Diving in Sweden

Diving in Sweden can be somewhat underestimated. The waters are very cold and dark, the bottom composition is often muddy and you will most likely need drysuit in all seasons. Despite that, there are plenty of fantastic destinations and unique features such as the preservation of submerged objects. The low salinity of the Baltic Sea means the shipworms are absent and wooden hulls can sustain for centuries.

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Sappemeer sank on 11 July 1969 due to rough sea conditions. She was taking in water too fast to be able to compensate and sank. She is now lying on her side at 25 m depth and it is possible to enter through the cargo area.
Position: 59°6’5.94″N, 18°46’56.58″E
Depth: 25 m
Altitude: Sea level
Boat dive
S/S Najade sank an early morning on 12 April 1933 in the Baltic sea. The freighter hit some shallow rocks and cracked a hole in the hull. These waters, between Sweden and Finland, are well known for having many shallow parts. The archipelago of Stockholm is actually almost stretching all the way over to Finland.
The ship is very well preserved and standing perfectly straight (as if it was sailing on the bottom). The cargo area is invitingly big and empty, filled only with a thick and heavy yellow color; as if the oranges and tobacco that were in the cargo had been dissolved and still hanging in like ghosts.
It is amazing to see this ship appear out of nowhere when you descend. The visibility is very limited until you reach the thermocline. The ship is made of steel and reflects the torch lights well.
The wreck is within a seal reservation and is prohibited to visit between 1 February and 15 August (confirm?).
Position: 59° 4′ 50.04″ N, 18° 48′ 1.38″ E
Depth: 35 m
Altitude: Sea level
Boat dive The dive site is marked with a buoy that is attached to the wreck.
Björkvik is a very good dive site for beginners, training or less experienced divers.
Beware of the diving prohibition that is effective outside the far out edge of the dead end street (imagine a straight line to the south from that edge).
Position: 59° 13′ 12.12″ N, 18° 32′ 18.39″ E
Depth: 20 m
Altitude: Sea level
Shore dive The easiest way to get into the waters is from the beach. The shallow waters stretch quite far out and you might make it down to 20 meters if you are persistent. There is plenty of room for parking your car on close to the dive site. Although, you should be careful with getting in the way for the bus that end it’s route there and have to make a U-turn.
There is a tragic story behind the wreck of SS Ingrid Horn. The 90-m German cargo ship was built in 1901. In July 31 in the summer of 1917 the Ingrid Horn was on route from Lulea to Germany with a cargo of iron ore on a quiet night when she was hit by another ship who realized that they were on collision course when it was already too late. It is said that the Ingrid Horn was sailing without the lanterns lit; it was in wartime and they wanted to save the precious kerosene. They probably thought that they would have time to light them up if another ship came into sight. Only one person survived out of about twenty people in the crew.
The Swedish cargo ship SS Bergvik was entering Dalarö when the pilot noticed a white light, which he believed was a vessel at anchor. When Bergvik got closer they also saw a faint red glow. Eventually they realised that it must be a ship under way and there was a risk of collision. The captain ordered full astern, but it was too late. and the Bergvik’s bow penetrated three feet into the side of the Ingrid Horn, which sank fast. The SS Bergvik managed to get loose and survived the collision
The wreck is now a popular attraction for divers. Note that it is the middle of a shipping route, which requires a little extra focus on security and awareness.
Position: 59° 6′ 14.4″ N. 18° 22′ 30″ E
Depth: 24 m
Altitude: Sea level

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