For viz this has to be the place – Norway – just don’t expect the adoring fan club welcoming you out of the water to be wearing their itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow poker dot bikinis for the best time to dive in Norway is in the winter months and with part of the country extending north of the Arctic Circle it’s more than a wee bitty cold.
Dry suits are highly recommended although a semi-dry suit may suffice in summer – but lets face it who wants to be uncomfortable when doing something they are hoping to enjoy, and if you are cold you ain’t going to enjoy it.
Coastal currents run continually around the islands and fjords of Norway, pumping the nutrient-rich, deep Atlantic Ocean waters in among the maze of islands, creating the foundation for an intriguing marine world where rich forests of kelp give way to reefs covered in bright orange corals.There is every kind of dive to be found in Norway but due to the temperatures and depths some experience is required. Check with your dive operators to make sure your are appropriately qualified.
There is some fantastic wall diving, wreck diving in abundance, night diving, drifting/current diving and kelp forest diving. And if you go up to the Lofoten Isles in the winter there is a chance of diving with killer whales – seriously hard core!
We visited visitnorway.com who gave this useful list of where to go if you are planning a trip to Norway. But first here is a map to give you tour bearings.
Norways main diving areas
Saltstraumen – the world’s strongest maelstrom and an abundance of marine life – experience essential – in the National Geographic’s top ten
Gulen – great wreck diving with the most famous being the Frankenwald
Southern Norway – Sorlandet – MV Seattle lies just off Kristiansand and is one of the best wreck dives in this area. It has many World War II wrecks to dive
Naeroy – walls and kelp forests to amaze you
Lofoten – north of the Arctic Circle, incredible viz, amazing marine life, kelp forests – one for the memory banks
Lake Lygnstoylsvatnet – mmmm, difficult to pronounce, difficult to spell – inland dive in a flooded valley where lies a village submerged in 1908 after a landslide
Trondheimfjord – WWII wrecks and a very rich marine life
Narvik – Norway’s wreck diving capital with many wrecks from World War II
Finnmark – great place to catch a king crab for your supper
More – canyon dives, wreck dives and an abundance of fish, great drift dive.
The great visibility can be seen in the videos – the first at Hitra from wwwturutno
and the second is of Narvik from helitroxdiver3