Jan Mayen Island - Norway

Jan Mayen is a barren volcanic island situated in the Arctic Ocean, between Greenland and Norway. It is 63 km (39 miles) long and 14 km (9 miles) wide and is dominated by Mt Beerenberg. You will see the Beerenberg volcano (2300m) piercing through the fog that perpetually hovers around the peak. This glacier-covered volcano is the northernmost active volcano on Earth and from its slopes, impressive glaciers spill into the sea. Until recently, the island was off-limits as it is a military base, and was rarely visited by tourists, but you can visit the weather station or walk across the island to Kvalrossbukta to look at the remains of a 17th century Dutch whaling station and a substantial colony of Fulmars. You can also sail by Koksletta where thousands of Little Auks and Brünnich´s Guillemots breed close to a glacier, watched over by piratical Glaucous Gulls. The island was discovered in 1607 by the English navigator Henry Hudson, but named for a Dutch sea captain, Jan Mayen, who had a whaling base on the island between 1611 and 1635. Whalers and seal hunters occasionally visit Jan Mayen, but the island is uninhabited except by the operators of the weather station. The following 13 cruises call at Jan Mayen Island. Discover more by clicking the cruise name or ship or click the Enquire button if you want to check availability and pricing.