On the second try we spotted a car.

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Oh dear, long time since the last posting. I refuse to give up, although i haven’t been able to diving as much as i hoped. I guess that comes with being a parent 🙂

Yesterday it was finally time to go diving again, so I joined some friends from the dive centerwho were about to try out a new (at least to us) dive spot. An old quarry in Kolsva, where they used to mine for feldspar between 1894 and 1954.

Since this place is basically a round hole filled with water, with sometimes poor visibilty, navigation was a bit tricky. We really had to be careful not to swim in under cliff overhangs or into other openings/tunnels in the rock.

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The dive site description was not very detailed and on our first dive we didnt see anything intersting at all!

Luckily, some locals arrived during our surface interval and gave us a better description of where to find the interesting stuff. So after downing a couåle of grilled burgers, we entered again and did much better. This time we found a couple of ditched cars, which gave a chance to hone my underwater modeling skills. I’ll leave it to you to judge if you think I might have a future in it 🙂

All in all we had a great day, and probably will come back another time!

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photos by Jonas Holm

Wreck diving video from the S/S Helga Ferdinand

Since videos are a great source of inspiration for me I am constantly on the look-out for good clips. I was particularly happy to find this amazing video of the wreck of the German cargo ship S/S Helga Ferdinand, produced by Northsea Explorers.

S/S Helga Ferdinand sank after being attacked by British airplanes, while traveling in a convoy along the Norwegian coast in November of 1944.

The ship lies at a depth of 40 – 65 meters in a sheltered part of the fjord that surrounds Bremanger in Midt-Gulen, Norway.

On Vimeo, Northsea Explorers explain that “the 4 minute vid is a result of 5 dives on the wreck with bottom times ranging from 30-45 minutes, over 2 hours with footage, six divers, bringing the total divetime close to 400 minutes.”

Working with suggestive lighting of the wreck and very nice camera movements, the result is nothing short of spectacular.

The team is currently working on a documentary on the legendary German cruiser “Blücher“, which sunk in Norway during WWII.

Enjoy!

Learning by snorkeling: an underwater nature trail teaches about life in the Baltic

      

Last week end I decided to go snorkeling in order to try a brand new underwater nature trail provided by The Swedish Archipelago foundation. The snorkeling trail is located at Björnö nature reserve in the Stockholm archipelago (location on map).

So what is a “snorkeling trail”? Well it’s exactly what is sounds like. an underwater trail, with buoys marking spots where information tablets are located on the bottom. The information tablets are placed at depths between 1 to 3 m, and contains a short informative text about marine life that can be found along the trail. A line on the bottom connects the slabs so you don’t have to lift your head out of the water to find your way to the next buoy.

I found the underwater nature trail very appealing. Experiencing the snorkeling trail really is both a great way of getting some exercise and a fun way to learn about marine life! It was really cool trying to spot the fish I had just read about. The only drawback was the water temperature, I used a 7mm wet suit and still, brrr… But hey, its Sweden! Get used to it ! 😉

Overall it was a great experience and I will definitely come back. I hope someone will make a deeper “scuba trail” in a similar fashion.

Dive safe,

/K

[pics from Swedish Archipelago Foundation website]

Diving between continental plates in Silfra, Iceland

Ok, so time for another cold water dive site on my diving wish list. This time its off to Iceland, and Silfra. In the Silfra rift, you dive in a crack, right between the American and Eurasian continental plates. In some places, you can even touch both America and Europe at the same time!

The water that fills the continental rift, originates from a melting glacier and is filtered through the porous lava rock for many years before it reaching the lake. This plus the low water temperature, between +2C° and +4°C, makes the water extremely clear, and horizontal visibility often exceeds 100m (330ft). I just have to go there!

Links:

Liquid ice“- another clip from Silfra

Dive.is– Dive center on Iceland with tours to Silfra and other dive sites