Management

Tobias Klose

Managing Director & Owner

Tobias started breath-hold diving for small coins in German high diving pools when he was 7 years of age. It wasn't until in 1995 that he learned to equalize his ears on a PADI Open Water Diver course. A few years later in 1998 he did his PADI Diving Instructor education on Roatan, Honduras. He is German but has lived in Iceland since 2001 with his wife Thorunn. Tobias started managing the operating business of DIVE.IS in summer 2006. With his long-time experience as a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and PADI Staff Instructor Tobias sets the standards for all dive courses and dive tours conducted by DIVE.IS.

Höskuldur “Hössi” Elefsen

General Manager & Chief Fulfiller of Needs

Hossi was born in Denmark but grew up in Siglufjörður, a small (former) fishing village in the very north of Iceland. He studied business at the University of Iceland and graduated with a B.Sc. degree before DIVE.IS fished him out of the crowd. Hossi enjoys it a lot when he gets out into the fresh Icelandic air & water to do some diving. His favorite dive site is the Underwater Hotsprings in Kleifarvatn but his ambition is to find to ultimate dive spot in Iceland... apart from Silfra, Strytan and the rest.

Þorvaldur “Valdi” Björnsson

Technician & Project Manager

Valdi is the rock in the stormy sea. He is a master electrician by trade and has worked self employed most of his life. He has vast experience in the building industry and has been in charge of large house building projects in Reykjavik for many years. Today he helps his sons in law running this company and is responsible for many of the practical aspects of the DIVE.IS equipment, cars, premises, etc. He is a BARE Service Technician and if something needs to be fixed… Valdi can do it and will do it... right away. It is invaluable to have a such down to earth, warm and experienced viking-original in the team.

Ásdís Dagnýjardóttir

Assistant General Manager

Ásdís is half Icelandic and half American. She grew up in the States, but spent each summer here in Iceland with the maternal side of her family. Ásdís studies the history of medieval art and literature and is currently writing a master’s thesis on medieval Icelandic manuscripts. However, her bookish interests are paralleled by her love of the outdoors, and Icelandic nature in particular.

Rüdiger “Rudi” Hahl

Operations Manager & Instructor

Rudi learned how to dive in the Red Sea and since that time he has enjoyed the marine worlds around Fiji, Thailand and the Dominican Republic. But, being a M.Sc. in Geography, it was impossible for him to resist the chance of diving in geologically active areas such as Silfra. He tends to say: “Who would want to dive with dolphins or clown fish if he can instead enjoy a stunningly beautiful pile of underwater rocks and stones!”   So he decided to do his professional diver training in Iceland with DIVE.IS. After that he has stayed with us and Iceland´s rugged surface and underwater landscapes, which continue to fascinate him!

María Edwardsdóttir

Debit Credit Diva

Maria has extensive experience diving into numbers. Her love of spreadsheets is widely known and she commonly refers to Excel as her favorite computer "game". She has accumulated a list of versatile job titles over the years and on her CV you will find "Computer hardware specialist", "Janitor" and "Entrepreneur" to name a few. Before she joined Dive.is she was managing a private clinic in between having a bunch of kids (now totaling 5) with her meteorologist husband Ólafur. Maria enjoys surrounding herself with fun and interesting people and thus is perfectly placed at Dive.is.

Kolbrún Ýr Gunnarsdóttir

Human Resources & Office Manager

Kolbrún is born and raised in Iceland but loves to travel and seek out new adventures. She loves to put her finger in organizing all kinds of stuff and likes to communicate and get to know people. Kolbrún loves beautiful things, nature and material so that is why she became a designer. She always has something to say when it comes to designing, whether it is how to organize the lobby or how the merchandising and image of the company should look like. Kolbrún wants to make the world a better place and is more and more into environmental and sustainable thinking. She is a happy mother of two almost grown up kids and loves to spend time with her family.

Zvjezdan “Jammi” Jovisic

Lead Guide & Instructor & Equipment Manager

Jammi was born and raised in Bosnia but moved to Iceland in 1993. He has his day job running his own bussines as a carpenter, also coaching handball. He first fell in love with diving as a litlle boy, thanks to TV and Jacques Coustou and the Calypso. Jammi took his first breath hold dives in Adriatic Sea and learned scuba diving with DIVE.IS in 2009, became a Divemaster in 2011, and an Instructor in 2013. When not in a dry suit, he spends most of the time with his family, he loves good esspresso and plays his guitar on almost every DIVE.IS hangout. His favorite quote is “where ever you go, there you are“ and he lives to capture every moment of life...

