Jan Mayen Island
Jan Mayen is an isolated Norwegian island halfway between Svalbard and Iceland. The most prominent feature on the island is the snow-covered volcano Beerenberg and its ice cap. Although the island and surrounding sea have been used for whaling and sealing, the only people living on the island now are members of the Norwegian Armed Forces and of the Meteorological Station on Jan Mayen’s southeastern side. During a nature walk leading up to the station and the long black sandy beach on the eastern shore several plant and bird species can be seen. The island is an important bird area because of Northern Fulmars, Brünnich’s and Black Guillemots and Little Auks nesting there.