We arrived (back) in Bergen late last night and woke up to meet Eirik from the local diving club whom I had been emailing over the past few weeks. We then geared up with help from the friendly folks at Nemo Classic Diving – me in a drysuit and Kristan in a very smart foul weather onesie.
We arrived at the dive site – Troholmen, and the rain from the morning cleared for a beautiful view of the small island and archipelago. After a final checkout, Eirik and I hopped in and spent about 45 minutes below. I really had no idea what to expect and was completely blown away by the jellyfish, hermit crabs, starfish (including crown-of-thorns starfish), masses of some kind of anemone / sea slug, and of course the highlight of the dive – scallops.
I’ve never been much for underwater collecting/ hunting as it generally requires a permit (and know-how), but I was happy to help find scallops on the ocean floor, occasionally chasing them as they chomped/swam away. We collected a few dozen and returned to the boat where we then ate a few for the freshest sashimi I’ve ever had. Kristan and I brought about 20 home, gave half to our host and cooked the rest for dinner, saving a few hundred kronor and bringing a fantastic day to a close.
Looks like I’ll have to come back to Bergen for some more diving – after all, I’m now a member of the local 1dykkeklubb. And we know where to stay! Our Airbnb rental was lovely.