Sæunn Marín Harðardóttir

Marketing Manager

Sæunn was born in Iceland but began traveling the world at a young age from England to China. Her love for arts and music started at 5 years old when she began her Violin studies and 3 years later she went to her first Suzuki summer workshop in Blandford Froum, England. At 9 she visited Greece and fell in love with Greek Myth- and archeology and has had a deep passion for history and historical places ever since. In 2014 Sæunn graduated with a Multimedia degree and then went on to study marketing. She is known for need for creative outlet, whether that is digital design, coloring or most importantly photography.  Sæunn is a dreamer and adventure seeker, but has her feet firmly on the ground and enjoys nothing more than spending time with her family.


Office

Yana Saliu

Accountant

Yana was born in the East Siberian region of Russia. She loves doing bookkeping and dealing with numbers very accurately. She is always ready and glad to help those who are looking for any financial-bound answer concerning bookings. She knows very well that it´s not only numbers that rule the world but also love. The love of a mother, the love for nature and all the beauty of which it stems from. Iceland is without doubt the mirror of this beauty, where she lives happy with her family.

Júlíana Sveinsdóttir

Project Manager & Dream Broker

Júlíana was born in Sweden but spent her first summers in Iceland. Her family ultimately moved back to the beautiful south coast of Iceland. The ten years that she spent living on the south coast fostered her love of the outdoors and she succeeded in climbing every mountain in that area. Her need for adventure and new experiences became a core part of her personality from an early age. Full of ambition, she aimed for the sky and is currently a licensed private pilot. On her days off she collects flight hours towards becoming a commercial pilot. Júlíana therefore knows her way around Iceland, as well as the spectacular view from above. From working with private jets above the clouds to divers swimming between two continents, she wants to explore everything that Iceland has to offer. Juliana is also a certified tourist guide from the Guide school of Iceland and is happy to help you pursue adventures and fulfil your need to explore all the wonders of Iceland.

Monika Jovisic

Project Manager & Dreambroker

Monika is a small girl with big dreams. She was born and raised in Iceland while spending her summers in the beautiful mountains of Bosnia and warm beaches of Croatia. From early age she has had huge interest in history, specially art. She studied it for a while but she thinks the best way to study your interests is to see them with your own eyes. Therefor she uses every opportunity to travel the world. She also uses her beloved guitar as a stress release while singing along. Handball and photography are also a huge part of her life. She likes to challenge herself and chase after her goals. One of her biggest dreams and goals in life is to make a difference and make us all equal.

Efemía Hrönn Björgvinsdóttir

Project Manager & Dreambroker

Efemia is born and raised in small town named Sauðárkrókur in North Iceland. She loves spending time far away from the noise of the city and has a passion of introducing Icelandic nature to travellers. She tried living in Reykjavik but could not stand the noise or being so far away from nature so she now lives just outside the city.  She is outgoing person that loves all kind of outdoor activities such as running, hiking and horseback riding. Efemia has a B.A. in Folklore and can spend hours talking about elves and hidden people in Iceland. Some even say that she is part elf…

Lidija Jovisic

Project Manager & Dreambroker

I was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina where I grew up. I have always liked reading and learning new languages, so I decided to combine these two. After finishing  college , and becoming an English teacher I moved to Croatia where I have spent 6 great years working as a high school teacher, working in tourism during  summers and spending days having fun on the beach. I enjoy swimming, sunbathing, jogging, dancing zumba , riding a bike and watching movies.  My recent and the most beautiful hobby which keeps me fit  is my 1 year-old baby girl Anja. We have recently moved to Iceland and are ready to discover this beautiful country.

Guðbjörg “Gugga” Melsted

Manager Dive Expeditions

Gugga, as everyone calls her, was practically raised in tourism as she spent her early childhood travelling extensively with her parents around Iceland, specially the in the highlands, learning to swim in various natural pools around the country and later riding in one of her father's buses, cooking for tourists. She has also been a warden and a ranger in several huts and places in the highlands and considers the highlands as her "home". Gugga strayed away from tourism for almost a decade, into Archaeology, studying both in England and Sweden and learning to dive in the process. However, she finally found her way back into tourism and all the way to Iceland Dive Expeditions where her extensive knowledge of the country, as well as her knowledge of diving, comes in good use. Her favourite things are still old stuff, but also travelling and hiking as well as diving every now and then.

