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Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) © Arne Eriksen

Killer Whale and wreck diving safari


Diving experience

You will need to hold a PADI Advanced Open Water certificate or equivalent (e.g. BSAC Sports Diver), with a minimum of 50 logged dives.

All the diving in Narvik is in the region of 10-30 metres, whilst the wrecks on the rest of the trip are in the region of 8-45 metres. Dives involving wreck penetration, decompression or depths below 30 metres (e.g. Hermann Künne) require documentation of specialised education and experience.

Diving conditions

The visibility in October/November will vary depending on the weather conditions, with an average of 15-30 metres (but can reach a staggering 40+). The water temperature is normally 4-8°C.

Weather conditions

During winter (November to March) the 24-hour average is 2-4°C with temperatures rarely dropping below -10°C.

Recommended equipment

Most Norwegians dive with dry suits all year round, and for winter diving/snorkeling this is the only option.

The most important recommendations are:

  • dry suit
  • good thermal clothing (e.g. thinsulate)
  • good quality gloves (3 fingers, 5-7mm) or dry gloves
  • environmental sealed regulators (first and second stage)
  • good torch

Service and spare parts

There are limited facilities available for servicing your diving equipment. You should consider bringing the following spare parts:

  • backup mask and/or mask strap
  • fin strap
  • knife strap
  • mouth piece (for the regulators)

To service/maintain your equipment during the trip you should consider bringing:

  • anti-fog solution
  • talcum powder
  • zipper lubricant or paraffin wax (not beeswax during winter time)
  • any specialised tools needed to service/maintain your equipment

Equipment rental

To use diving equipment that you are familiar with is important for a safe and relaxed holiday. Unfortunately, most dive centres tend to have fairly basic rental equipment and you have no guarantee that suits and stab jackets fit you.

The best solution is to bring your own equipment, but in case you need to rent we would strongly recommend you do so at your local dive shop. This way you can test it and make sure everything fits and works before you start your trip.

However, if you prefer to rent equipment at the destination, please contact us for availability and rates.

+47 21647845

United Kingdom
0845 652 2071

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Safari overview

Diving conditions and equipment


How to get there

Fact sheet


Dates and costs



Trip specific Terms and Conditions

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