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The Beerenberg climb

A video of the indefatigable crew of Barba climbing the most inaccessible mountain in Norway. Dedicated to those who declined to come along to Jan Mayen 🙂  

Jan Mayen – the dive

Little time had been spent in the water since arriving at the island. We had one failed attempt to swim with a humpback that kept out swimming us (whales are good swimmers), and one occasion we had to swim a rope ashore to ensure a safe landing. The final day of the final hour before sailing south had arrived. It was time to get the dry suit on, and get into the water. Not the most spectacular dive I have […]

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The Ju-88 crash site on Jan Mayen

Jan Mayen has been important for predicting the weather in Europe ever since the first meteorological station was established in 1921. World War II was no exception. Norwegian troops were stationed on the Island to maintain the critical  forecasts, and was the only part of Norway not occupied by Germany.

First flight

My initial dream was to fly down from the Beerenberg. As the Barba spirit is not about being foolish, I had to abandon the plan. Better to walk up and down on the mountain, then to end the flight in a glacier crevasse or the sea. (Of course I greatly regretted this decision standing at the summit 2277 meters)

At the summit of Beerenberg, Jan Mayen

Back in port – Stavanger

Barba steamed through the calm waters of early in the morning Sunday, after what felt like a short 36 hours crossing from Shetland. It was a proud crew and captain that set foot on Norwegian mainland. In three weeks we sailed 2000 nautical miles (3700 km) reaching an island in the arctics visited by an average of five sailboats a year.

Jan Mayen update

First of all, sorry for failing to update the blog. The reason is quite simply that we have been extremely busy enjoying ourselves. In addition limited internet access makes it difficult to upload pictures and text. Consequently, we will have to publish material once we return to civilization about a week from now. Our stay at Jan Mayen has been full of highlights, including: – Climbing Mount Beerenberg (2277 meters), the worlds most northern volcano (and the coolest one). – […]

Land in sight

The last 24 hours we have been eagerly looking for Jan Mayen through the mist, equipped with camera lenses and binoculars.Our Jan Mayen book said that the Island could be spotted at a 100 nautical miles on a clear day. We started with a sharp lookout at about 130 nautical miles. About a day later we could still not see the Island. When we a 20 nautical miles could still see nothing but ocean, we started to worry that our free […]

Jan Mayen next

From the left. Henrik W. Nilsen, Jon Grantangen, Andreas B. Heide and Hanne Bowitz   After hectic preparations in Florø, and the arrival of the last crew member Henrik Nilsen, we are at last heading out to sea. Sailing to Jan Mayen is expected to be the hardest leg on the trip. The prevailing winds are from the North, and with a tight time schedule we have the less exciting but still fabulous ”Faro Islands” as an alternative destination. To improve […]