Diving in the Gulf of Finland

Diving in the Gulf of Finland is like visiting one large ship cemetery. Although visibility is limited to 2-3 meters, the sea’s low salinity has preserved many wooden ship hulls here from various eras. One of the most famous is the first battleship to sink in the First World War, the Pallada. Conditions are dark, cold, and shipping traffic is heavy, so experience is required.

Just on the other side of St. Petersburg sits Lake Ladoga, another amazing Russian wreck diving destination and the largest lake in Europe. Due to its fresh and cold water, it also harbors many well-preserved wrecks including a WWII aircraft, many cars, and tanks.

Dive Sites to visit in Gulf of Finland