The caves are calling
Its deep, narrow, dark and scary. Or is it really?
The Plura Cave system is a massive, beautiful, cold, magnificent marble cathedral.
The visibility is good year round, and averages around 30 meters. In March-April the usual is around 100 meters or as far as the torch can reach. This is the time of year the Plura cave is attracting a lot of underwater photographers.
In 2017 Janne Suhonen from Divers of the Dark was visiting. Together with Gemma Smith, Felix Butchek, and Oscar Svensson they did some great UW shots, but also filmed from the untouched nature here in The Cave Capital of Scandinavia. See the Dive Odyssey movie here: Dive Odyssey
In 2019 March there was another Finnish film team arriving to get shots for the cinema movie Tunturin Tarina (A story of the sleeping giant). The movie will be aired in December 2020, in this story Plura is the blood veins of the mountain, here is the trailer: Tunturin Tarina
In March 2020 we had visitors from Mexico and USA, Ricardo Castillo, underwater photographer and cave diving instructor, came with a group of 9 great divers and adventurers.. They were staying a week, doing cave diving, hiking, skiing, sauna, ice fishing and on the last night - even some aurora scouting.
Here is what Ricardo Castillo was thinking when he was asked "What does it take to dive in Plura?".
A few days ago someone asked me "What does it take to dive the Plura cave?" That question has been going through my head for several days. Plura is an enigmatic cave, it has taken the lives of several individuals who challenged her passages and depth (I will not go into detail about human "fearlessness", we have enough with a pandemic, lets deal with one at the time).
Plura is a Norwegian cave in the limits of the Arctic Circle, the conditions are extreme, when something goes wrong there, it goes very wrong, from there you don't just go with a scratch and a good scare. The question goes beyond preparation, training, equipment, "bravery" etc. "What does it take to dive Plura?" So let's start...
First make contact with Ina at Visit Plura, who along with her family, owns the land where the small hole called Plura is. You need a plane ticket to cross half the planet, you need another flight ticket to get to the small MQN Airport, and then a 30 minute drive on snow and ice roads with landscapes taken from Tolkien's tales.
The necessary diving equipment (and then some): Dry suit, the heated undergarments, the 10mm hood that won't let you speak, lamps, cameras, and an endless number of gadgets that I don’t want to list. With all that and a chainsaw to cut the ice you can say that you have everything to dive in Plura... Buuuuuut, as always there is a but, everything is true and with that it would be enough to say "I'm ready!", but let me stop there;
This is definitely not enough, do you know what it really takes to dive Plura and be successful? It's not only the cave diver, trimix, CCR, ice, instructor certifications, or over 40 years of diving experience, it's not just the thousands of hours of cave diving experience.
What is really needed are friends! Good friends, those who you know are there if something happens and who do not let you down.
I can say I have 9 of those friends with whom I shared this expedition and that, dear readers, that is definitely a very hard job to find, the rest has a price, you get, you buy or you pay. Not in friendship, friendship is the most important thing to be successful when you decide to do one of these extreme missions that some call crazy or even “suicidal". Friendship is the basis of success in these extreme dives, so you already know, if you ever want to dive in Plura, the most important thing is that you get a group of very good loyal friends, to be able to dive one of the most extreme places on the planet.
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