From incredible shipwrecks to a rich biodiversity. Diving into the deep waters of Norway is on the bucket list for many divers.
Norwegian fjords may be a bit colder than a few of the world’s top spots for diving, but those seeking a different kind of challenge will find unique experiences here.
At least according to Deeperblue.com, the world’s largest online community for diving.
After exploring the Northern waters, writer Jennifer Palmer deeply recommends diving in Norway. She points out that there are a variety of adventures and opportunities for all levels of divers.
The top six places to dive in Norway according to her are:
Home to one of the the world’s strongest tidal currents, Saltstraumen outside of Bodø is also one of the most famous places to dive in Norway. Dive in to see wolf fish, beautifully coloured anemones, large kelp forests, not to mention nudibranchs.
Deeperblue.com recommends Saltstraumen if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, but with an instructor, you don’t have to do an extreme dive.
There are numerous opportunities in Gulen in Sogn and Fjordane, but what left the biggest impression on the writer form Deeperblue was the dive to DS Frankenwald, the German steamship that sank in the Sognefjord in January 1940.
The wreck is still intact and has previously been entitled Norway’s most stunning wreck.
Another shipwreck recommended in the article is MS Seattle, which is easily accessible in the Korsvik fjord outside of Kristiansand. This was originally a German cargo ship, which was sunk during the liberation in 1945.
Today, the ship rests at a depth between 20 and 70 metres.
However, there have been several deaths due to diving in and around the wreck. Today, you are strongly adviced not to penetrate or enter the ship without proper training and experience.
The battles of Narvik from April to June 1940 was a dramatic chapter in the Norwegian warfare history, and you can barely find any harbour with more wrecks than Narvik.
We’re talking warships, cargo ships and even a seaplane.
Deeperblue highly recommends the german seaplane Dornier, localised at 35 metres below the surface. The plane is still in good condition (especially the cockpit, which still has controls and instruments intact), and can be found only 30 metres from shore.
If you’re more a naturist than a wreckage enthusiast, Hottane is the perfect spot for you.
Sandy bottoms, rocky shores and vertical drops descending to approximately 30 meters, provides diversity on many levels, according to Deeperblue.
One of the best wall dives in all of Northern Norway, the impressive Skarberget is especially recommended as a night dive.
Here, you can see sea urchins and starfish, while the massive concentration of herring makes the fjord a giant plate of food for the orcas – hence the chances of spotting the whales are good.
The serene, mysterious world of underwater Norway awaits. If you’re in the right place, killer whales might keep you company.
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