Wreck and Nature diving in Norway
We are delighted to offer this diving trip to Norway in co-operation with Ben Thomas and Portland Oceaneering. Narvik and Lofoten offer some of the best wreck diving available in Norway, together with some of the most picturesque scenery in the country.
Between the dives you will get the opportunity to experience some of the local culture and cuisine. We have also been invited to Lofoten Aquarium where a special speech about Killer Whales will be held.
In Narvik we will be accommodated onboard the purpose built diving boat MS Galten, whilst for the second half of the trip we will stay in traditional fishermen huts, similar to those the locals in Lofoten have used for hundreds of years.
Weserübung - The Invasion of Norway in 1940
The all year ice free harbour in Narvik has been the main shipping route for Swedish iron-ore since the early 1900's.
Prior to WW2, more than 40% of Germany's total import of iron-ore came from Narvik, and the city became strategically important to keep the German war industry going.
In March 1940 Hitler signed the directive to carrying out operation Weserübung, leading to the attack on Norway 9th April 1940 and one of the biggest naval battles during WW2. Half the German fleet of destroyers were sunk, together with severe losses of larger battle ships, support vessels, submarines and airplanes on both the German and the Allied side (led by the Royal Navy).
Narvik - The wreck diving capital of Norway
The remains of these battles are today popular diving sites amongst wreck loving scuba divers. Several of the wrecks are still in good condition, and all with a diving depth of 10-28 metres. A lot of details and artefacts like boots and ammunition can still be found.
Three of the German destroyers have been moved just outside of Narvik regional airport. Laying side by side, experienced divers with enough air can dive all three of them in just one dive - without the need of decompression stops!
During our stay in Narvik we will aim to dive the following wrecks: Romanby, Straassa, Neuenfels, Martha Hendrik Fisser, Anton Schmitt, Diether von Roeder and Wilhelm Heidkamp
The dive centre - MS Galten
The 24 metre purpose built diving boat will be our floating dive centre during the whole trip. MS Galten can accommodate 14 divers in 4 cabins, and has a large heated indoor changing area. Both Nitrox and Trimix can be provided, and if you get cold after a long day of diving you can relax in the new sauna.
The owner, Henrik Svedin, has run his operation in this area since 1996 with more than 800 logged dives on the wrecks in Narvik.
Diving in Lofoten - Operation Claymore
The coastal currents are constantly pumping fresh ocean water from the Atlantic in between the islands, creating a very special marine life. We will dive walls covered in soft corals, drop-offs, deep crevasses and canyons surrounded by kelp forests.
In Raftsundet you can experience a 1.5 km drift dive, and the whole area is home to numerous species of fish, including anglerfish and catfish.
The rough seas have left a large number of wrecks in the area, but Lofoten was also affected by WW2 and British destroyers sunk several ships during Operation Claymore in March 1941. Mira and Hamburg are the most famous wrecks from this raid.
The largest cod fishing in the World
For more than 1,000 years cod fishing has been an important source of food and income for the population in Lofoten. For centuries, up to 80% of the total Norwegian export was fish products from this area.
In the 1890's over 30,000 fishermen participated in the annual fishing season from January to April. Modern boats and techniques have taken over, but the event still remains the largest cod fishing haul in the World.
Stockfish (dried fish) from Lofoten is exported to a lot of countries, and we will taste some of the traditional Norwegian fish dishes during the trip.
Henningsvaer - The Venice of Lofoten
Although Henningsvaer only has 540 permanent citizens, it is one of the largest fishing villages in Lofoten. The village is situated on a collection of small islands that have maintained the traditional architecture, due to being isolated from the main land until recently.
On our non-diving day we will pay this beautiful place a visit and eat dinner at Henningsvaer Bryggehotell, located at the village pier.
Nyvaagar Rorbuhotell is situated in Storvaagan, an ancient Viking site in the heart of Lofoten which was once an important trading centre.
To bring back the true feeling of the old fishing village, the fishermen huts have been built according to the traditional architecture. These huts, known as Rorbu, will be our accommodation during our stay in Lofoten.
In walking distance are the Lofoten Museum, the Espolin Gallery and the Lofoten Aquarium which will give us a perfect opportunity to learn more about this area.