The Euro 2016 quarter final between France and Iceland will kick off Sunday 3. July at 09.00 PM CET. Other media sites will handle what the players have for breakfast, what hair product they use, how much money they earn and who will start the match. WEDIVE.NO are here to give you the real pre-match warm up; A preview of their signature dive sites.

France

Submarine “Rubis” outside the French Riviera

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The wreck of the submarine Rubis can be found at a depth of 42 meters between Cavaliere and Saint-Tropez. She was deliberately sunk on the 31 January 1958 when the French navy used her for target practising. The dive site can be challenging with strong currents and waves, but when the conditions are good, it is a fantastic wreck. The wreck is more or less fully intact. The many highlights are the bow section sticking out of the sand, the tower and the rudder. The divers are accompanied by an enormous amount of fish which gathers around this artificial reef.

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The building of the minelaying submarine started in 1929. When France capitulated to the Nazis, she joined the British Forces and served in the free French navy the rest of the second world war. She operated out from Dundee in Scotland and had the Norwegian coast as her main battle field. Her mines sunk 22 ships in total. Twelve of them were German warships, and most of them were along the west coast of Norway and specially around Jæren outside Rogaland. The little submarine was the most successful unit of the entire free French navy.

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Iceland

Silfra – The best visibility in the world?

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France may be the home of Jacques Cousteau and the Aqua-lung, but Iceland got a real treat for the adventurous scuba diver which is not afraid of cold water. The Thingvellir national park is about a 40-minute drive from Reykjavik. The park is on top of where the American and Eurasian continental plates meet. The plates move approx. 2 cm away from each other each year and this cause a lot of earthquakes and volcanic activity. A freshwater crack or fissure has been created and spring water constantly flow into the crack. The spring water is from a glacier and filtered through the ground for up to 100 years. It is as clear as it gets. The visibility is more than hundred meters and only limited by available light.

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After swimming through the crack, one turn into the blue lagoon to finish of the dive. It is truly an outer space experience to be weightless in such clear waters. It literally feels like you are flying. During summer time, green algae is covering large parts of the site and make the experience even more surreal.

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Both teams can be proud of their signature dive sites. We wish them both good luck and may the best team win!

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