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With up to 30 wrecks to explore, each steeped in history and mystery, along with exceptional marine life this remote region of Norway promises much for the adventurous cold water diver.

Of vital strategic importance during World War II, this remote and sparsely populated region of Norway reveals little of its history until you peer beneath the glassy surface of the fjord. Fabulous shipwrecks lie waiting to be discovered, each with a story that will fascinate and intrigue all those with an ear for history. The area’s most famous wreck is the magnificent German freighter, the Frankenweld. This 5,000 tonne behemoth lies upright in 44 metres of water and is worthy of multiple dives to do her justice. Other iconic wreck dives are the twin wrecks of the Fernedale and Parat, DS Welheim, and the ship that sank twice - the Bandak.

Away from the wrecks, this region also boasts exceptional marine life. Kelp forests reach up to two metres in height and play host to all manner of crustaceans and smaller marine life, while thorntail stingrays, wolf fish, monk fish, cephalopods and dog sharks can be seen in these waters. The spring months see a profusion of nudibranchs, with over 50 different species regularly seen in this area.

With temperatures ranging from 5-15 degrees Celsius, this region of Norway is suited to the more adventurous diver, with some previous experience of cold water diving. 

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: Atlantic wolffish, nudibranch, dog shark, catfish

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itinerary:

Get Wrecked Norway

Explore historic shipwrecks, magnificent kelp forests and a wealth of marine life on this cold water dive adventure to the fjords of Norway. This resort-based trip is a great option for groups and dive clubs.

  • When to go: Mar-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 5 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Gulen Dive Resort

This small, intimate dive resort is perfectly located to explore the many world-class shipwrecks that punctuate this area of Norway’s western fjords. A great option for groups.