All you need to know about diving in Norway

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Norway is a hidden gem when it comes to scuba diving. Known worldwide for its spectacular natural scenery, it’s not a surprise 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’ll find a wide variety of opportunities for diving.

This guide has you covered on everything diving related.

Introduction to diving in Norway

Norway is a leading nation in terms of territorial seas. The country’s coastline is one of the longest in the world, stretching 2650 km long, and the marine areas it manages are more than five times as large as the land. 

With a vast picturesque view of the rich marine life, intriguing diving terrain, and noteworthy wrecks, Norway offers an immersive experience within its waters.

So, it’s a destination worth considering going scuba diving.

What is in store for the different diving seasons in Norway?

The climate of Norway’s coast is temperate. Norway experiences warm summers with average water temperatures of 13 – 18 °C (55-64 F) and freezing winters of 2°C (35 F) making diving more challenging. Despite the influence of the Gulf stream, the chilly waters still require the use of a dry suit. 

The gulf stream provides rich biodiversity with around 90 different species. You may find variation in sea creatures within the different seasons. 

Killer whales during winter. Photo: Talia Cohen / Unsplash

Winter (October to February) brings with it creatures like dogfish. If you hope to catch the killer whales then the best time for that would be between November and January. 

In Summer (May to August), you may find noteworthy creatures like arctic salmon, seals, Norwegian lobsters, and anemones.

What are the best diving sites in Norway?

While the waters may be cold, they’re also crystal clear making for a more enjoyable underwater experience. You can see a plethora of underwater creatures and terrain!

Norway offers a wide range of activities from wall dives to wrecks, all provided at different diving levels. 

The regions with the best diving sites, located in the northern and western coasts of Norway, are Northern Norway, Trøndelag, and Fjord Norway.

Below are some of the most popular diving sites:

Saltstraumen, Northern Norway

A diver’s paradise north of the Arctic Circle, Saltstraumen has one of the most spectacular drift dives. It has the world’s strongest tidal current which can reach up to 26 knots. 

This spot is known for its rich marine life. Fishes like cod, coalfish, shellfish, starfish, sea squirts, and moss animals color your experience underwater. To add to the rich biodiversity, there are two coral reefs with stony corals.

Saltstraumen is definitely the place to go if you’re looking for an HD experience of Norway’s diverse marine life. You can even combine the diving experience with fishing and rib riding in the maelstrom. 

If you want even more out of the experience then you can also hire an instructor provided by Saltstraumens’ Divers Camp. 

Gulen, Sogn & Fjordane

Situated in the north of Bergen, Gulen features wreck diving, walls, kelp forests, and marine 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 is decorated with anemones.

Another popular dive is the house reef. It is famous for housing marine life unique to the north region and hosting an annual nudibranch safari.

If you are interested in capturing the magical essence of marine life and intriguing wrecks then this spot is one worthy of consideration.

Trondheimsfjorden provides a magical diving experience. Photo: Arnaud Schildkneckt / Unsplash

Trondheimsfjorden, Trøndelag

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 rabbitfish, sharks, and a coral reef. 

This site also houses several plane wrecks from World War II.

Share your diving experiences with us by writing to us! 

Or share your top diving photos with the hashtag #norwaytodaytravel on Instagram for a chance to be featured!

Source: Norway Today

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