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Diving in Kristiansand

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When to go to Kristiansand

Climate is temperate in Norway. Summers are usually warm and winters are cool with snow precipitations. The coolest air temperatures are of -5-4C/23-39F from December to February. Water averages are 3-6C/37-42F and there is a big concentration of whales in the area during this period. Summer months are characterized by air and water temperatures of 15-18C/59-64F. Visibility is good – around 20m/65ft. 

 

What to see
Such underwater creatures as nudibranchs, catfish, angelfish, lobsters, groupers, snappers and whales may be watched while diving in Kristiansand.

 

Most popular dive sites

There are plenty of dive sites to be explored in Kristiansand. The most popular spots are Busteinsundet, which is perfect for night diving, Friomrade and Ferder Fyr. Wreck diving is possible at Dornier, Frankenwald, M-426 and MV Seattle.

Scuba diving in Kristiansand

Kristiansand is the cultural and business center of Southern Norway and lots of Norwegians used to choose this place to spend a vacation. But nowadays the city is rapidly growing and attracting more and more tourists from all over the world due to its location on the seashores and numerous attractions. Travelers should definitely visit Kristiansand Dyrepark, which includes the zoo and the amusement park. The other peculiarities are Posebyen – the remains of Kristiansand’s old town, Cannon Museum, Sorlandet’s Art Museum and the Cathedral in the Neo-Gothic style. The amazing coasts with striking landscapes create a lot of opportunities for different activities. Except of banal sun-bathing and swimming, one can try sailing, fishing, kayaking and diving. Divers pick this place among the others more and more these days. Scuba diving in Kristianland is a unique experience, as divers can try wrecking diving, drift diving, canyon diving, whale watching and, of course, observing the abundance of marine life. The diversity of crevices, canyons, drop-offs, rock formations, overhangs, gradual walls and channels make diving around Kristiansand more exciting and interesting. However, divers should be aware of strong currents – up to 2 knots in some areas. Usual depth is around 20-30m/65-98ft, but some spots reach even 60m/196ft. Dive spots are accessible either from shore or by boat.