How big is the land area of Jan Mayen?
- The land area is about 373 square kilometers, similar to La Gomera in the Canary Islands or the Lake Garda in north Italy. The shape is quite peculiar, similar to a narrow spoon, stretching 53 km long from southwest to northeast.
It is 55 km (34 mi) long (southwest-northeast) and 373 km 2 (144 sq mi) in area, partly covered by glaciers (an area of 114.2 km 2 (44.1 sq mi) around the Beerenberg volcano ). It has two parts: larger northeast Nord-Jan and smaller Sør-Jan, linked by a 2.5 km (1.6 mi) wide isthmus.
- 377 km² (146 sq mi)
- 0 (up to 35 non-permanent residents)
- 2,277 m (7470 ft)
- Arctic Ocean
© Rolf Stange – Jan Mayen. The island is 53 km long (SW-NE) and just 2 km wide in the central part. Black circles: 17th century whaling stations. White circles: 17th century whaling stations (assumed). Squares: Stations (1. Eldste Metten = weather station 1921-1940. 2.
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JAN MAYEN ISLAND J. M. Wordie Read at the Meeting of the Society, 21 November 1921. Historical. COMPARED with other Arctic islands Jan Mayen is small in size and has no doubt suffered on that account; on the other hand, the extinct volcano of Beerenberg, with the exception of certain nunataks in Greenland, is the highest mountain within the ...
Jan Mayen is a small, isolated, volcanic island located about 600 km north of Iceland and about 500 km east of Scoresby Sound in East Greenland. It is 54 km long with an areal extent of about 380 km 2.
Oct 11, 2018 · Jan Mayen is a volcanic Island in the North Arctic Ocean. It is 55 km long (southwest-northeast) and 373 km2 in area and part covered by gla ciers; 114.2 km2 and receding. Jan Mayen may well be the world’s smallest continent, as it has it’s own tectonic plate.
- A Visit to The Fascinating Island of Jan Mayen
- Brief History of Jan Mayen
- Landing Båtvika, at The Southern Part of Jan Mayen
- Volcanic Landscape
- Sailing North
After exploring the remote island of Fair Isle, our Atlantic Odyssey voyage once more turned its attentions northwards and left the outer extremities of the UK behind. Our destination was Jan Mayen, a volcanic island situated on the mid-Atlantic ridge just north of 71° (about 550 kilometers north of Iceland and 450 kilometers east of Greenland). Jan Mayen is reputedly shrouded in mist the vast majority of the time so it was a very pleasant surprise to see the conical crater appearing over the horizon. Over eighty nautical miles away and completely cloud free. © Karen Mulders - Jan Mayen landing beach
Jan Mayen was recorded in early manuscripts from Norse and Irish travellers but was first occupied in the 17th century by English and Dutch whalers. It was visited infrequently till the 1900’s and then in 1906 Norwegian trappers and hunters inhabited the island seeking the blue arctic fox for its fur. In 1921 a meteorological station was established and since then, the island has been continually occupied. It was officially annexed to Norway in 1930 and shortly after was the only part of Norwaynot under German occupation, despite a number of attempts. Now, it is run by the Norwegian military and supports meteorological science year round.
The Zodiacs left the ship and headed towards Båtvika (The Boat Cove), a bay lying on the eastern coast close to the Norwegian base. Even setting off in reasonably calm seas was no guarantee of getting ashore as even a small swell out at seas can dump large waves on the steeply sloping shoreline making for a tricky landing. We need not have worried. An idyllic cove fringed with ash black sand little troubled by the gently lapping water greeted us. Also there to greet us was an assembly of Norwegian base staff eager to welcome us onto and show off their island in the sun.
A steady stream of passengers followed our initial Zodiac disembarking with ease and steadily made their way northwards along the islands only road. Many stopped for some retail therapy at the base shop and nearly all explored the landscape beyond the base. The volcanic history of the island is evident all around and reminded me of islands in the South Shetlands. Jan Mayen can be approximated into two halves. The northern half of the island, Nørd Jan, is where Beerenburg the northernmost active volcano in the world lies. It has a classic ’Mount Fuji’ shape to it and sports a nice caldera when viewed from the satellite imagery. The southern end is no less volcanic but is a confusion of lava flows, striated hillsides and cinder cones. © Oceanwide Expeditions - Beautiful Jan Mayen Panorama The two sections are separated by a narrow isthmus of land sometimes less than 3 kilometres wide. One of the more magical experiences was when one paused and took in the volume of the kittiwake’s cal...
After an uneventful departure, we weighed anchor and departed Jan Mayen under darkening skies with poor weather encroaching from the south. The Planciusworked its way along the spectacular coast of Nørd Jan. Stratified volcanic cliffs could be scoured through binoculars for a myriad of seabirds until our attention was diverted to a pair of humpbacks. Lovely evening light on the summit of Beerenburg dispatched us north in search of the ice.