The White Sea is one of the best places in the world for unique sea ice diving. The White Sea is a southern inlet of the Barents Sea and located on the northwest coast of Russia. It belongs to the so-called Arctic Ocean basin and it’s the only sea in Europe that will freez to ice every year. Nature here is amazing and untouched and the wildlife is stunning and rich. So a perfect place for ice diving…
The story starts in Finnish Ruka, with an exciting husky dog sledge safari and continues with a drive through the Finnish/Russian wilderness – all the way up to the Arctic Lodge. It’s a very comfortable guesthouse on the shores of the frozen sea. The Russian food they will serve you is just fantastic and after dinner you can also enjoy a traditional Russian banya – a steam bath.
The next day, it’s time for the diving part. The White Sea boasts a magnificent sea life and great scenery with fantastic underwater ice formations and caves. The water is full of sponges, starfish, sea urchins, soft corals and sea anemones. Moreover, the underwater rocks provide dwelling places for wolf fish, sea perch, butterfish and so much more. During winter time, you might encounter seals and if you are lucky, you can catch the sight of the stunning Aurora Borealis.
White Sea Beluga Whales
A highlight – certainly for underwater photographers - is diving with the White Sea Beluga Whales. They live in an enclosure divided from the open sea by a net and their natural habitat is not far from the Dive Centre itself. Good news: one dive with the Beluga Whales would be included in your programme. If you like to dive more with these lovely animals, this can be arranged upon demand.
The dive instructors at Arctic Lodge have many years’ experience of diving in severe Arctic conditions. So you can be sure to be in the best hands. If you are not a qualified ice diver, you can take the PADI Ice Diving Course during the programme. Enjoy!