Strytan Divecenter is owned and operated by Erlendur Bogason, your personal diving guide.
Strytan Divecenter strives to:
- Provide the most personal diving experience that you can find anywhere.
- Keep the diving groups small enough to give each diver a special diving journey.
- Caring for nature and treating it with respect.
Erlendur works as a commercial diver specializing in Research Diving and underwater photography. Since 2010 he has been operating diving trips with tourists at the chimney areas, Ásbyrgi canyon, Grímsey Island as well as teaching diving as a PADI instructor. He also serves on the committee for the protection of the submarine hydrothermal chimneys in Eyjafjordur, North Iceland.
Erlendur started his diving career diving for sea urchins in 1993. Three years later took a job at the Marine Research Institute of Iceland, where he learned underwater research from his mentor Karl Gunnarsson, marine biologist. Together Erlendur and Karl did underwater research by the volcanic island Surtsey where they dove by the new lava in Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar). Among other things they also did research on sea urchins (Strongilocentrotus droebachiensis) in Eyjafjörðdur, the ocean quahog (Arctica Islandica) in Þistilfjörður.
In 1997 Erlendur became a certified commercial diver and consequently discovered, and was the first to
dive down to the worlds largest geothermal underwater chimney in shallow water, situated just offshore
from Ystavík bay in Eyjafjörður.In 2001 the hydrothermal area became the first underwater protected area
in Iceland. The same year he dove down to wrecks located at the harbor of Akureyri ( a German bark
Standard built in 1874), in Krossanes and Hrísey.
In 2004 a new hydrothermal chimney area was discovered in shallow waters of Eyjafjörður and were
named Arnarnesstrytur. Since this discovery Erlendur has worked with the University of Akureyri and the
Icelandic Geosurvey on researching Arnarnesstrytur. In 2007 the Icelandic minister of environment
designated Arnarnesstrytur a protected area and Erlendur received special recognition for his work to
having the area protected.
Phone: +354 862 2949
Gamla Síldarverksmiðjan á Hjalteyri
VSK no. 86763
What are people saying about Erlendur Bogason – Strytan Divecenter:
“Best place and best rural divecenter in Iceland”……
“Unlike anything you will be able to experience first hand elsewhere”…….
“Wonderful diving the amazing volcanic cones at Strýtan with the man who discovered them!”……
Here we are, at GPS location: N 65°51.055′–W 18°11.583′
Hjalteyri home of Strytan Divecenter