Elín Kristjánsdóttir

Project Manager & Dreambroker

Elín was born and raised in Iceland but became a world class wanderer during her uni-years that started in 2013, taking her laptop and suitcase across Australia, Asia and Europe. She has nearly graduated from University of Iceland as an English major and a writer, but she has decided to procrastinate her thesis for a semester or two because she is too busy living at the moment. The ocean owns her heart and she doesn’t mind surfing in the arctic ocean when the swell is juicy and diving into the deep when the swell is still. Apart from that she really enjoys hiking or riding scenery mountains and exploring the outdoors.

Ségolène “Sego” Jacob

Instructor & Project Manager

With a couple discover scuba dives under her belt Sego was instantly hooked on the underwater world. Working on sailboats around the Whitsunday islands in Australia she took every opportunity she could to go for a dive until deciding that it was a profession worth pursuing, and became an instructor.  After Australia she got the opportunity to work in Oman and then Malaysia. Now spoiled with warm tropical water diving, she wanted to explore the wonders of the great North, and - after being for a while a self proclaimed "wuss" when it came to the cold - could not be happier with the decision.  French by birth but crazy by nature, she is more than happy to show you what Iceland is all about, and it is hard to come by an instructor more energetic and enthusiastic than Sego. Every day is a new adventure that she is more than happy to share.

Aside from diving, she loves chocolate (among many other things) !


Lead Guides

Stefano Di Veglia

Lead Guide & Instructor

From having been in an harness, climbing on stages all over the world, Stefano became tired of the simplicity of this role and desired a new challenge, Diving. Then after Diving in the warm Carribean waters, it to had become uninspiring as well! An old friend met on a tropical paradise, contacted him and told him of a freshwater Dive like no other ... SILFRA! It was time for something new, ICELAND!! This breathtaking dive site brought tears to the eyes of the Italian Silver Fox, and he knew he was home!!

Siobhan Diana White

Lead Guide & Technician

Siobhan has been diving since 1999 and became both a BSAC and PADI instructor in 2008/9 in the murky waters of the UK. She has a BSc in Hospitality and Tourism and before joining the DIVE.IS team in summer 2011 she ran a marine conservation project in the Bahamas. She has a passion for marine conservation and can often be found regaling people about the amazing variety of life that can be found in our oceans, as well as how we should be working to protect it!

Louis Kotze

Lead Guide for Snorkeling and Caving Tours

Louis was born in 1985 and has been living in Namibia and South Africa for most of his life. He studied journalism and agriculture and started diving in the rough altantic seas of Cape Town. He finished his PADI Divemaster education with DIVE.IS in the beginning of 2008 and his PADI Diving Instructor course in October 2010. He has since then been guiding many of our day tours as well as longer tours through Iceland . He is the head guide for all snorkeling and caving activities.

Chris Muzzall

Lead Guide for Diving Day Tours

Chris, a keen marine conservationist, photographer and general all-round outdoor person, left the UK and the confines of his office in 2007. He became a PADI Instructor in March 2010 whilst living in South Africa before moving to the Bahamas in August 2010 to run a marine conservation project. Currently a Master Scuba Diver Trainer, in March 2012 he said goodbye to the sandy beaches and diving in board shorts and made the switch to enjoy all that drysuit diving has to offer... the crystal clear waters of Silfra. Being typically English abroad, when not leading dive or snorkel tours Chris is always on the hunt for a decent cup of tea... the search is ongoing!

Aron Bjarnason

Lead Guide & Instructor

Aron has gone from zero to hero with DIVE.IS over the last couple of years.
He was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1991 and is finishing his High School degree in the winter 2010. He will start a program on Tourism with the University of Iceland in 2011.
Apart from diving, Aron‘s interest is traveling. He has explored all corners of the Icelandic highlands since he started walking.
Aron is the youngest member of DIVE.IS and our divers and snorkelers love him for his calm and helpful attitude.

Tânia Roque

Lead Guide & Instructor

Tânia is Portuguese but relocated to Iceland about five years ago.  She fell in love with diving here in Iceland.  For the last three years, however, she has been going between Iceland and Thailand for a perfect mix of diving locations. In addition to all water sports, Tânia loves travel, reading, yoga, animals, and music.

