Cruises from Jan Mayen Island
Jan Mayen Island is an elongated volcanic island in the Arctic Ocean and part of the Kingdom of Norway, lying 1,000 km west of the North Cape and at the same latitude. Its closest land mass is Greenland 450km distant, and 550km to the SW is Iceland. The island was discovered so often in ‘modern’ times – mostly by whalers – it has been given a dozen names. In the 20th C countries fought over control of its meteorological base.
Today Norway’s Armed Forces maintain a year-round radar station, supplied by ships anchored off shore, or planes landing on a black gravel airstrip (gravel being the island’s only natural resource).