A real high arctic diving expedition – down-the-line!
Those who are looking for “easy diving” will find more suitable trips. However, those who want to join a trip with unique experiences and photo possibilities in one of the most remote arctic regions of the world will love this expedition!
In focus of the diving activities we will have icebergs bound in the pack ice and often excellent visibilities underwater. Across icebound fjords and pack ice we use dog sledges and snow mobiles led by experienced local hunters and fishermen to reach the dive sites. The dives take place under the ice mainly, however, we will also dive in open water, even from a small boat, if possible.
Weather and temperatures can be extreme and there is a risk of weather-related loss of days with outdoor activities on this tour. Nevertheless, as a reward there are unbelievable experiences and extraordinary photo motives. Only with the sometimes unbelievable visibility at this time of year the true dimensions of the icebergs become visible.
Team ability and physical fitness are basic qualities which every participant should bring!
Please note that conditions in this part of the Arctic can vary a lot from year to year. We cannot guarantee if and how many different dive sites we will be able to visit.
Price per person
Important information - diving
As this is a real expedition every participant should be clear in her/his mind about that. This tour is not for counting the number of the dives, or of calculating the total dive time but it has to offer outstanding impressions and adventures – even for divers who have seen “everything”!
We dive at icebergs bounded in the pack ice and under ice in the Arctic. The visibility to be expected is about 20 to 70 metres (65 to 230 ft), or even more – often the water is crystal clear at this time of year.
– experienced cold water diver
– at least 20 logged dry-suit-dives in the last 2 years
– ice diving certification needed!
For the diving steel tanks with DIN twin valves (200 bar) with 12 and 15 litres of volume, as well as smaller pony bottles are available, just as weights in various sizes.
The dives under ice will be with safety line guidance and in buddy teams, as well as in open water when diving from the ice edge. From the boat diving without line is save, usually. A dry diving suit is essential, as well as two separate regulators. The depth limit is 15 metres / 50 ft because of the risk of freezing regulators. The water temperatures vary between -1°C and -3°C (26°F to 30°F).
Extremely warm under suits, thermo underwear, or a heating west are necessary. Also, we have to get the dry suit on and off on the ice / at the dive site between the dives, which is why the clothes which are worn under the dry suit should be suited for wearing it the whole day.
Every participant must be able to prove about experiences with dives under closed ice. Also, a certain physical fitness is demanded with this tour.
We do dives under ice where special safety rules have to be followed. These safety regulations will be explained before the dive and individually referring to the respective dive. Oxygen equipment is available during the whole trip.