Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Norway

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Norway

Scuba diving information in Norway

Norway is famous for its Vikings and amazing coastline separated by some absolutely stunning Fjords and mountain scenery. Diving opportunities in Norway range from sheer walls to vast wrecks, as well as drift diving and night diving. The diving conditions can be extreme at times due to the low temperatures. However this provides amazing opportunities to see cold water creatures and rarer animals such as killer whales. Scuba diving in Norway can provide divers with the opportunity to swim through giant kelp forests, see spider crabs, squirrelfish, cod, colorful nudibranch, clams, starfish, anemones, jellyfish, dogfish, starry and thornback rays and sometimes even the occasional harbor porpoise. There is the chance to spot and photograph interesting varieties such as the wolf-fish. Fish tend to be evident more in quantity than in variety, but do reach enormous sizes. In the open fjords killer whales and huge shoals of herring can be seen amongst some of the world's most spectacular scenery. The killer whale safari season is from the beginning of October to mid-December. The best places to scuba dive in Norway are Ryfylke, Lysefjord, Saltstraumen, Gulen, The Lofoten Islands, Narvik, Sørlandet, Nærøy, Lake Lygnstøylsvatnet, The Trondheimfjord, Finnmark and Møre. Arctic diving is from the beginning of May to September. The underwater visibility in Norway ranges from 8 to 12 meters, due to poor light conditions above the sea and a small amount of plankton bloom. Average water temperatures range from 4°C in December to 10°C in August. A liveaboard is the ideal way to dive the fjords because it enables divers to cover a wider area than regular boats and pick the best sites, although there are also dive centers at Bergen, Gulen, Måløy, Ålesund and Stavanger.

Geography and climate

Norway is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by Finland, the Russian Federation and Sweden, to the south by the Skagerrak and to the west by the North Sea. The coastline is over 25,000km long, its most outstanding feature being the numerous fjords. Norway experiences extreme cold in the winter, particularly in sub polar regions, and gentle heat in the summer, with temperatures hitting around 30°C in the south. The lowlands of the south and the inland mountains generally experience colder winters than the coastal areas, which enjoy a moderate climate thanks to the tempering effects of the Gulf Stream. Rainfall is sporadic throughout the year with frequent inland snowfalls during the winter. Northern parts inside the Arctic Circle have continuous daylight in midsummer and twilight all day during winter. The best time to visit is between mid May and mid August.

Entry requirements

A passport is required to enter Norway unless for countries from Schengen area. No visa is required for citizens of Australia, Great Britain, Canada, United States of America and other countries of Europe. For more informations, please contact the Norwegian Embassy in your home country.

Health and safety

It is recommended that all travellers be inoculated for measles, mumps, diphtheria, rubella, tetanus and polio regardless of the destination. Vaccination for tick-borne encephalitis is sometimes recommended for travelers to Norway. For more informations, please consult your doctor before traveling.

Time zone

UTC +1

Communications

It’s often easier to use a prepaid phone card to make calls. If you have a laptop with you, Skype is the cheapest way to make international calls, and it can also be found at the occasional internet cafe. Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. There are many internet cafés throughout Norway and you can also access the Internet via public libraries.

Power and Electricity

230V/50Hz (European plug)

Scuba Diving locations in Norway

Which are the best scuba diving locations in Norway? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Norway, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.

Scuba diving locations and photos from each location in Norway

Which locations in Norway have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Norway and for each location a list of underwater photos.

Marine Species and photos of each species in Norway

Which marine species can I observe in Norway? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.

Underwater Photographers and photos from each photographer with photos taken in Norway

Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Norway? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Norway.

Scuba Diving centers in Norway

Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Norway? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Norway. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.

There are no diving centers available

Liveaboards in Norway

Which liveaboard can I dive with in Norway? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Norway. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.

There are no liveaboard available

Accommodation in Norway

Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Norway? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Norway. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.

There are no accommodation available