General information about the country
There is no reason to fear Norway. Sure, the country is quite raw — and cold — but it is also beautiful, and its waters will surprise you very positively. The fjords of western Norway cannot be overestimated. The natural beauty there is breathtaking — seeing it with your own eyes is a must. Cliffs, recesses, and forests of brown algae that have existed since the times of the Vikings are just a few reasons why divers like us love Norway.
This northern European country is not cheap to visit. The prices of things like fuel and alcohol (if you plan on indulging) should definitely be taken into account when planning a trip here. Also, fines for exceeding posted speed limits on the streets of Norway (even just by 1 km/h) are very steep. In exchange for the sometimes strict laws and high prices, Norway can offer a lot of cleanliness, open terrain, scenic views, and waters full of fish.
You can sail to Norway by ferry or fly by plane, and if you are very committed, you can even get there by car. There are few highways and a lot of sharp corners in the Norway's forest road, and further north: harsh (but gorgeous) landscapes, rocks, waterfalls and reindeer.
Why is Norway such a popular destination?
Here, the underwater world is completely different than it is in, for example, in Egypt or Malta. Giant brown algae plants make you feel, for a moment, as though you were walking through a thick forest. Burgundy, brown and red colors dominate the waters here. The floors are uneven. You will often find big crabs (Cancer pagurus), which at the sight of a diver retreat as far as possible, and try to hide. You may also encounter starfish, lobster (Homarus gammarus) and cod. An interesting fact is that during the later summer months the water temperature increases several degrees C. It can be a pleasant surprise. Waters are much colder at, for example, the Arctic Circle or at the famous Lofoten Islands.
A trained eye will also be able to spot monkfish (Lophius piscatorius) or cyclopterus lumpus fish. There are also snails, jellyfish, mackerel and nice sea ants, and starfish that often have up to 9 arms. Occasionally you will also run into the spotted wolffish (Anarhichas minor), which are known for being very tasty.
The coastline of Norway spans 25 148 kilometers. It is very well developed, full of indents, coves and islands. Two-thirds of the country's land is made up of mountains with glaciers. In Norway's territorial waters, you will also find plenty of wrecks.