Diving Overview for Sweden
Sweden is perhaps best known for Ikea, meatballs, Vikings and not forgetting, the one and only Abba! Sweden is a hidden gem for diving offering some fantastic reefs and wrecks that are well worth exploring!
Situated in Northern Europe, Sweden lies west of the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Bothnia, providing a long coastline, and forms the eastern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. Sweden enjoys a mostly temperate climate despite its northern latitude, mainly because of the Gulf Stream.
Swedish waters offer a range of diving opportunities, from wreck exploration and naturalist dives to the more extreme ice, quarry and cave diving. Great nature diving is found along the west coast of Sweden, while some of the best wreck diving is found in the waters surrounding the island of Öland.
Sweden offers amazing wrecks in near mint condition - there are an estimated 40,000 known sunken ships, most of which are well preserved due to the lack of wood-eating organisms that thrive in saltier waters. An unusual but popular attraction are the Flooded Mines as well as the many underwater caves around the coast.
The visibility can vary dramatically in Sweden depending on the type of diving you are doing. When diving under frozen lakes and quarries there is reduced water movement causing the light to intensify slightly. The average visibility can be anywhere from 2 to 20 metres, however the water temperatures are normally below 15 degrees.
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