Diving in the Arctic demands strength of character because the environment under the ocean surface requires the diver’s full attention. However, if cold water diving is something you would like to do with PADI OWA certified divers, who know the secrets of the fiord system, then a surprising world awaits you with places never before seen by a diver.

The flora and fauna under the ocean surface can only be described as different – even a bit strange – with catfish and lumpsuckers, forests of seaweed and odd looking sea cucumbers all vying for attention. There is a reason why cold water areas biologically are the most prolific areas in the world only surpassed by the coral reefs.

A surprising world of pristine dives await

  • Cold water diving in Greenland is only done with PADI OWA certified diving instructors as guides
  • You are required to have a PADI OWA certificate and previous cold water diving is an advantage


Diving down to view an old shipwreck is one of the most notable diving experiences in Greenland. Diver and skipper, Bo Lings, from the company Sirius Greenland in Sisimiut, is one of the few people in the country that knows of the location of various shipwrecks, from the three mast schooner, Borgin, to a Portuguese prison ship, both still in good condition on shallow water close to the shoreline.

Bo is the only diver in Greenland who is certified by Norsk Veritas, and his considerable cold water experience pays off, when you join him on a cold water dive by icebergs in the Disko Bay area, thus getting an opportunity to see what only a very few people get to experience, a world underneath the floating icebergs.

Diving under the ice is a specialty in East Greenland where Travellodge and Northern Explorer have found the best places in the area by Tasiilaq, combining blue icebergs with coral diving, ice caves and accommodation on land in huts in the fiord.


If diving, to get down to a Greenlandic shipwreck or by icebergs, is not enough to feed your appetite for adventure then diving during winter time would be your next move.

Diving in ice filled waters and from holes in the ice is an on-the-edge event, but because the water temperature in the Davis Strait is much the same all year, your diving experience won’t feel any colder during winter, than it does in summer.

Winter diving, on the other hand, offers an almost surreal swirling of lights under the ice, and you will most likely pause for a moment, when back on deck again, taking in the view of the snow clad mountains along the shoreline.

  • Diving platforms are boats certified to carry up to 12 passengers
  • The diving company, Sirius Greenland, has been certified by Norsk Veritas


For individuals, who wish to keep their blood circulation going mixed in with a bit of adrenalin, we have a very special sport, and the best way to describe it, is as underwater surfing.

In all its simplicity, it is about letting yourself drift with the current to an edge of an underwater ridge at the mouth of the fiord, and when the surge of waters from the tidal shift are squeezed over the ridge, you are sucked along by powerful underwater currents. According to what we have heard, it is supposed to be fun.