Frankenwald - Norway's Best Wreck

If you want to know more about Frankenwald, the online dive magazine X-Ray Mag has just what you need: A nine-page spread about the 122 meter long German freighter which was voted Norway's Best Wreck in 2009.

Posted on Jan 29, 2014

Frankenwald, a German HAPAG freighter which sank after a navigational mishap in January 1940, is located at the mouth of the famous Sognefjord in Norway.

Sitting upright on the bottom, this is deemed by many to be a world class wreck dive. The 122 meter long Frankenwald is certainly some of the best WWII rust you'll ever see, and people flock to Gulen Dive Resort - the only dive center running regular trips here.

The latest issue of X-ray Mag features the most comprehensive story written about Frankenwald to date, on a huge nine-page spread:

Frankenwald's history is a controversial one. In spite of the official German paper's stating that she was en route from Narvik on a southerly course, local rumors have been fermenting ever since her demise.

It has been claimed that she was in fact going north after having unloaded somewhere in the Sognefjord. Perhaps we will never know the whole truth about her last journey.

Nevertheless, both the official and unofficial stories agree on one crucial point: Frankenwald ran aground and sank within minutes, her crew and captain having to hastily leave.

The wreck of Frankenwald is remarkably intact. Visiting divers can marvel over a multitude of details while swimming along her main deck.

There must be a terrifying gash in her hull somwhere, but there is nothing to be seen: Frankenwald is gloriously intact, both her masts still standing even after 70+ years on the bottom.

Voted Norway's Best Wreck

In 2009, Frankenwald was voted 'Norway's Best Wreck' in a survey done by the Norwegian dive magazine Dykking - by a healthy margin.

The depth of the deck is just 24-36 meters, leaving divers with a relatively long bottom time even on air. Frankenwald is a perfect Nitrox dive, and the mixbreathers can explore her every nook and cranny at their leisure.

Still, Frankenwald is so big that you'll need several dives to truly take in her splendour. In the latest issue of X-Ray Magazine, you can read all about the accident and the stories surrounding Frankenwald's demise.

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