Scott Fitzsimmons

Lead Guide & Instructor

Born and raised in Canada but hiding from the cold for the last 4 years on sailboats in Australia and luxury resorts in Oman Scott has decided to go back to a climate where shorts don't exist. He is happiest either in the mountains or in the water and finally found a place with easy access to both. Just don't ask him to pronounce anything in Icelandic eh.

Tom Burrows

Lead Guide & Instructor

Tom comes from landlocked Stoke on Trent in England. His love of the water developed as a youngster from many weeks spent on the beaches of West Wales with his Grandparents. His diving life began in various locations around the midlands and the north of England, quarries, lakes, caves, slate mines and the sea. His passion for diving overcoming early winter morning journeys to dive sites. He knew this was the life he wanted, taking the plunge and going to The Cayman Islands in September 2013, to become a PADI Instructor. He obtained a position there teaching, guiding and sharing with others the love he has for diving and takes great pleasure in opening this world to others. However the Caribbean was left behind as Tom followed his first love of cold water diving to Iceland, a place that has fascinated him since he became a diver.


Guides

Davíð Sigurþórsson

Lead Guide for Multiple Day Tours & Expeditions

David became a PADI Instructor in 1996 in Phuket, Thailand and has worked as an instructor and divemaster in various parts of the world ever since. Having certified over 300 students from over 30 countries, David is one of Iceland's most experienced diving instructors. He has been with DIVE.IS, The Blue Army and Ársæll Marine-rescue unit since 2000 and knows the SILFRA area and other sites like they were his own back-yard. David loves leading our multiple day tours all around Iceland and our clients love him for doing so!

Ásgeir Jónsson

Guide & Instructor

Ásgeir was born and raised in Iceland and after years in the cold he decided to travel the world. After discovering the magic of the underwater world in 2008, there was no looking back for him. For a couple of years he was living in Vietnam working as a PADI Instructor, but kept on traveling the world extensively - diving wherever possible. Ásgeir has been developing as a diver ever since and now holds numerous specialities. In 2011 he did the PADI IDC Staff instructor course with DIVE.IS and is nowhere near finished!

Thomas Gov

Instructor & Guide

By the magic of life, Thomas was born and raised in the charming small city of Toulouse, south of France, in a family passionate by scuba diving. After spending his first early years using his snorkelling gear in the Mediterranean water of north of Spain as a real son of Cousteau, he made his first underwater air bubbles even before 6 years old! Maintaining the familial involvement for underwater exploration, Thomas became, in parallel of being graduated with a Master degree in the related field of Sport Science, a diving instructor with the CMAS organisation in France in 2010. Travelling the world and work as a dive instructor instantly became to him the best way to live a very pleasant life and so decided, after having done many French territories, to get certified as a PADI instructor. Strong by his numerous diving backgrounds worldwide, he will take you down in a real enjoyable way to make you, experience diving as it should be... safe and relaxing.

Catherine Jane “CJ” Howarth

Instructor & Guide

CJ has always loved the water and been diving since 2003, becoming a PADI Pro in the UK in 2008 and is now a PADI Master Instructor.  She is interested in learning about, exploring and conserving the natural world and has a Bsc in Conservation Biology and Ecology.  She has previously worked for marine conservation projects in Malaysia and the Bahamas, going on to explore the depths as a PADI Tec Rec Trimix Instructor in Honduras.  However having always loved cold water diving she was drawn back North, finding a great opportunity to join the team at DIVE.IS.  CJ is now enjoying everything the outdoor lifestyle of Iceland has to offer, usually with a cup of tea in hand!

Fraser Cameron

Instructor & Guide

Fraser was born in Scotland but learnt to dive whilst living in the South of France in 1999. Fraser is a qualified Marine Ecologist (BSc St.Andrews University and Masters Glasgow University). Fraser's love for diving grew in Europe but he completed his PADI Instructor course in Jordan during 2012.  While training in Jordan Fraser was introduced to technical diving and is currently one of a select few rebreather divers, and the only self-reliant diver instructor in Iceland. After teaching diving in the Red Sea and the Mediterranean island of Gozo Fraser came to Iceland to complete his PhD doctorate studies in Cod reproductive behaviour. Having lived in Iceland since 2012 Fraser is an experienced recreational and technical diver with a passion for exploring unusual and remote dive sites on this wonderful Island.

