A well-prepared diver, who has been in tropical seas many times, starts to search for new sensations. For completing the picture, you need several visits to the northern seas. They have different underwater, other nature making these specific dives very entertaining.
The sea waters and washing Norway cover many thousand kilometers, and the Gulf Stream’s warm current keeps them unfrozen. By diving in Norway, a diver can find various flora and fauna in the warm water of the northern seas, sea-crafts, fuselage planes, and other wreck diving objects.
Lofoten Islands and Spitsbergen
Norway may become a magnificent starting point for exciting adventures under the water. Places for diving include northern islands Lofoten and archipelago Spitsbergen, with relatively deep coastal lines. At these coasts, depth can reach more than 100 meters (328 feet). In autumn, especially during the herring spawning time, whales come to this area.
The visibility depends on the depth and the season. It fluctuates from 10 to 30 meters (33 to 100 feet). The water temperature reaches +15°C (59°F), +16°C (61°F) at most, depending on the season.
Thanks to Gulf Stream, the underwater life in fjords and islets is very rich. Here you’ll see big herds of pollacks and codfishes. At the bottom, you’ll witness sea lines and catfish. Crabs hide in the thickets of seaweed and lobsters in the stone taluses. Bed combs densely lie on the sandy bottoms. After diving into these areas, you may have a royal dinner from sea gifts. After all, underwater hunting in Norway is not forbidden.
The underwater reeves, and sometimes even severe weather, became the reason for some shipwrecks. Thirty years ago in the sea, a gold treasure was found on Norway’s western coast. With a cargo of gold coins on board, the Dutch vessel was wrecked almost 300 years ago at the coast of Norway. Till now, diver-amateurs search for the Spanish armada vessels, which have disappeared at coasts of Norway in 1588.
Dramatic shipwrecks also occurred during the Norway occupation of WWII. The combination of fascinating dives into the shipwrecks and surprising military history leaves an intense and unforgettable impression.
Gulen, Stavanger and Saltstraumen
Both Gulen and Stavanger in the west of Norway have a considerable quantity of cast-away courts at the sea’s bottom. Together with the delicate nature, and Saltstraumen in Northern Norway, with the most powerful in the world whirlpool, can become a magnificent starting point for a fascinating holiday under the water.
Diving in the strongest whirlpool in the world can seem too extreme and a dangerous occupation for some people, but when the activity is under the direction of skilled guides and according to the table of inflows and outflows, Saltstraumen can appear quiet and silent.
Saltstraumen is considered to be a paradise for divers all over the world. Combining current, effective stony formations and sea animals creates excellent conditions for fascinating pastime. The people, who are eager to have a bunch of adventures, can dive in the pure waters of Saltstraumen, admire the incredible flora and fauna, and “dance” with a striped catfish, which is the most terrible and dear inhabitant of Saltstraumen waters.
In addition to the variety of fish here, it is also possible to find some remains of the shipwrecks. Onboard of one of these crafts, 3000 tones of copper still exist. However, the ship is still inaccessible to humans.
Diving Rules in Norway
For diving in Norway, it is necessary to observe the strict rules established by the country’s legislation. Diving in the areas of military bases, fishing zones, and habitats are forbidden.
Not all divers are allowed to dive in Norway. The diver should necessarily be certificated to be allowed to dive. There are two different types of scuba certifications, PADI and NAUI. Take this into consideration before getting ready for your Norway dive.
The divers should expose a Norwegian three-colored flag over water, which will mean the presence of divers under the water so that the passing boats could be guided.
There is an interdiction on illegal crab and fish hunting. In case of an illegal hunt, the police will confiscate the hunt and the equipment. Instead of hunting illegally, you can get permission and pursue legally in limited quantities.
Using an underwater weapon is strictly forbidden.
Watch but never touch!
Watch but never touch! This is the strict rule of diving in Norway.
While plunging on the sunk objects, it is strictly forbidden to lift any parts from the surface or harm any item. Remember that all the underwater objects are of historical value and are under state protection. So while diving in the Norway waters, remember, “Watch but do not touch!”
In case of detecting an unrevealed underwater object, it is necessary to inform the nearest police station or the diving center about the find.
If you have already had some exciting dives in the tropical waters, you now probably need some new adventures. You can realize all your diving dreams in the underwater world of Norway.