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Diving in Denmark

Diving in Denmark

Quick facts

If you have even an ounce of yearning to explore mysterious wrecks, book a ticket to Denmark, which some say is the unheralded wreck capital of the world. It’s estimated there are north of 10,000 wrecks in Danish waters, many of which have never been dived. A special one is the wreck of a Foxtrot class Russian submarine, the U-406. In 1994, U-406 sank in 27 metres/90 feet of water in the North Sea, 22 nautical miles northeast of Hanstholm, reportedly due to a hatch left open while under tow. The sub is a whopping 91.5 metres/300 feet long and sits on her portside, with lots to explore. Destined to become a museum in Liverpool, United Kingdom, that open hatch changed the fate of U-406 as she’s now a museum for divers only, and has been cleared of environmental hazards through holes cut in her hull.

When to go

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What to see

Danish Krone
GMT +1
Natural hazards:
Flooding is a threat in some areas of the country (eg parts of Jutland, along the southern coast of the island of Lolland)
Diving season:
April - October
Water temperature:
Winter 7C (45F)
Summer 15C (59F)
Air temperature:
Winter 1C (34F)
Summer 20C (68F)


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Denmark consists of the peninsula of Jutland and some 400 named islands. Of these, 82 are inhabited.

There are plenty of opportunities for wreck diving, night diving, off-beach diving or archaeological trips in Denmark. Here you can swim with cod fry, the cuckoo wrasse and various other fish on a seabed with plenty of exciting wrecks. The sea in Denmark is officially common property and as long as you are just looking and taking photos and there are no specific dive bans. You are permitted to dive at these wrecks without special permission.

The Baltic Sea provides the best of wreck diving. Given the low salinity, all wooden wrecks are in pristine condition. Also larger wrecks, such as WW1 cruisers, steam ships and other wrecks are in excellent condition. Visibility is usually 10-20 metres.

Getting there

  • Wrecks! There are over 5000 is Danish waters, dating back over 1000 years.


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