Jan Mayen: Beerenberg Volcano

Jan Mayen is dominated by a massive active volcano – Beerenberg Volcano. It was hidden by low cloud cover during our time on the island, but as we sailed by on the north side, the clouds open up and it came out in all its glory. The volcano is 2,277 m (7,470 ft) high – quite high when rising straight from the sea level – and is the world’s northernmost active volcano. The volcano is almost fully covered with ice, the crater on its top is filled with ice, and multiple large glaciers (five major ones) descend down the volcano and fall into the ocean. The most recent eruptions in 1970 and 1985 were flank eruptions.