Robert Slight

Guide & Instructor

Rob is from the virtually unknown county of Lincolnshire in England with the glorious North Sea waters at Skegness and Cleethorpes on offer for divers. Unsurprisingly it wasn't until he embraced his inner geek and went to live in Middle Earth for a year and a half that he fell in love with diving and decided that he would like to do it for work. Having done his Divemaster then become an instructor in the wreck haven of Scapa Flow in Orkney and stayed there for a few years, he once again followed his bookish ways and came to the land of Ice and Fire to try explore some of Westeros and maybe stumble across Emilia Clarke whilst here!

Ants Stern

Instructor & Guide

Ants was born in imaginary country called Estonia. Soon after he learned how to to walk, he started thinking about scuba diving. He was thinking about it for a while and in 2012, he had his first dive. For few years Ants worked as a physical therapist with different Estonian national teams, but one day, he ended up travelling around the world with his backpack and discovered magical underwater world in more than ten countries - Estonia, Australia, Tahiti, Tonga, Niue, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Thailand, Italy et cetera - these are some countries he tried to have conversations with some local fishes and other sealife. One day he got stuck in Thailand for a year, where he worked as a instructor and started to freedive. Soon after, Ants decided to listen to his friend who invited him to work in Iceland and now he is here. Secretly listening Sigur Ros from his iPod and dreaming about getting to the water as many time as possible. If it happens that he is not under water or listening music, he is reading a book or eating some cheese.

Eleonora Bilei

Eleonora was born in Italy, were she grew up. Since she was a kid Ele always dreamed to travel and discover the world. Ele discovered the amazing submarine world just few years ago. But ever since, the wonder of the water is always calling her. After she graduated as a teacher, she finally became a scuba instructor in the Dominican Republic, and after a couple of years spent traveling in the Caribbean sea, Eleonora began to realise that "diving is not just in warm water "...so, challenge accepted! She is here, in Iceland falling in love with the island and its nature. Ele has a big passion for the marine life and it´s conservation, as well for outdoor adventures. Being Italian, she has a big passion for cooking and good food.

Giancarlo Pinasco

Instructor & Guide

Giancarlo Pinasco is a Dive Instructor and Marine Biologist, born and raised in Perú. He started diving in 2008 as an elective course from its degree program. But it was after finishing his degree and working in several places around his diverse country, including guiding whale watching tours for several seasons, he realized being a Dive instructor was his real passion. After becoming a dive instructor in the Dominican Republic and working in warm tropical waters from Thailand to Maldives he decided to work with us in the Land of Ice and Fire, Iceland. Besides diving he loves free diving, martial arts and enjoying nature and wild life.

Marijo Jovišić

Guide & Handyman

I was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina where I grew up. From early childhood I was a big fan of extreme sports, especially snowboarding. I organized snowboard races and eventially became a  snowboard instructor. For the last 12 years I have lived in Croatia with my wife Lidija and we recently became parents of a beautiful baby girl Anja. My first ever dive was in the Adriatic Sea, after which I realized that diving was something I wanted to do my whole life. I have an extensive experience in the construction industry ever since my teenage years, which is something that I inherited from my father and grandfather. We recently moved to Iceland and have opened a new page in our lifes, ready to discover this beautiful country.  I have finally found the place where I can combine the two things I enjoy doing, construction and diving. If I could describe Dive.is in one sentence, it would be ''One big happy family''.

Jukka Siltanen

Guide & Instructor

Jukka was born and raised in Finland, and moved to Iceland in 2015. He started diving in Thailand in 2006 and the lovely cold-water reefs of Western Ireland lured him to the dry side in 2007. Since then he’s worked in diving and other projects in Israel, Tanzania and Finland. If you go for a fun dive with Jukka, be prepared to take it slow, because he likes to take his camera with him and focus on the smallest details you can find in the water. Jukka is a PADI & SSI Master Instructor, and also studying for his second Master’s in Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Iceland - he will have an intense chat about environmental issues with you if provoked!


Consultants

Tómas J. Knútsson

Papa Dive & Masterminder

Tómas founded the Sports Diving School of Iceland in 1997 and has owned and managed it until 2006 as Iceland's only PADI Dive Centre, setting the standard for recreational diving in Iceland. Tómas's passion has always been the environment and the fight for a better, cleaner future – both on land and under water. What began as a simple PADI Project Aware initiative became his main activity today: The Blue Army. The Dive Center has been his "soul" and he accompanies DIVE.IS as a consultant, Instructor, Story teller and much more...

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