The Recreational Mariner's Guide

4. Jan Mayen

Rules and Regulations


Jan Mayen is considered part of the Kingdom of Norway and, since 1995, has been administered by Statsforvalteren i Nordland (The County Governor of Nordland).



If you are planning to stay at Jan Mayen for less than 24 hours, you can contact the Jan Mayen Station Commander in advance. (Note that they use the same time zone as mainland Norway, not their geographic time zone.) If you are planning to stay for longer than 24 hours and up to 1 week, you must get advance permission from Chief of Police Nordland, and if longer than 1 week you need to get advance permission from the Norwegian Ministry of Justice. All contact information can be found on the Jan Mayen website linked to above.


Jan Mayen is uninhabited except for the staff of the military and meteorological station located there. Note that the station is not able to provide services (fuel, provisions, etc.) to visiting sailors and is not, in general, open to visitors.

VHF channels 16 and 60 are monitored by Coastal Radio North through a satellite link.

Nature Reserve

In November 2010 the island and surrounding waters to 12 nm offshore was designated a nature reserve, with no landing permitted except for two small areas adjacent to the anchorages of Kvalrossbukta and Båtvika. There is a list of rules and regulations, posted on the Jan Mayen website linked to above, in regard to the nature reserve.