If you like a bit of creepiness and exclusivity when it comes to your diving adventures, you might want to seriously consider putting a trip to Norway on your bucket list of diving locations. There you’ll find Lake Lygnstøylsvatnet. Beneath the surface of that lake lies a forgotten city, complete with fences, roads, and even apple trees.
The lake is located on the west coast of Norway. While lost underwater cities are certainly not a new concept, much of the existing lore depicts these cities as extravagant kingdoms (see Atlantis). In the case of the town at the bottom of Lake Lygnstøylsvatnet, it’s far more “country” than you might expect. It reflects the kind of charm that small farming communities are known for. It just so happens that this particular charm was frozen in time thanks to a natural disaster.
At 30 feet below the surface, you’ll find that the visibility is still very good. You’ll have no problem seeing the remnants of the farming village. You’ll see the foundations of farms and stone fences, and if you’re into underwater photography, you’ll have no shortage of material to hang on the wall once you get back home.
The site is fairly popular and it’s not hard to understand why. The unique setting and 70-foot visibility make it a dream for those wanting a unique diving excursion. The only real challenge is water temperature, which tends to hover in the 40s, so make sure to pack plenty of cold-water gear.