Diving Overview for 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, overhangs and dramatic rock formations to vast wrecks and lots of night diving. The diving conditions can be extreme at times due to the low temperatures however this trade-off in temperature provides amazing opportunities for 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, expect to see edible and spider crabs, squirrelfish, cod and similar fish, colourful nudibranch, clams and muscles, starfish, anemones and jellyfish. 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. Between December and January there is barely any light and most of the tourist industry shuts down. The water temperatures are still very cold until May, when diving recommences. Arctic diving is from the beginning of May to September.
The visibility for diving in Norway ranges from 8 to 12 metres due to poor light conditions above the sea and a small amount of plankton bloom. The best visibility is during March. However, there are no whales at this time of year and the water temperature is close to its coldest. Average water temperatures range from 4 degrees in December to 10 degrees in August.
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