Perhaps the isolation of this remote arctic island of Jan Mayen (70°59′N 8°32′W)—lying 600km north of Iceland, 500km east of Greenland and 1,000km west of the Norwegian mainland—calls like a siren from the heart of the far North Atlantic to all lovers and adventurers of the arctic. The history and untamed nature of the island are some of its greatest features and on a good day the 2277m high, world’s most northerly active volcano, the glaciated Beerenberg is certainly more than a “pennyworth of a mountain”.
This is the eight time Aurora has been here and every time Jan Mayen shows us something different. We have been here in cold, wintery conditions in early April and on clear sunny summer days in July and basically all variations in between. To get up here we have had fantastic sailing conditions, reaching for days on end on nice south-easterly winds. We have motored in calms and hove-to in storms with the Greenlandic pack ice nearby. We have brought bird watchers, radio amateurs but most often climbers willing to attempt a climb of Beerenberg. To stand on the Haakon VII´th peak of Beerenberg on a bright summer night after a long glacier climb is an unforgettable experience and one that will make you forget whatever trouble you may have had getting there.