A country of incredible natural beauty, diving in Norway is something to add to your list of things to do here on your vacation. Norway diving offers a wide variety of diving options that include thrilling drift dives, wrecks and diving with killer whales. Water temperatures are cool and vary between 15 degrees in summer in some areas, to freezing in winter. A dry suit is recommended.
Diving in Norway doesn’t get much better and varied than in Møre. The warm gulf stream here ensures a rich biodiversity, and divers get to enjoy dive sites such as kelp forests, drop-offs, drift dives, canyons and diving with seals and killer whales. Kristiansund is the main town in the Møre area to fly to.
The Lofoten islands are known for their tremendous natural beauty. Even underwater the natural marvels continue. The crystal clear water around the Lofoten islands is home to an abundance of fish life, kelp forests, and exciting wreck dives. The islands are also popular for whale watching and special dive trips are organized in killer whale season in January and February. Around this time, the largest gathering of killer whales in the world takes place in the North West of Norway due to the high density of herrings. Bodø airport offers several daily flights to different airports in the Lofoten islands like Leknes airport.
Diving the Saltstraumen, the world’s strongest tidal currents, is easily one of the most spectacular drift dives on the planet. Besides the thrill of diving these currents, the oxygen rich fresh water is home to a wide range of fish, plants and creatures. The Saltstraumen are easy to reach by car, train, bus, boat or plane, situated only 30km from the town of Bodø.
There is some excellent wreck diving in Norway. Both Narvik and Sørlandet offer the opportunity to dive some interesting wrecks from the Second World War, including English, German and Norwegian ships, and even a fighter plane. There is a good train connection to Narvik from Stockholm, and Kristiansand in Sørlandet has excellent connections to all mayor Scandinavian airports, as well as connections by train and bus.
Dive site Hottane in the Møre area is a nice diverse site that combines kelp forest with rocky shores and sandy bottom. The site offers some vertical drop offs and more gradual areas to a depth of approximately 30 meters. Divers may encounter Norwegian lobster, nudibranchs, anglerfish and catfish.
Diving in Lofoten Islands offer several options to dive walls and Skarberget wall is one of them. This steep wall with plenty of overhangs and crevices to explore feels more like a mountain than a reef. Crustaceans are a common sight as well as starfish and sea urchins, making this an excellent and lively night dive.
Easily one of Europe’s most exciting dives is a drift dive in the Saltstraumen, with the world’s fastest tidal current. The water rushing in to (and out of) the Skjerstad Fjord reaches up to 22 knots or 40 km per hour when passing through the 150 meter wide channel. The scenery is quite beautiful and the fresh water here is home to a great variety of marine life.
The MV Seattle is a German cargo ship that sunk in 1945. Norway’s most famous wreck dive, the 140 meter long ship is well preserved and can be penetrated by appropriately trained divers. Since the wreck is located at a depth of between 20 and 60 meters, it is suitable for experienced divers only.
Another worthwhile wreck that can easily be dived from Kristiansand is the Donier 24, a German fighter plane from the 2nd world war. The nose and right wing are intact, other parts of the wreck have broken off, but the cockpit still has all the controls and instruments, and makes for an interesting dive. The plane wreck can be dived as a shore dive and is located at 50 meters from the beach at Topdalenfjord.
Dive center Strømsholmen in the Norwegian area of Møre offers a plethora of dive opportunities. Situated in one of the richest part of Norway, in terms of marine biodiversity, Strømsholmen can arrange dives to some of the best dive sites in Norway, including kelp forests, drift dives, canyons and seasonal diving with killer whales.
Lofoten Diving is a Ballstad-based adventure operator that offers diving as well as fishing and other activities around the Lofoten Islands. They strive to individually suit dive programs to the diver’s capabilities and visit dive sites accessible for all levels. Besides excellent facilities, Lofoten Diving also offers accommodation in their packages for a complete dive holiday in one of Norway’s most beautiful areas.
Saltstraumen Dykkesenter is situated in Fiskecampen, right in the middle of the Saltstraumen area, where they organize some of the world’s most thrilling drift dives with great emphasis on safety. Their base offers equipment rental, dressing rooms, and saunas to make your day of diving comfortable. There is affordable accommodation on site, a pub, and hot tubs with stunning views to end your day.
Narvik Dive & Adventure is a licensed dive operator that dives the World War 2 wrecks around Narvik. Their solid boat, build by the Swedish army, can take up to 12 divers on their weeklong wreck diving trips. The ship has plenty of amenities for comfort, including a sauna to get warm at the end of the day.
One Ocean is a dive center situated in Kristiansand, as close as it gets to Norway's most famous wreck dive, MV Seattle. Within ten minutes, boat rides are located and several other good wrecks that include an airplane, minesweepers and freighters. At the center’s doorstep, some shore diving gives easy access to explore Norway’s underwater beauty.
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