A special island

On our way North we stopped at Jan Mayen. A small volcanic island in the North Atlantic, often battered by waves and wind and impossible to land on. There are two possible landing sites, on either side of the island. Last year we weren’t able to land on either of the two, this year we could do both. Most of the guests walked from one side of the island to the other, I was stuck on the ship. But I had the opportunity to land on both sides and have a look at the moon-like landscape. Black beaches, due to the volcanic activity, very barren and little vegetation, it really looked otherworldly. I wish we could have stayed longer and spent more time exploring this island, but far too soon we had to continue further north. Maybe one day I’ll be back to see more of this very special island.

Moon-like landscape on Jan Mayen

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.



  • Jan Mayen is one of those islands – together with Zemija and Wrangel – that I’ve always been interested into, poring over charts since I was able to read them, asking myself how such remote places would look like. Thanks for the sneak preview, Arjen! Really jealous of your guests who’ve been able to go “cross country”.


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