UW photo Norway

My easter holiday was spent in Norway, and we were reallye lucky with the weather, so while my girlfriend sat on the rocks and knitted sweaters I went freediving.

It is a bit weird to go diving , when all others you meet are going skiing and and you are driving through snow-clad mountains on the way.

Norway mountain road

Norway mountain road between Bergen and Aalesund.

But when you are greeted by this view when you drive out from Bergen to the islands east of the city you hurry in to the water.

Panorama Turøy Norway

Panorama Turøy Norway

The tidepools are teeming with life, especially filterfeeders, snails, anemones, nudibranchs and billions of zooplanktonic copepods and jellyfish. Between the islands there are a constant current of water bringing food and later in the summer I have seen schools of herring feeding in the sound.

Beadlet anemone

Beadlet anemone sheltering in a crevice in the cliffs

Nudibranchs with eggs

Nudibranchs with eggs

 dahlia anemones

Dahlia anemones at the foot of the cliffs

Limpets

Limpets feeding on algae on the cliffs

Jellyfish and copepod

Jellyfish and copepod

Topsnail and blue rayed limpet

Topsnail and blue rayed limpet feeding on algae and kelp.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Marius 24. april 2015 at 12:30 #

    Fantastic pictures! What was the temperature? You must have been freezing 😉 Was snorkeling here last week and it was really cold but at 12degrees thats probably a lot warmer than up your place.
    The picture with the Nudibranchs is absolutley stunning!

  2. mkielland 24. april 2015 at 17:56 #

    Thank you, compared to freediving in Sweden in february it was quite warm 🙂 I think it was 8-10 degrees, but with a 7 mm open cell freediver suit its only cold on the feet and fingers. After a while your face freezes to a degree where you cant feel it, so no problem. It is a fantastic place to dive in april because the nudibranch are more numerous. Stay tuned for the next two places I dived.

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