Jan Mayen Island is a volcanic island in an area partly covered by glacier, in Norway. For many years no one was allowed to visit the island, but recently the tiny island has become available to tourists. There are several large lakes on the islands, overshadowed by the Beerenberg volcano, which may be climbed with permission form the station commander on the island. Jan Mayen is home to many birds, from the albatross-like fulmar to the black-and-white puffin. Visitors will also see harper seals and various species of whale swimming in the chilly waters.