Scuba Diving In Europe
In this category we have collected articles regarding scuba diving in Europe. Europe is the second smallest continent and is actually only a vast peninsula of Eurasia, but do not let its limited size fool you into thinking that it is a geographically and climatologically homogenous part of the world. The European continent shows great variation within comparatively small areas, and this is true for the underwater world as well. Europe is a geographically diverse continent that stretches from the Mediterranean Sea in the south up to the cold waters of the Arctic Ocean in the north. Traditionally, Europe has been defined as the land mass between the Atlantic and the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to the Black Sea. Europe’s eastern boundaries have always been politically vague, but the Caspian Sea has often been considered the south-eastern boundary together with the divide of the Ural Mountains. The large geographical variations within Europe should always be taken into consideration if you plan to go scuba diving in Europe. A month that is great for scuba diving in the Mediterranean might be highly unsuitable for scuba diving in a wetsuit off the coast of northern Scandinavia.
The Mediterranean Sea is one of the most well frequented regions for those interested in Europe scuba diving adventures. The Mediterranean Sea borders to Spain, France, Italy, Monaco, Malta, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus in Europe, as well as to Asian and African states. The most popular dive season is during the summer; from April to November when the water temperature is well above 20° C. The visibility varies throughout the sea, but can be up to 30 metres.
Europe scuba diving is however much more than just the Mediterranean region. For those interested in embarking in some ice diving while scuba diving Europe, there is several suitable locations to choose among. Russia is famous for offering fascinating ice diving in Europe as well as in the Asian parts of the country. Ice diving in Artic Norway is also popular among winter sport enthusiasts. From Oslo, you can travel to Kirkenes, a small Norwegian town located at the shores of the Barents Sea at latitude 70° north. If you are not already a certified ice diver, there are scuba diving operations in Kirkenes that offer ice dive training and PADI certification.
In Kirkenes, it is possible to combine ice diving with wreck diving. According to the citizens of Kirkenes, there are at least 100 wrecks resting at the bottom near their village. Kirkenes received a lot of unwelcome attention during World War II when Germany sent over 30,000 soldiers to the town. Kirkenes was damaged by over 300 air raids before the war was over, and when the Germans finally left the area they burned down virtually every building. This hampered the Russian advance, since there were less than 20 houses left to accommodate the Russian soldiers. During an ice dive in this region, you can for instance explore D/S Johan Faulbaum and Curtis P40. D/S Johan Faulbaum is a German cargo boat located at a depth of 10-35 meters. It was sunk by Russian air force in 1944 and is still in very good condition. Curtis P40 is a Russian airplane that crashed into Barents Sea near Kirkenes during the summer of 1943. It is resting at a depth of approximately 20 meters and is remarkably intact.
Scuba Diving in Europe Articles:
Scuba Diving in Gonzo - Information about scuba diving in Gonzo in the Mediterranean Sea.
Scuba diving in Sardinia - Information about scuba diving in Sardinia.