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Bay of Biscay
in Svalbard and Jan Mayen

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Bay of Biscay

The Bay of Biscay lies in the Svalbard and Jan Mayen archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. It is located between Norway and Greenland and is bordered by the Norwegian Sea to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. It is one of the most important bodies of water in Europe, as it provides a vital shipping route for vessels traveling between the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Bay of Biscay is a shallow, semi-enclosed sea and is known for its rough seas and unpredictable weather. Its waters are rich in fish and other marine life, making it a popular destination for fishing vessels. The bay is also home to a number of islands, including the Svalbard, Jan Mayen, and Bear Islands.

The Bay of Biscay has a long and rich history. During the Viking Age, it was a popular destination for Viking ships and an important trading route for goods and people. In the 17th century, the Dutch, Spanish, and English fought for control of the bay, with the English eventually gaining the upper hand. During World War II, the bay was the scene of several battles between Allied and German forces.

The Bay of Biscay is an important environmental area and is home to a variety of wildlife, including seals, whales, and seabirds. It is also a popular tourist destination, with many visitors coming to enjoy the scenery and take part in a variety of activities, such as fishing, sailing, and kayaking.

The Bay of Biscay is an important part of the Svalbard and Jan Mayen archipelago and has played a significant role in the history of the region. It is a unique and beautiful body of water that is home to a wealth of marine life and a popular destination for tourists and fishermen alike.

Excursion tips for a day in Bay of Biscay

As a tourist in the Bay of Biscay in Svalbard and Jan Mayen, there are a variety of activities to enjoy on a day trip.

1. Take a boat tour of the bay and its surrounding islands, and spot wildlife such as seals, whales, and seabirds.
2. Visit the Svalbard Museum to learn about the region's natural history and cultural heritage.
3. Hike to the top of one of the many mountains for spectacular views of the bay.
4. Take a guided kayaking tour through the fjords and islands of the bay.
5. Go fishing for cod and other fish in the bay's waters.
6. Explore the small fishing villages and settlements scattered throughout the region.
7. Visit the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which stores seeds from around the world in a secure underground facility.
8. Go bird-watching to observe the variety of seabirds that inhabit the bay.
9. Take a scenic drive around the bay, stopping at various points of interest along the way.
10. Visit the Nordenskiöld Land National Park to explore the rugged tundra and glaciers of this beautiful region.

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The climate in Bay of Biscay

The climate in the Bay of Biscay in Svalbard and Jan Mayen varies greatly throughout the year. In the winter months, temperatures can drop to -20°C, with strong winds and heavy snowfall. In the spring and summer, temperatures can reach up to 10°C, with some rain and occasional sunshine. Autumn brings mild temperatures and some rainfall. Overall, the climate in the Bay of Biscay is generally cold and wet, with temperatures rarely reaching above 10°C in the summer months.

Cruise weather for Bay of Biscay

Our weather forecast for Bay of Biscay helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Dec. 4th 2023 Dec. 4th 2023 max: -9.5 °C
min: -11.6 °C
19.4 m/s
25.2 m/s
10.1 %
23.6 m
69.0 %
1,032 hPa

Dec. 5th 2023 Dec. 5th 2023 max: -7.1 °C
min: -9.1 °C
20.5 m/s
26.3 m/s
10.4 %
22.3 m
72.7 %
1,038 hPa

Dec. 6th 2023 Dec. 6th 2023 max: -4.7 °C
min: -7.2 °C
26.6 m/s
44.6 m/s
10.7 %
21.9 m
72.6 %
1,036 hPa

Dec. 7th 2023 Dec. 7th 2023 max: -1.9 °C
min: -4.6 °C
42.5 m/s
56.9 m/s
81.5 %
18.7 m
77.9 %
1,024 hPa

Dec. 8th 2023 Dec. 8th 2023 max: -2.0 °C
min: -5.3 °C
34.0 m/s
40.6 m/s
83.4 %
19.3 m
80.0 %
1,016 hPa

Dec. 9th 2023 Dec. 9th 2023 max: -3.3 °C
min: -7.9 °C
11.5 m/s
13.7 m/s
79.7 %
3.8 m
89.7 %
1,011 hPa

Dec. 10th 2023 Dec. 10th 2023 max: -8.1 °C
min: -11.7 °C
10.8 m/s
11.9 m/s
61.7 %
6.8 m
83.4 %
1,011 hPa

Dec. 11th 2023 Dec. 11th 2023 max: -11.9 °C
min: -13.3 °C
10.6 m/s
11.6 m/s
47.2 %
22.7 m
77.4 %
1,015 hPa

Dec. 12th 2023 Dec. 12th 2023 max: -11.3 °C
min: -12.9 °C
4.1 m/s
4.7 m/s
18.9 %
24.1 m
76.6 %
1,020 hPa

Dec. 13th 2023 Dec. 13th 2023 max: -4.7 °C
min: -11.7 °C
11.9 m/s
11.4 m/s
93.8 %
10.2 m
81.7 %
1,022 hPa

Dec. 14th 2023 Dec. 14th 2023 max: -3.2 °C
min: -5.6 °C
35.9 m/s
52.4 m/s
88.7 %
18.9 m
77.0 %
1,011 hPa

Dec. 15th 2023 Dec. 15th 2023 max: -3.4 °C
min: -8.8 °C
45.0 m/s
58.0 m/s
100.0 %
24.1 m
69.7 %
1,013 hPa

Dec. 16th 2023 Dec. 16th 2023 max: -7.9 °C
min: -9.3 °C
15.1 m/s
14.4 m/s
92.2 %
5.1 m
83.0 %
1,023 hPa

Cruises to Bay of Biscay

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Scheduled ship calls in Bay of Biscay, Norway
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Maritime AIS Data Bay of Biscay

Other ports within 300km of Bay of Biscay

Port Distance
Pyramid Fjord in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 16,97 km
Temple Fjord in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 20,83 km
Longyearbyen in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 34,13 km
The Icefjord in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 45,68 km
Trygghamna in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 57,83 km
Ingeborg Mountain in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 91,14 km
Bellsund in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 100,06 km
Ny-Ålesund in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 100,08 km
Fourteenth of July Glacier in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 107,06 km
Kongsfjord in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 108,48 km
Research fjord in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 114,71 km
Kapp Lee in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 117,15 km
Sundneset in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 117,38 km
Mollerfjorden in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 117,46 km
Monaco Glacier in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 121,89 km
Lilliehöökfjorden in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 124,32 km
Northwest Spitsbergen National Park in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 132,05 km
Makeoyane in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 133,21 km
Spitsbergen in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 133,42 km
Carr Mountain in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 151,23 km
Raudfjorden in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 153,13 km
Alicehamna Bay in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 156,09 km
Crozierpynten in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 156,75 km
Smeerenburgbreen in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 157,72 km
Magdalene fjord in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 159,21 km
Mount Stelling in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 159,96 km
Woodfjorden in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 161,26 km
Smeerenburg Fjord in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 163,14 km
Gnålodden in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 166,97 km
Hornsund in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 171,99 km
Hinlopenstretet in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 172,40 km
Gåshamna in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 175,34 km
chin fold in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 176,54 km
Bråsvell Glacier in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 185,18 km
Ice bay in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 192,12 km
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