Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Nordland
Ready to check out the best sites in Nordland for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 10 dive sites, snorkel spots, beaches, and more. Discover hand-curated maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. No matter what you're looking for, you can find a diverse range of the best ocean activities in Nordland to suit your needs.
#1 - Saltstraumen
A narrow strait that separates a large fjord from the Atlantic ocean. This has created on of the most exiting and challenging dive sites in the world. It is the lunar tide that makes one of the strongest tidal currents in the world. Four times a day enormous amounts of water is being forced thru a 150 meter, 3 kilometre and 30 meter deep sound. At the peak of the current the rushing water creates huge swirls (10-15 meter wide) in the shallower part of the sound. The underwater world is absolute breathtaking. Massive walls dropping down to 90 metres are completely covered with all kinds of marine life. Sea anemones are clustered around as huge flowerbeds, competing to show the strongest colours. Several large Wolffish are resting on shelves on the wall after their lunch.
#2 - George Thiele
German Shipwreck George Thiele. WW2 George Thiele is also known as George Thiele.
#3 - Mørkvedbukta
Dive either along the breakwater or westwards along the cliffs. Bottom sloping gently, with rocks and sand patches.
#4 - MS Hadsel
Fantastic wreck from 1958 which lies with a 50 degree tilt on white sand bottom. Top of wreck at 37m and bottom at 46m. Although it has gotten beatings from the weather even at this depth, it is still fairly intact. Great marine-life as well. Soft corals and also big fish.
#5 - Nusfjord
Vertical wall. It is literally covered with thousands of anemones. Don't forget to look out into the blue for fish as well.
#6 - Akkarvika
Easy dive, nice kelp forest Short boat ride from Reine, Lofoten. A favourite spot for the Aqua Lofoten team.
#7 - Gallic Stream
British cargo ship: weight (tons): 1594 grt Dimensions: 79.9 x 13.7 x 6.4 m which went down in 1975. The wreck is in three parts and requires fair weather for diving. Approx. position: 68° 11' 4" N, 15° 37' 56" E
#8 - Raftsundet
The marine life is excellent, although it's the drift in the strong tidal current which is the main thrill. Dive only from a boat following the divers, which at least the pair should have a buoy to the surface during the entire dive. There is a lot of traffic here, even by large ships.
#9 - MS Hamburg Wreck
The German steamship Hamburg went down during the Allied attack against the Lofoten in March 4, 1941, called Operation Claymore. Several installations and buildings were destroyed around the Lofoten islands under this combined attack by the British and a small group of Norwegian soldiers. It is estimated that nine ships were sunk. The MS Hamburg anchored in the port of Svolvaer, when a group of Allied soldiers attack the ship with heavy weapons. After several grenades exploding on the deck the German crew began to abandon the damaged ship. Two men of the German crew opened the bottom vents, and soon after the MS Hamburg disappear down in the depths. That the British sunk the ship as it is often being said is just propaganda. During Operation Claymore, it is believed that ships of a tonnage of 18,000 tons were sunk. The wreck of Hamburg is currently at six to twenty-five meters in the industrial port of Svolvaer, well intact where it rests on the starboard side. The wreck is easily accessible from shore. Lofoten
#10 - DS Rabat
The wreck sits on its keel on flat bottom and is pretty intact. The steamship was 90 meters long. It was bombed during the war and sank in 1943. The wheelhouse is at 18-23 meters depth. The front end of the wreck has about 26 meters. The holding bays are open and can be dived. The wreck is in the middle of the entrance to Bodo port, with a lot of traffic. Sometimes there is a buoy on the wreck.