beach volleyball court and a primitive camp site used by cycling or sailing visitors. Should the weather be inclement shelter is available in the club house.
A grassy marsh meadow at the end of the cove offers interesting salt marsh flora, and the house furtherest from the harbour is surrounded by a moat, derived from an old fort. At the end of the cove there are traces of a port from the beginning of the 1800s. There was a gunboat port here.
All around, especially north of Tårs, can be found many small ponds. Care of the countryside has led to the rare tree frog thriving here. The male treefrogs can be heard in quiet and warm evenings in May and June, when an impressive chorus of males who try to get the females to come closer can be heard. The green toad, in Denmark sometimes called ’the flute toad’ due to its call, can be heard on the coastal areas north of Tårs.
The forests, salt marshes and the historic sights combine to form an exciting landscape, with many opportunities for hiking.
By Tårs, north of Nakskov Fjord, special guided tours can be booked, where Otto Paludan can talk about the area in war and peacetime.
Frederiksdal lies approximatel 3 km north of Tårs. (Covered elsewhere).