Jan Mayen, Norway

Jun 21, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer


There is something mysterious and mystical about a foggy morning at sea. For a ship full of guests expecting to make land on an isolated island in the High Arctic ─a difficult feat even on clear days ─fog is a bit disheartening. Such was the case as we awoke this morning, sailing towards Jan Mayen, a group of volcanic islands belongs to Norway. You could say that Jan Mayen is the very definition of “out of the way,” or even “in the middle of nowhere.” A weather map of the islands could include the words foggy, misty, chance of rain, and heavy winds, and it would be accurate about 85% of the year. The fog this morning was merely testing our resolve, however. As we approached the islands, the fog lifted, and bright sun and blue sky appeared. As the curtain of mist rose, a wondrous sight met our eyes: beautiful Jan Mayen.

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Steve Morello

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Steve Morello has had a long and colorful career in the natural history world. Born in New Jersey he was lucky to be able to summer on the shores of Cape Cod. Whether it was exploring the tidal pools, snorkeling along the beach, or hiking in the dunes, it all came together to instill in him a deep connection to the natural world. It was no surprise that he would return to the Cape as a whale researcher in his adult years. It was on the Cape that Steve first became involved in guiding, and for 15 years acted as naturalist on whale watching boats in the Gulf of Maine. Steve worked with groups creating environmental education material for school programs and soon found another one of his passions, photography.

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