Fridykning i Sverige/Freediving in Sweden
So I know what you're thinking... Freediving in Sweden?
Before coming to Sweden the Gofreedive crew really didn't expect much more than cold, dark and lifeless water with the occasional school of cod passing by. Our expectations were right in some ways, yes the water is cold during the winter months, and yes it can be a tad murky and dark as you descend below the surface. But every so often the Nordic Gods allow all the elements to line up perfectly and you are left with a raw and picturesque cold-water diving environment.
During the Spring and Summer months (March – September) the sun’s power amplifies and the winter storms ease up, giving you full access to the 3200km coastline and a thriving marine environment. With water temperatures reaching a maximum of 22 degrees in Summer and 18+ hours of sunlight in certain parts of the country, it gives you a large window of opportunity to choose the right current, tide, wind directions and weather for a freediving session.
Hosting around 260.000 islands with roughly 1000 of them being uninhabited, you are surrounded by undived and unexplored reefs. The majority of the clearer and more nutrient water can be found when traveling up the West Coast.
The region of Skåne sits in the heart of the Öresund Strait.
This area is known for its seaweed filled shallow bays teaming with macro life and larger reef fish. Öresund, with its adequate depth and visibility, is the area of interest for our freediving courses. Our biggest surprise while diving and teaching in the area was the amount of Straightnose Pipefish.
Growing no bigger than the size of an adult human hand these critters can be quite challenging yet rewarding to spot in and amongst the moving seaweed. Along with these adorable inhabitants, you can find species of flat fish, littoral crab, wrasse, cod, and if you are lucky cuttlefish.
Moving Northwards along the West Coast, the Öresund Strait spills out into the larger Kattegat Strait. Arguably our favourite area for recreational freediving and exploration in Sweden. The hotspot for marine life in this stretch of coastline is the Kulllaberg Nature Reserve. This area has been a nature reserve since 1971 and due to the structure of the peninsula you will always find a protected bay or wall to explore in any wind direction. The sheer, rocky drop-offs of the peninsula continue downwards to the sea bed, giving you the feeling of flying as you decent down the vertical, underwater walls. The reason why the Gofreedive crew was first attracted to the area was the chance of spotting megafauna, namely the curious Grey Seal and shy and elusive Harbour Porpoise. Both species can be seen in this area all year round.
The Kattegat then flows out into the Skagerrak Strait, situated between the North Cost of Denmark and South Coast of Norway. On the Swedish side of the Strait you can find countless small islands and fjords, creating a perfect area for island hopping and underwater exploration. Depth can easily be found in areas such as Gullmarn and Lysekil for more advanced freedivers. On a sunny day you are treated to sheltered dive sites filled with kelp forests swaying and glowing in the currents while providing a nursery for juvenile fish.
So if you are planning a trip to Sweden or looking to explore your own backyard be aware of the beauty and possibilities the Swedish coastline hosts. And don't forget “Det finns inget dåligt väder, bara dåliga kläder” or “There is no bad weather, there is only a bad choice of clothing.” If you are curious about entering the world of freediving or expanding your freediving knowledge you can find us diving on a regular basis in the Skåne area.
See you guys in the water somewhere!