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Deep water secrets of Norway

Diving during the winter is harsh. Especially in Norway. But for those divers who dare to challenge the coldness there are amazing dives awaiting them.

In early January 2018, I visited the fjord of Trondheim, the landscape was covered in snowand the temperature was approximately -10 degrees Celsius. During this period there were only a few hours of daylight, so I didn't need to wait long before we started our "night dive", which was the main focus for this trip.

It was only 2 degrees at the water surface and 6 degrees in the deep. So, of course, I needed to dress as warm as possible, hence I put on thick wool undergarments, a warm overall and a drysuit.

The short walk to the water was extremely demanding, icy rocks and a super heavy dive equipment were not a good combo, one wrong step could end in disaster. But when I entered the water, I quickly forgot the struggle and started to enjoy the clear dark water. Before I submerged, I needed to try a split shot in the snow storm.

 Niklas Nilsson • Olympus Tough TG-5

My main goal for the night dive was to see the deep sea fish called Ghost shark (Chimaera monstrosa). They normally live in a depth below 200 meters, but in some places they can be seen at approximately 30 meters depth during the dark winter months.


Niklas Nilsson • OM-D E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
• PT-EP14 • PPO-EP04 • Sea&Sea YS-D2

For me, night dives create a special feeling and this was especially true for this one. To go deeper and deeper into the darkness and search back and forth with the torch was certainly exciting. Suddenly the light reflected at a large green eye - a ghost shark appeared. The big eyes glowed in the light of the torch and when it swam by, I saw the long whip tail, a true beauty hidden in the dark water.

 Niklas Nilsson • OM-D E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
• PT-EP14 • PPO-EP04 • Sea&Sea YS-D2

Deep sea king crab could also be seen in the deep dark water, they walked around slowly on the sea floor in search of prey. The large spikes on their body make them really photogenic, especially with a macro lens. So I could focus on their details.

 Niklas Nilsson • OM-D E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f3.5 Macro
• PT-EP14 • PPO-EP03 • Sea&Sea YS-D2

After three nights in a row I summarized the dives for this trip in Norway. To encounter the beautiful ghost shark was truly magical and made it worth the struggle and freezing water temperature.

Has anyone ever seen one? Let me know in the comments!