NORWEGIAN DEEP SEA SHARK DIVING
Scuba Diving with
Norway's endemic deep sea shark species and marinelife.
West coast of Norway.
Oceanfront cottages in
Trondheim and Namsfjord.
Advanced open water scuba
US$2995 per person based
on double occupancy
6 days of 3 tank dives.
7 Nights accommodation in comfortable
cottages in Tronheimfjord and Namsfjord.
All meals while staying at the cottages.
Tanks and Weights.
Experienced Dive Guide.
Round trip transfers from Trondheim Airport.
Personal diving equipment, flights,
NORWEGIAN DEEP SEA SHARK
Sharks of the deep ocean are rarely
accessible to divers, but off the coast of Norway, deepwater
animals inhabit shallow reefs that put them within our
grasp. This is your chance to touch the abyss, 20 to 30m
under the surface.
DIVE WITH VELVETBELLY
Velvetbelly lanternsharks are deepwater sharks named for
the glowing photophores that light up their under-parts,
rendering them invisible when viewed from below. Velvet
bellies are impossible to see anywhere else but in Norway
they form schools that hunt in relatively shallow water.
This is your chance to dive with a true shark of the abyss.
Beautifully patterned, blackmouth catsharks are present
throughout the Northeast Atlantic and Mediteranean but like
their velvetbelly cousins, they are seldom encountered. In
the med, blackmouths inhabit reefs down to 1000m, but in
some parts of Norway they are common at 20-30m. Although
they are fast swimmers, they often sit on the reef allowing
divers to inspect them closely; a great deep-shark photo
DEEP SEA GHOST SHARKS
Ghost sharks are also known as chimaeras or ratfishess.
Although not true sharks, they share a common ancestor with
their more toothy, cartilaginous cousins. Ghost sharks have
some unusual adaptations including a clasper that extends
from the males forehead during mating to help him latch onto
This is another rarely seen creature of the deep seas that
we can virtually guarantee encounters with in this part of
DEEP SEA ANGLERFISH
A denizen of the depths that we have a good chance to
see is the ultra-bizarre looking monkfish; a relative of the abyssal
anglerfishes of nightmares. Relying on an elaborate 'skin-beard' to
obscure its presence, the monkfish waves a tiny lure above
its enormous waiting mouth to attract unsuspecting fishes. Truly, a strange sight to behold!
DEEP WATER NORWEGIAN
These flattened cousins of sharks are fairly
common on Norway's sandy bays. They are somewhat
unpredictable so we can't guarantee that we'll bump into
them but it is quite likely. The two species that are seen
regularly in shallow water are thornback skates and starry
skates; both beautiful animals!
setting for our Norwegian Shark Safari is quite magical. The
water is usually crystal clear and the invertebrate life is
as diverse as it is exotic.
NORWEGIAN DEEP SEA SHARK
Day 1: Pickup at
Trondhiem Airport at 12pm (noon). Transfer to accommodation
in Namsfjord. Photo stops en route.
Dinner at the cottage, then possibly a night dive depending
on the arrival time. The best place for velvet belly lantern
sharks is only few meters away from the jetty.
Days 2/3: Three dives per day at Namsfjord. Some of
the interesting species to see here are velvetbelly
lanternsharks, blackmouth catsharks, thornback rays, wolf
fish, monkfish/anglerfish, ling, cod, hagfish, and gurnards.
We may also dive a North Atlantic kelp forest.
The diving will be from boat and shore. Night dives are
important to see lanternsharks.
Day 4: After breakfast we will move to Trondheimfjord
(about 2 hours by car). Depending on the tidal period, it
may be possible to conduct two dives. A range of dive sites
Directly in front of the cottage, you can see Ghost Sharks,
blackmouth catsharks, helmet jellyfish and deep-sea corals.
Night dives here often attract lots of chimaeras.
Days 5/6: We will decide which diving locations to
visit based on the interests expressed by the group. Choices
include coral walls, channel edges with incredible macro
life, and deep-sea coral reefs. All dive sites in the area
have a good potential for encountering sharks. Each night,
after dinner, we will conduct a night dive.
Day 7: Time for one last dive in Trondheimfjord.
Afterwards, we will dry and pack our equipment and (time
permitting) go on a short photo tour. Dinner.
Day 8: Departure day. We will arrive back at the
airport at approximately 12 noon.
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