Orkney and Shetland Charters Northfield

Hunclett Road, KW172RZ Holm, Orkney, Scotland
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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The German Fleet Wrecks of Scapa Flow

Scapa Flow is a huge natural harbour formed within the Orkney Islands with over 140 square miles of comparatively calm water within its bounds. Used in both world wars as protection for the British Fleet, the islands became home to tens of thousands of service personnel. At the signing of the armistice the German fleet was interred with skeleton crews at Scapa until its fate could be decided. Admiral von Reuter mistakenly believed war was about to break out, so on the 19th June 1919 he gave the order for the fleet to be scuttled. This was carried out swiftly while the British guarding ships were out on exercise and could not stop them. In the end 51 ships went to the bottom of Scapa Flow, others were run aground to prevent them sinking.

Post war salvage raised most of the ships for scrap, but seven remain submerged forever in the waters of Scapa Flow.

Scapa Flow is one of the jewels in the crown of UK scuba diving. The remains of the German fleet still lie in the flow, heavily protected from any sort of salvage or interference by divers. Their legacy is some of the best scuba diving in the world, the behemoths of the battleships rising from 45m to 22m, guns pointing into the green, seemingly on eternal patrol. The stricken cruisers on their sides, their superstructures slowly falling to the seabed after nearly 100 years underwater.

All of the WWI German wrecks lie approximately 50 minutes from the port of Stromness. All have a shotline on them. Maximum depths to the seabed is around 44m. Least depth to the seabed is around 12m.

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Orkney North Isles

The North Isles of Orkney have a different character to Scapa Flow diving, with smaller but more numerous freighters, mail ships, warships and fishing boats. War casualties lie to the East and West of the Isles and tend to be in deeper water while the rocks of the inner isles have claimed many victims with loads to dive close inshore.

Scenic dives are not to be forgotten with many great sites just waiting to be explored.

SMS Remus
(Max depth 62m) The Remus was a small, 1079 ton collier that was mined by UC59 to the East of Orkney on February 23rd 1918. Discovered and dived for the first time in May 2008 by a team on the Valkyrie. The wreck of the 67m long vessel lies in one piece with the boilers prominent at the stern.

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Diving in Norway

Looking for more adventure?

During the summer months, our itinerary takes us to the stunning fjords of Norway.

Based in Bergen for changovers, our Norway trips travel North through the myriad of islands and narrow fjords, to Sonnefjord and beyond to Floro, with diving on the world class, largely intact, Norwegian wrecks lying on the slopes.

Frankenwald, Ferndale and Parrat, Oldenburg, Tyrifjord, Welheim, Spring, Aquila and Helga Ferdinand, all names to conjure with and with the long daylight hours of the North and limited tidal range, diving opportunities abound.

Our trips start and end in the fantastic city of Bergen.

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About us

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On board the MV Valkyrie and the MV Valhalla we believe that customer service should be top of our priorities & we are constantly changing and improving the boat for our guests.  Unique in Orkney Scapa Flow, Shetland and Norway, we have three permanent crew members to help assist you and make your diving holiday as easy and comfortable as possible while keeping standards at their highest.

The Valkyrie is the proud winner of the Sport Diver Award ‘Best Liveaboard 2014’ and was voted ‘Best Runner Up’ in 2016!

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