Norway is a hidden gem when it comes to diving. Known all over the world for its spectacular nature, it is not surprising that diving is also considered an interesting attraction for tourists in Norway.
Join the scenic adventure under the deep blue waters of the Norwegian Sea, where you will find a wide range of opportunities for diving.
This guide got you covered in everything diving related.
Introduction to diving in Norway
Norway is a leading nation when it comes to territorial seas. The country’s coastline is one of the longest in the world, stretching 2650 km long, and the sea areas it manages are more than five times as large as the country.
With a wonderful picturesque view of the rich marine life, exciting diving terrain and remarkable wrecks, Norway offers an immersive experience in the waters.
So it is a destination worth considering to go scuba diving.
What awaits the different diving seasons in Norway?
The climate on Norway’s coast is temperate. Norway experiences hot summers with average water temperatures of 13 – 18 ° C (55-64 F) and freezing winters of 2 ° C (35 F) which make diving more challenging. Despite the influence of the Gulf stream, the cold water still requires the use of a dry suit.
The Gulf Stream provides rich biodiversity with around 90 different species. You can find variety in sea creatures in the different seasons.
The winter (October to February) brings with it creatures like dogfish. If you are hoping to catch killer whales, the best time for that will be between November and January.
In the summer (May to August) you can find remarkable creatures such as Arctic salmon, seals, Norwegian lobster and anemones.
What are the best dive sites in Norway?
While the water can be cold, they are also crystal clear, giving a more enjoyable underwater experience. You can see a lot of underwater creatures and terrain!
Norway offers a wide range of activities from wall diving to wrecks, all at different diving levels.
The regions with the best dive sites, located on the north and west coasts of Norway, are Northern Norway, Trøndelag and Fjord Norway.
Below are some of the most popular dive sites:
Saltstraumen, Northern Norway
Saltstraumen is a diving paradise north of the Arctic Circle, and has one of the most spectacular drift dives. It has the world’s strongest tidal current that can reach up to 26 knots.
This place is known for its rich marine life. Fish such as cod, coal fish, shellfish, starfish, sea squirts and mosses color your experience underwater. To add to the rich biodiversity, there are two coral reefs with rocky corals.
Saltstraumen is definitely the place to go if you are looking for an HD experience of Norway’s diverse marine life. You can even combine the diving experience with fishing and rib driving in the maelstrom.
If you want even more out of the experience, you can also hire an instructor provided by Saltstraumens’ Divers Camp.
Gulen, Sogn & Fjordane
Gulen is located north of Bergen, and has wreck diving, walls, kelp forest and sea life.
Of the many shipwrecks along this coastline, Frankenwald has gained the most traction among tourists. This German ship from World War II sank in 1940. It now rests here well preserved with 90% of the ship still intact and decorated with anemones.
Another popular dive is the house rake. It is known for hosting the marine life that is unique to the northern region, and hosting an annual nude safari.
If you are interested in capturing the magical essence of marine life and exciting wrecks, this place is worth considering.
Trondheimsfjorden is the third longest fjord in Norway, stretching 130 km. Many tourists from all over the world travel to this place because of its unique deep sea life.
Located 35 meters below sea level, you can find species such as rabbit fish, sharks and a coral reef.
This site also houses several wrecks from World War II.
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Source: Norway Today