Nature & adventure
Below the surface
Småland is so much more than red cottages and green forests. In the deep blue, below the surface, an incredible treasure is hidden. Småland has an amazing underwater-nature, history of shipwrecks, and is great for any water experience. It would be a shame to miss the things that literally lie in the depths.
Go shipwreck-diving in Västervik
In the waters around Västervik there are many dive sites for both nature diving and wreck diving. The Diving Center in Västervik offers courses at all levels of scuba diving courses from beginner to Dive Master and specialized courses in various subjects. They run trips with both boat diving and shore diving to many different dive sites which most suit all different certificate levels and experience.
With a snorkel and wetsuit
A different kind of treasure can be found if you go on "Roger's calm adventure" in waters outside Habo. Dressed in a snorkel and wetsuit, follow the stream and discover deep cavities, mussels, and other things that might lurk under the surface. Before setting off, your guide Roger will go through safety instructions. The activity is booked through Sjöhaga Pensionat.
The Royal Ship Kronan
On June 1, 1676, a major battle was fought outside the coast of Öland between the Swedish and the united Danish-Dutch fleet. The Royal Ship Kronan made a faulty manoeuvre, capsized and sank. For three hundred years she lay forgotten on the bottom of the sea before being rediscovered by marine archaeologists and salvaged. Now you can meet Kronan and her crew at Kalmar County Museum. Read more about the exhibition and watch a short clip about Kronan.
In the summer of 2011 the diving team Ocean Discovery encountered a large wreck east of Öland at a depth of 75 metres. The wreck was eventually identified as the Mars. Västervik Museum’s unique exhibition of the wreckage of the Swedish warship Mars is one of most stunning marine archaeological finds of our time. An exhibition that goes by the name Mars Makalös [the Magnificent Mars].