Max depth: 1 m-45m
Skill level: Medium, ten plus dives is ample, but can cater for more experienced
Current: Usually light or none
Must see: Killer whales
Unless you're diving one of the famous wrecks, most of the scenic Norway diving in the fjords is very similar, with impressive drop-offs. Skarbergfloget, the rocky face at the edge of the fjord, is almost vertical, plummeting down to 500m! This site is covered with an abundance of plumose and dahlia anemones. Sea temperature varies from 6 degrees C on the surface and drops as you descend to 3-4 degrees C below 20m. Visibility is around 20 metres.
There is a variety of dive sites for Norway Diving, including Bekkenesholmen, Norway's first nature reserve and the so-called 'Mushroom Rock', all with easy access, great scenic diving and a choice of depths.
If you dive an area from the shore where the seabed slopes away gently from the land, you can expect to see sand and shingle seabed with a variety of marine life, including plaice, large lumpsuckers, wolf fish, edible crabs and lion's mane jellyfish.
How to Get There
Tysfjord North Norway. The local airport is Evenes (Harstad/Narvik). At the moment there are no direct scheduled flights from the UK to Evenes. Daily scheduled flights from the UK to Oslo Gardemoen airport are offered by SAS, Norwegian and British Airways airlines. A connecting flight is then required from Oslo to Evenes. At Evenes transfers are arranged for groups depending on requirements.
When to Go
October to January is the optimum time to head for Norway if you want to snorkel with the orcas, otherwise it is possible to dive in different areas in alternative months.
A valid passport with six months left to run.
Norwegian kroner (£1 = K9.60).
You are in the wilds of Norway, so there isn't exactly a vast amount of restaurants and eateries to choose from!
You will be spending much of your time out on a RIB, and with beer in Norway being pricey, this is probably a good thing for diving with orcas!
Snorkelling with orcas is one of the most-amazing experiences in the diving world, and it is humbling to interact with the world's greatest marine predator.