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About scuba diving in Norway

Norway is a country located in the western and northern parts of the Scandinavian Peninsula in northern Europe, bordered by the North Sea on the south and the Norwegian Sea on the west. The biggest airport in the country is Oslo Airport in Gardermoen, which serves many major international and pretty much all domestic airlines. The roads are very well kept, but Norway's craggy coastline makes roads and trains slow, so domestic flights are very popular. Norway is a ruggedly beautiful country of mountains, fjords and glaciers (Jostedals is the biggest in Europe). Need some information about diving in Norway? We can help. The scuba diving in Norway allows divers of all ability levels to explore truly spectacular scenery. The warm gulf stream ensures a rich biodiversity, and divers get to enjoy dive sites such as kelp forests, drop-offs, drift dives, excellent wreck dives, canyons and diving with seals and killer whales. Norwegian lobster, nudibranchs, anglerfish, catfish, ray, starfish, jellyfish, soldierfish also sea squirts, anemones and various types of urchin are commonly seen in this area. There are regions with world class diving located on the northern and western coasts of Norway, including Northern Norway, Trøndelag and Fjord Norway. Northern Norway offers such great diving destinations as Finnmark, Lofoten islands, Narvik, Sørlandet, Saltströmmen and Nærøy. Both in Narvik and Sørlandet there are lots of interesting wrecks from the WWII period, including English, German and Norwegian ships and even a fighter plane. Saltstraumen is one of the most spectacular drift dives on the planet with the world’s fastest tidal current. The waters around the Lofoten islands are home to an abundance of fish, including halibut, cod and wolfish as well as kelp forests, wreck dives and sheer walls, like Skarberget wall with plenty of overhangs and crevices. Other popular destinations include The Trondheimfjord (area with rare deep-sea life such as rabbitfish, sharks and a coral reef at 35m/114ft below sea level) located at Trøndelag; coast of Møre and Lake Lygnstøylsvatnet at Fjord Norway; Sogn og Fjordane, Gulen, Hordaland and Rogaland offer great kelp forests, an abundance of fish, canyon dives and a great number of wrecks (more than 100, including the Frankenwald in Gulen, which is 90% intact). The coastline of Southern Norway also has an interesting marine world, especially near Kristiansand. Water visibility stays about 10–20m/32-65ft.

When to go to Norway

Climate along the coast is temperate. The largest annual precipitation occurs in the area between the Hardanger fjord and Møre. The average water temperature stays around 2C/35F in the winter and 13–18C/55-64F in the summer. The average monthly air temperature during the summer stays around 7C/44F in the north and 16C/60F in the south. Best time for diving is between May and October.

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