A 63-year-old Dutch sailor has been missing in the Atlantic Ocean for several weeks.

Eugène Eggermont from Haarlem was last seen in early August between Iceland and Greenland.

The Dutchman departed on August 8 with a wooden sailboat from the southwest coast of Iceland to make the crossing to Greenland.

He would contact his family again on August 22.

At the end of August, however, his family had not heard anything from the man and signaled the Dutch coastguard.

He contacted the Icelandic counterpart, after which the search was started.

The Icelandic Coast Guard and the Danish army searched for the man's wooden sailboat with ships, planes and helicopters, but found nothing.

The Icelandic Coast Guard made another appeal on Facebook in early September, hoping someone would see the boat.

A few days later, the search was discontinued, since then there has been no active search for the Dutchman.

The search was made more difficult because the Dutchman does not have a GPS tracker with him.

He does have a device with which an emergency signal can be sent, but that has not been used.

Eggermont is described by his family as an experienced sailor and a true adventurer.

In the past he often sailed long distances on his own, especially around Scandinavia.

The family does not expect to find out what exactly happened to the man.