The ship Standard, the wreck

The spring 1997 Erlendur did a local fisherman in Akureyri some diving favours. When he wanted to pay back the favours Erlendur asked if he would instead take him on his boat looking for wreck in the harbor Erlendur had heard about some years ago. They didn’t know anything about this wreck or if it even existed, but they just decided to use the depth sonder on the boat and look for it. This was probably one of the fastest search for wreck ever, they turned on the depth sonder and less than 5 min later they found something huge at the bottom. Erlendur dove down to something he didn’t know what was and at the depth of 15 meters he came to the port side of a wreck that was lying on the starboard side at bottom depth of 26 meters. He later measured the size of the wreck and found out it was over 60 meters long and 11 meters wide. He finally found a German book with the story of this ship. The name of the ship is Standard and it was built in the USA 1874 and was later owned by a German fishing company that was fishing in Iceland. When World War I started, all German vessels were ordered to come home to Germany but the German fishing fleet left the Standard behind, laying with an anchor in the harbor of Akureyri. After lying with an anchor for long time, one day the Standard had disappeared. Now the Standard has been at the bottom of the harbor for almost 100 years and it’s still in good condition; you can go inside the wreck. You also have to see the art on the bow where the wood has been cut. There is usually a lot of fish life around and in the wreck.

  • Availability: All year (except when there are cruise ship in port of Akureyri)
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Please bring: Warm clothes.
  • Dive skills: Open water diver. If you don’t have a dry suit experience you can take the dry suit course with us. Note: Boat dive
  • Included: All dive equipment and light food.
  • Minimum: 1 diver
  • Price/person: 30.000 ISK