1. The promoters are: Arctic portal whose registered office is at Skipagata 12, 600 Akureyri, Iceland, DYKKE Bazaar / DIVE Planet members of AIRTicket Group AS Dronningens gate 23 0154 Oslo, Norway, Strýtan Divecenter, 25 Huldugil, 600 Akureyri, Iceland
  2. The competition is open to residents of the EEA (The European Economic Area) and Switzerland aged 18 years or over except employees of Arctic portal, Dive Planet, Dykke Bazaar, Strytan Dive Center and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organization or judging of the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. To entry the competition, an entrant should write a post on facebook in open access with the hashtag #proactivediving about him doing science support diving and sharing his ideas or suggestions on how science support diving can be improved.
  6. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.
  7. Closing date for entry will be 15 of January 2017. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  9. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:
    • The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
    • The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
    • The prize is as follows: a paid trip to Akureyri, Iceland, and the diving tour there. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
    • Winners will be chosen at random by software, from all entries received and verified by Promoter and or its agents.
    • The winner will be notified by email and/or DM on Facebook and/or letter within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
    • The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected / is delivered.
    • The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    • By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
    • The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by Icelandic law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Iceland.
    • The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current Iceland data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
    • The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by emailing the following address: info(at)arcticportal.org.
    • Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
    • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Facebook and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the following Privacy Policy found at http://www.personuvernd.is/information-in-english/greinar/nr/438

As we were creating the Sea Iceland website, a new project idea emerged: Pro-Active Arctic Diving!

The abundant and colourful underwater life combined with the challenges of cold-water diving make the NORA Region (Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Norway) an attractive destination for scuba divers. During the past few years, interest in diving in this region has been growing steadily.

In light of this, we've designed a separate platform to promote a NORA-funded project called Pro-Active Diving. The idea behind the proejct is to investigate the possibility of developing a niche eco-tourism market in the NORA Region in which divers can help scientists monitor the unique environment around them each time they go diving.

The project connects business support and development mechanisms, research institutes, tourism agencies and dive centres in the NORA Region. The partnerships we have been forging will facilitate the development of new marine research critical for the protection of our oceans whlie growing eco-tourism in the region. We also hope that this platform will help researchers connect with divers who are interested in contributing to scientific research while doing their favourite marine hobby!

We have created an online environment for divers to upload pictures, videos, and environmental measurements they take during their dives. The infromation divers collect will provide essential data to researchers studying the changes to the marine evironment, and help inform policymakers.

Help us out!

Thanks to funding from NORA, the partners invovled in Pro-Active Diving have been working on a proof of concept to investigate the full potential of developing this niche eco-tourism market.

You can help us develop this proof of concept by filling out one or both of the surveys below, depending on your profile. These surveys will give us critical background information about the interests of the diving community so that we can tailor the platform so that it is useful to all stakeholders and a valuable tool for environmental monitoring.

We would like to thank you in advance for helping us!

PRO-ACTIVE DIVING Workshop February 2017

Invitation and agenda


  • strytan
  • unak
  • Arctic Portal
  • frodskaparsetur
  • nora
  • Norðurland
  • Sirius Greenland

Associated Partners

  • Dive Planet
  • Dykke Bazaar

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It is generally assumed that Eyjafjörður was first settled in 890 by Helgi the Lean and his wife Þórunn Hyrna. Helgi was born in Ireland of a Swedish father and Irish mother. Þórunn Hyrna was born in Norway. Most people in Eyjafjörður, and indeed all Iceland can now trace their linage to these two.
The main attractions of Eyjafjörður at that time were fertile lowland valleys and the calm waters in the fjord, ideally suited for sheltering trade vessels. Commerce with agricultural products were important for the local economy from early on but the ocean gave valuable resources as well. For centuries, marine resources were harvested by small rowing vessels mostly for subsistence.
The most important fish in Iceland has always been the cod and fishermen in Eyjafjörður have fished cod since settlement. But the problem was that the cod in northern Iceland was available in greatest quantities in the summer. But in the summer all hands were needed on the farms gathering hay and tending the animals. The great cod fisheries in Iceland were therefore mostly along the southern and western coasts where cod was available in great quantities in late winter and spring. Farmers and farm workers from northern Iceland traversed the highlands each winter to participate in the spring cod fisheries with other people from other parts of Iceland.
This pattern began to change in the 19th century when the farmers in Eyjafjörður began to use large, decked sailing boats that allowed them to venture farther from the coast. The first commercial fisheries in Eyjafjörður did not specifically target cod, but Greenland shark for its oil rich liver. In the last decades of the 19th century the herring fishery began and northern Icelandic fishermen became the leaders in the herring fishing Greatly simplified, the social development of northern Iceland was therefore affected by Greenland shark and herring while in southern Iceland it was the cod that shaped the society.
Greenland shark fisheries gradually declined in the beginning of the 20th century due to competition from mineral oil. Then the herring took over as the most important commercial fishery in the north. Since the mid-20th century, and especially after the collapse of North Atlantic herring stocks in 1967, trawlers have become more and more important for fishermen in Eyjafjörður. Nowadays, about 20% of all Icelandic trawlers are based in Eyjafjörður and they are fishing all around Iceland, even outside Icelandic waters.
In addition to the commercial fisheries, the people of northern Iceland use the ocean as a basis for subsistance and sport fishing, farming of fish and shellfish, and recreational activities such as whale watching, scube diving, sailing, and kayaking. In recent years Eyjafjörður has become a popular stop for large cruise ships from Europe during the summer.