Jan Mayen: View from the Sea

The first views of Jan Mayen were on approach and anchoring of shore. Heavily overcast and foggy, the mysterious island was all black from the volcanic rock and green from the moss covering the lava. Jan Mayen lies truly in the middle of nowhere – 600km northeast of Iceland, 500km east of Greenland and 1000km west of northern Norway. The southern part of the island is relatively flat, while the northern has a massive glaciated volcano. The isthmus in the middle has a couple bays where landing can be attempted.