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Return to the Donegal classics

Appeared in DIVER January 2018
A battleship, a liner and a cargo vessel, none of them less than 155m long or 64m deep, are the big three that make north-western Ireland a holiday magnet for technical wreck-divers like RICK AYRTON


Appeared in DIVER December 2017
Finland's smallest region boasts an underwater wreck museum guaranteed to fascinate divers because of the level of preservation afforded by local conditions. Technical diver KIERAN HATTON fills his boots

Three cold cracks

Appeared in DIVER November 2016
WILL APPLEYARD sets off for Iceland with best intentions of not majoring on the famous Silfra Fissure, but the weather has other ideas...

Four-paw power to the iceberg

Appeared in DIVER September 2016
A diving expedition to Greenland's east coast sounds like a trip for die-hards only, but to dive in springtime on the edge of the Arctic Circle, all you need is coldwater-compatible dive-gear, a drysuit and tolerance of temperatures down to -2°C. Where else in the world can you still log undived sites? asks TOBIAS FRIEDRICH

Le Paradis Blanc

Appeared in DIVER June 2016
Set among the vineyards of Cognac, the limestone hills of St-Meme-les-Carrieres contain huge underground mines, now flooded. This unique French site has been open to divers this year - FREDERIC MENGOTTO reports, HEDWIG DIERAERT takes the pictures

True North

Appeared in DIVER March 2016
Diving with wild salmon, the Aston Villa (in its own relegation zone), medusas and ghost sharks – northern Norway is full of underwater surprises, say MICHAEL SALVAREZZA & CHRISTOPHER WEAVER

It's Fissure man!

Appeared in DIVER May 2015
JOEL STRICKLAND spends most of his time skydiving, but a trip to Iceland last November revealed an underwater experience that offered comparable sensations

Diving with a Viking

Appeared in DIVER September 2014
The waters off northern Norway allow divers a unique glimpse into what lies in far deeper waters, coral reefs and all, says SUE DALY - they also allowed her to become only the second person to photograph Sebastes marinus in the wild!

Strytan - diving iceland's hydrothermal vents

Appeared in DIVER December 2013
Normally, divers in very cold water never remove their gloves - but at Strytan, things are a bit different! MICHAEL SALVAREZZA & CHRISTOPHER P WEAVER report from the only hydrothermal vent accessible to scuba-divers

Coldwater giants

Appeared in DIVER October 2012
The area of northern Norway made famous by the Maelstrom tidal race is home to colossal fish including wolf-eels and giant halibut. JAMIE WATTS has three days in which to locate them

Land of Fire & Ice

Appeared in DIVER July 2012
Its a two-and-a-half-hour flight from the UK, but visiting Iceland is an elemental experience, and diving beneath it all the more so, says ELINE FEENSTRA. Photography by René Lipmann

Golden river run

Appeared in DIVER June 2012
A section of Austrias River Traun offers unusual opportunities for divers, says Martin Strmiska, including ultra-clear vistas, exciting entries and drifts, and big fish

Soviet Atlantis

Appeared in DIVER May 2012
In the old Soviet Union people were used to being watched by Big Brother. Divers in the Black Sea today are keeping up that tradition, but they enjoy it.ALEXANDER KURAKIN pays a visit to Leaders Alley in the Ukraine. Photography by ANDREY NEKRASOV

I may be shallow but I'm happy

Appeared in DIVER September 2010
Its easy for divers to get fixated by depth, but Jonas Andersson is kicking back and enjoying the rich life found in the shallower seas of the UK and continental Europe

In Belgium, but no waffle

Appeared in DIVER May 2010
When your'e based in Belgium, diving a German warship off the French coast on a British boat, you want to mind how you go! says John Liddiard

Beyond Narvik

Appeared in DIVER September 2009
A liveaboard operating within the Arctic Circle offers the possibility of killer whales to spice a tasty winter wreck trip. John Liddiard wraps up warm

