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Both the ice covering the 2,277-meter (7,470-foot) summit and the five glacial fingers reaching down toward the ocean make the Beerenberg stratovolcano appear dormant. But in fact, Beerenberg is the world’s northernmost active volcano: It...

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Atlantic City was the humorously grand name for an American radio surveillance station built   on the northwestern shoreline of Lake Nordlaguna, at the foot of the volcano, during World War II. The station was built on the opposite side...

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Staffed by four people year round, the weather station at Jan Mayen is considered vitally important by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. Monthly mean temperatures run 21 degrees to 40.8 degrees Fahrenheit, a surprisingly tight range due to...

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Olonkin City, Svalbard and Jan Mayen

The island’s only permanent settlement, Olonkin City (Olonkinbyen in Norwegian) houses the handful of people who work at the research stations. The accommodations are surprisingly comfortable, with a lounge, a bar, and telephone and Internet...

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The Jan Mayensfield airfield serves Olonkin City, but welcomes just eight flights a year from Bodø on Norway’s northwestern coast. Lockheed C-130 Hercules turboprop planes operated by the Norwegian military deliver supplies and...