Scuba diving in Sweden

Diving in Sweden

Diving in Sweden — diving centers, country, description and general recommendations for tourists

General information about the country

You may not think that diving in Sweden is a popular pastime for locals or tourists. And for the most part, you would be right. Sweden is a vast, picturesque country infamous for its Viking history — not scuba diving. It has been called one of the most innovative countries on Earth many times. It consistently ranks in the top-10 for the most environmentally-conscious countries in the world (Yale University, 2018). It’s the perfect place to observe the natural phenomenon like the aurora borealis… but diving? You may never have even heard or seen Sweden and diving in the same sentence before now. But does that mean that Sweden is not a good place for divers to visit?

Is Sweden a good place to go scuba diving?

What usually comes to mind when you think of Sweden? Cars over-engineered for safety? A superstore of reasonably-priced furniture? Delicious meatballs? The birthplace of Spotify? What probably doesn’t come to mind is diving, but maybe it should. Sweden is a little-known haven for the diving enthusiast. Select spots are truly exceptional, and will surprise you with the wildlife and/or the color they have to offer. In many places, like Djuröbron Svartfotsvraket or Kostersten, you can even expect visibilities as high as 30 meters!

Must-see diving sites in Sweden

Sweden has 3,218 km of coastline (CIA World Factbook, 2018) — about half of the country borders with bodies of water such as the Baltic, Skagerrak, and Kattegat seas. There are plenty of interesting diving sites to see in these waters: countless reefs like those in the beautiful Släggö and nature reserve of Kullen, over 25 shipwrecks like the impressive wreck of the cargo ship Nicomedia or all those conveniently located just outside of Sweden’s capital town of Stockholm, as well as a few inland attractions like the neighboring Tuna and Silvberg Mine. A great place to visit is the Kosterhavet national park, which is home to one of only 2 known coral reefs in Sweden and around 6000 species of marine life, including sponges, brachiopods, ascidians, brittle stars, crabs and much more (Kosterhavet national park, 2018).

Country marked on Europe's map
Country image

Diving centers in Sweden

Sweden is not as densely packed with diving centers as many other diving destinations. The entire country may not have many more than 30 diving centers that are currently operating, with the majority of them being grouped around the big Swedish cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö. That said, tourism is Sweden’s fastest-growing service industry sector (The Swedish Trade & Invest Council, 2016) and Sweden is #2 in Europe in having the most proficient English speakers (EF Education First, 2017), so you should find that centers are very accomodating for foreigners and that their staff are easy to communicate with. Click here to see our list of diving centers in Sweden.

Other things to see and do in Sweden

The Vasa Museum

Back on the land, but not so far from the underwater world, you can visit what was once an underwater wreck of the famous 17th-century Swedish warship, the “Vasa”, which sunk on its maiden voyage. The Vasa was recently recovered and restored and is now on display at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm.

National parks

Sweden has 30 awe-inspiring national parks, including the earlier-mentioned Kosterhavet national park. The waterfalls, mountain ranges, wildlife, and many other sightseeing attractions these parks have to offer do not disappoint, bringing in professional photographers and everyday lovers of nature alike.

Scandinavia’s most powerful lighthouse

In the aforementioned town of Kullen, you will find the site of the oldest and most powerful lighthouse in Scandinavia. The very same town has a thriving birdlife, making it a great location for birdwatching.

The Northern Lights

Sweden is also one of the best countries in the world to view the northern lights from — its northern regions are easy to reach, often host the auroral oval, and have a climate that is rather mild compared to other northern countries.

Conclusion: why your next diving adventure should take place in Sweden

Although Sweden may not be as prestigious or well-renowned for diving as countries like Egypt, the practical diver will find it on-par with many other famous diving places in the world. And it exclusiveness may just be a good thing, because often your diving party will find that they have diving spots all to themselves.