Diving Norway

12 April 2024
For something different dive in Norway. The dive sites are quiet, there are many wrecks and some beautiful scenery. There are also the extreme dives of Saltströmmen and Sundstrømmen - experience the strongest tidal current in the world. There is some shore diving but the best dive sites are reached by boat.

Find a Norway Liveaboard

Including her islands, Norway has a massive coastline of 58,133 km. The water never gets very warm: it ranges from an average of 15 °C in August in the south down to 5 °C in March. You will need a drysuit.

In summer the sun never sets. In winter you might see the Northern Lights.

Lofoten, Norway
Lofoten, Norwat. TT Studio/DepositPhotos

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Norway Dive Sites


"Saltstraumen is home to one of the world's strongest tidal currents, where the water can move at speeds of up to 20 knots or about 10 meters per second!"
Kathryn Curzon

"It is the strongest tidal current in the world. Up to 400 million m3 (tonnes) of seawater forces its way through a 3 km long and 150 m wide strait every six hours, with water speeds reaching 22 knots (about 40 km/h)"
Frank Alvegg

"The worlds fiercest maelstrom. Best adrenalin kick ever. But beware - with the tide this is only for people with experience! Between the tide it's still a thrill. Diving in cold waters Norway, Iceland, etc is underated since fewer people do this - but it is extremely rewarding. "
Tommy Pedersen,

"One of The world's top ten National Geographic say, and I for one believe them. In terms of nature and extreme diving this is the place. "
Rolf-Arne Nicolaisen, Saltströmmen Dive Guide

Tide at Saltströmmen by Htoyryla, (CC BY 3.0)


"More extreme (than Saltströmmen), and in some parts more spectacular, in the terms of fauna and animal life "
Rolf-Arne Nicolaisen


Four hours drive north of Saltströmmen. There are over 30 wrecks here, sunk during the second world war.

"Wreck heaven. Plenty from second world war. "
Frank Alvegg

Lofoten Isles

During summer whales visit the Lofoten Isles, which are above the arctic circle.

"Immerse yourself in the Arctic waters of Reine, a picture-perfect fishing village in the Lofoten archipelago. This destination is stunning – think towering peaks and bright blue waters – and offers wreck diving and Arctic snorkelling in the midnight sun. Summer has the best conditions to explore Reine’s waters, with water temperatures ranging from 7°C to 12°C, though winter turns this destination into a snow-dusted wonderland."
Kathryn Curzon, 2024

DS Frankenwald

This German steamship ran aground in 1940. No lives were lost as the crew were rescued by a local fisherman. The ship lies between 24 and 40 meters, but the upright masts reach to within 5 m of the surface. As well as a very interesting wreck, you will see the captains's bath with large pollock swimming around.

Pollack. Tim Nicholson

"Descend into the depths of Sognefjord to discover one of the world's best wreck dives, the DS Frankenwald. This 122-meter-long German freighter sank in 1940 and is in remarkably good condition, with upright masts, steering gear, and easy access to the interior. Considered to be Norway’s most beautiful shipwreck, the DS Frankenwald has enough features to warrant multiple dives there."
Kathryn Curzon, 2024

Pluragrotta Cave

"If you're an experienced cave diver in search of a new adventure, delve into the heart of Norway’s subterranean world at Pluragrotta Caves. This 3-kilometer-long underwater cave system is the deepest cave in Northern Europe. It has spectacular marble formations created over millions of years and attracts cave divers from around the world."
Kathryn Curzon

Norway Diving Operators

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Norway liveaboard

Dive with leopard seals, penguins and even snorkel with orcas between October and February. The M/S Sula is an ex fishing boat which now specialises in liveaboard trips for divers. There are six crew members and a maximum of twelve guests.
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Gulen Dive Resort

Gulen Dive Resort
Tel: +47 57 78 40 20

"We welcome you to one of Norway's best diving resorts. Welcome to Norway at its best!"
Ørjan Sandnes, Gulen Dive Resort

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Photo credit: Gulen Dive Resort


Notveien 17
8013 Bodø
Tel: +47 75525293
E-mail: mail@bododykkesenter.no

Strømsholmen Sjøsportsenter A/S

N-6494 Vevang
Tel: (+47) 71 29 81 74
e-mail: post@stromsholmen.no

One Ocean

Dvergsnesv. 571
4639 Kristiansand
Tel: +47 91628525
E-mail: oneocean@oneocean.no

Lofoten Diving

8373 Ballstad
Skarsjyveien 67
phone: +47 40051852

Oslofjorden Dykkesenter

Vollen marina
Slemmestadveien 416
1390 Vollen
Tel: 678 01 212

Agder Dykkesenter

Vikaveien 29, 4817 His
Tel: 678 01 212

Nemo Classic Diving

Damsgårdsveien 113
Tel: +47 56 11 47 00

Saltstraumen i

Ripnesveien 48
8056 Saltstraumen
Tel: +47 922 60 560

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