DAMPEST DAIRY Lyngstøylvatnet, Norway

Appeared in DIVER February 2009
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO, in May 1908, a big avalanche started on the Keipen mountain, in a little valley west of Geirangerfjord. It dammed the river, forming a small lake that is now called Lyngstøylvatnet. By Rikard Godlund

Headfirst into the maelstrom

Appeared in DIVER October 2008
These are the most powerful waters in the world, and not to be taken lightly. Lars Kirkegaard samples current diving beyond the Arctic Circle, and reckons Saltstraumen is hard to beat for sheer exuberance

Seduced by Russia's White Sea

Appeared in DIVER April 2008
For award-winning underwater photographer Andrey Nekrasov, the dream ticket lay in the far north of Russia, where white whales play among the Gorgons heads and lancetfish

Rummaging in the devil's dustbin

Appeared in DIVER October 2007
Darryl Leniuk dives for Nazi gold in the mysterious lakes of inner Austria

High on the Fu Shan Hai

Appeared in DIVER April 2007
At 225m long and registered at 70,000 tonnes, the Fu Shan Hai contains enough steel to build 10 Eiffel Towers and covers an area bigger than a football field. Its summer on the Danish isl...

Ice cold in Norway

Appeared in DIVER Decemeber 2006
Taking time out from diving wrecks and reefs under ice only to sex huskies by night (some people have all the fun!), John Liddiard finds himself in his element in Kirkenes

Sur l'autre cote

Why not cross the Channel and dive La Manche instead next summer suggests John Liddiard

Wartime on ice

This holiday isn't for everyone, but for those who take their wreck-diving seriously and don't mind it being a bit nippy, Louise Trewavas reckons a trip to Norway, venturing up within the...

Take my fins and pass the pasta

Appeared in DIVER April 2006
The Seattle is just the most famous of the many wrecks accessible from Kristiansand, and this southern Norwegian idyll is just a ferry ride away from the UK, says Lars Stenholt Kirkegaard

The Longest Week

Diving from a liveaboard on the D-Day and other Normandy wrecks can be both an exhilarating and a sobering experience. Max McLeod reports on an underwater war museum that is truly unforge...

Pearl of the Atlantic

Only a few leagues from the French coast, emerald or ruby in the silver ocean, there is a happy island that providence seems to have carved with a touching care.

Marine Life in Norway

Gathering material for a new book, underwater photographer Linda Pitkin went to Norway to take the marine life pictures shown here. Her husband Brian recalls the outing.

The Sea Trees of Trondheim

Unique conditions in the chilly waters of Norways Trondheimsfjord provide a habitat for coral sea bushes and sea trees normally found only at great depths. Theres even a coral reef there,...

Sparklers in the Black Sea

If there are interesting wrecks to dive in unusual places, Jean-Louis Maurette is the man to do it. A wintertime visit to the Crimea to see its magnificent wrecks, including the Russian I...

On the Road Again

Wheels in motion, Abba on the sound system, and John Liddiard is heading north to experience diving Swedish-style. Stand by for divers who dont want to dive wrecks (shock horror!), the sh...

Fjord Focus

Coral eggs in the cold waters of Norways biggest fjord provide an unforgettable experience for Rudolf Svensen, but what would he and his companions find in the smaller but more spectacula...

Wheel of Fortune

Could you drop the shot about a metre from the ships wheel diving co-ordinator Jack Ingle asked the skipper, somewhat unreasonably. Below, in cold Norwegian waters, lay the cargo liner El...

Jewel of the Abruzzi

Evelyn Seeger dives a clear mountain lake to the east of Rome. Picture by Jurgen Freund

Germany Calling

Max McLeod sailed in an old schooner to dive two of the largely unexplored wrecks littering the shallow waters off the North German province of Schleswig-Holstein. The Germans dont bother...

Great Brittany

Its a fair way to go, but one UK liveaboard is taking groups of divers down to the west coast of France to enjoy wreck-diving they describe as unique. John Liddiard leapt eagerly aboard m...

Shock and Aweland

Diving wrecks around Britain will never be the same again for John Liddiard - that's because hes been to the northern waterworld of Ã…land, where the wrecks are so astonishingly intact...