Finland, is a Nordic country situated in Northern Europe, which borders Sweden to the west, Russia to the east, and Norway to the north, while Estonia lies to its south across the Gulf of Finland. The capital city is Helsinki.
Finland, a country of forests and lakes, is perhaps best known for its unspoilt natural beauty. In the far north, the White Nights, during which the sun does not set, lasts for around 10 weeks of the summer. In winter the same area goes through nearly eight weeks of near darkness when the sun never rises above the horizon.
The diving in Finland is predominantly wreck diving and due to the low salinity in the Baltic, the wrecks are in very good condition, even the wooden boats.
- Kronprins Gustav Adolf, a Swedish man-o-war that sank in battle against Russia in 1788. Discovered by the Finnish navy in 1995 and now made to an underwater museum for scuba divers, with info plates underwater. Buy a ticket to dive the site and get a plastic map!
- Hindenburg wreck was a German icebreaker built in 1915, with a length of 51 metres. In 1918 she hit a mine and sank off Åland. Discovered in 1995 and well preserved at a depth of 37-47 metres. Diving excursions are arranged from Mariehamn on Åland.
- Plus. An iron-hulled 3-masted barque built in 1885, sank in 1933. The barque is 90 metres long and at a depth of 33 metres lying off Mariehamn, Åland. The large wreck is very well preserved with the Hull and deck in good condition. The masts have been sawn off so they won't protrude to the surface, and are laying on the bottom by the side of the hull.
- Nederland was a Dutch river barge, lost in 1917 on her way to the Russian grand duchy with a load of street bricks. The wreck is 35 metres long and 8 metres in width. She now rests on the sunken rock at Marhällan at a depth of 20-24 metres. The visibility varies from 5-15 metres. It is a dive well worth doing.
- Recreational diving in Northern Europe is a cool thing, often ice cold, so a dry suit is necessary.
- All wrecks older than 100 years are legally protected – you may dive on them but not touch anything.
- In Finland you must also notify the coast guard before a wreck dive. On the Finnish province island Åland, it is generally forbidden to dive anywhere, except for a few places assigned by licensed dive centres
|Language:||Finnish and a small amount of Swedish|
|Diving season:||12 months, ice diving in winter|
|Water temperature:||Winter 4C (39F)|
|Summer 18C (64F)|
|Air Temperature:||Winter -5C (22F)|
|Summer 18C (64F)|