Lygnstøylsvatnet on Travel+Leisure

Travel+Leisure magazine has compiled a list of the 25 coolest underwater attractions in the world, ranking lake Lygnstølsvatnet among sites like Truuk Lagoon and Cleopatra's Palace in Alexandria, Egypt.


No doubt a spectacular divesite, Lygnstølsvatnet offers remains of dairy huts, rock fences, gates, a road with a bridge and a flooded forest.


Posted on May 14, 2012
The underwater world offers many attractions, some of which can be visited even without scuba gear.

Underwater hotels, submerged restaurants, giant aquariums and fantastic submarine rides gives non-divers a glimpse of what aquanauts can explore.

Still, diving offers the best experiences - and according to Travel+Leisure magazine, a Norwegian lake is among the top underwater attractions in the world.

The coolest underwater attractions

In their May 2012 issue the American magazine has compiled a list of what they think is the 25 coolest underwater attractions in the world.

Among some amazing places like Truk Lagoon in Micronesia, British artist Jason DeCaire Taylor's underwater sculpture park in Mexico and the Jules Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, lake Lygnstøylsvatnet was found worthy of a place on the list.

Travel+Leisure used one of my images to show their readers the beauty of this scuba diving gem, hidden away in a narrow valley on the Norwegian west coast.

A unique dive

Lake Lygnstølsvatnet offers a unique dive among alpine diary huts, rock fences and an entire flooded forest, after the river Lygna was closed off by a rockslide in 1908. After just a few hours the water rose, forcing the inhabitants of the valley to evacuate.

I have been diving lake Lygnstøylsvatnet regularly for the past ten years, and the stunning beauty and many surprising underwater sights never seize to amaze me.

Please click on the image to see a slideshow from Lygnstølsvatnet:

The bridge that used to span the river Lygna (above) is one of the attractions in lake Lygnstølsvatnet. Most visiting divers find it hard to resist this unique swim-through!

Flying above the spectacular underwater landscape is a remarkable experience, attracting divers from around the world. The site is even featured on the Visit Norway website - also with one of my images.

Extensive list

The list includes Okinawa's Yonaguni Monument, the underwater post office in Vanuatu, the giant wreck of USS Vandenberg in Florida, the Pharos Lighthouse and Cleopatra’s Palace in Alexandria, Egypt.

Top attractions like Christ of the Abyss statue in Portofino, Italy, the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant in the Alif Dhaal Atoll in the Maldives and Marshall Island's Bikini Atoll - a UNESCO world heritage site - are also on the list, which can be viewed in full at the Travel+Leisure website.

See Travel+Leisure's Coolest Underwater Attractions

I have on offer a 900 word story covering how this unique divesite came into being, complete with print-ready land and underwater images. Please click to the right to read more.

Unfortunately there is no dive centre at the site. Closest is Gulen Dive Resort about 4 ½ hours drive to the south.

Click here to browse images from lake Lygnstøylsvatnet






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