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Tommeløyane (Thumb Islands) is a group of islands in Hinlopen Strait, Svalbard. They are located towards Lomfjordhalvøya, and west of Fosterøyane. Among the islands in the group are Strilane, Tommelen and Steiløya. [1] [2]

Hinlopen Strait strait in Svalbard

Hinlopen Strait is the strait between Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet in Svalbard, Norway. It is 150 kilometers (93 mi) long and 10 to 60 kilometers wide. The strait is difficult to pass because of pack ice. It is believed to have been named after Thijmen Jacobsz Hinlopen.

Svalbard Archipelago in the Arctic Ocean

Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Situated north of mainland Europe, it is about midway between continental Norway and the North Pole. The islands of the group range from 74° to 81° north latitude, and from 10° to 35° east longitude. The largest island is Spitsbergen, followed by Nordaustlandet and Edgeøya. Administratively, the archipelago is not part of any Norwegian county, but forms an unincorporated area administered by a governor appointed by the Norwegian government. Since 2002, Svalbard's main settlement, Longyearbyen, has had an elected local government, somewhat similar to mainland municipalities. Other settlements include the Russian mining community of Barentsburg, the research station of Ny-Ålesund, and the mining outpost of Sveagruva. Ny-Ålesund is the northernmost settlement in the world with a permanent civilian population. Other settlements are farther north, but are populated only by rotating groups of researchers.

Lomfjordhalvøya is a peninsula at the northeastern part of Ny-Friesland on Spitsbergen, Svalbard. It is located between Lomfjorden and Hinlopen Strait. Former names of the peninsula include Terre Margareta and Margaretas Land. The peninsula is covered by two glaciers, Balderfonna and Torsfonna. It also includes the large nesting cliffs of Lovénberget.

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Danes Island island

Danes Island is an island in Norway's Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. It lies just off the northwest coast of Spitsbergen, the largest island in the archipelago, near to Magdalenefjorden. Just to the north lies Amsterdam Island. Like many of Svalbard's islands, Danes Island is uninhabited. The island has an area of 40.6 km2 (15.7 sq mi).

Wahlenbergfjorden fjord in Svalbard

Wahlenbergfjorden, sometimes known in English as Waalenburg Bay, is a fjord on the southwest coast of the Arctic island of Nordaustlandet, in Norway's Svalbard archipelago. At 46 kilometres (29 mi) in length, and 15 km (9.3 mi) wide, it is the fifth longest fjord in the archipelago, and the longest on the island. The fjord lies between Gustav V Land and Gustav Adolf Land, at geographical co-ordinates 79°40′N20°00′E. Its mouth faces Spitsbergen across Hinlopen Strait, the strait separating the two islands.

Woodfjorden fjord in Svalbard

Woodfjord is a fjord on the north shore of Spitsbergen island in the Svalbard archipelago. It is the fourth longest fjord in the Svalbard archipelago with the mouth facing north adjacent to Wijdefjord, and goes 64 km (40 mi) into the island, west of Andrée Land.

Vaigattøyane is a group of islands in Hinlopen Strait, between Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet of the Svalbard archipelago. The island group is named after Waygat, a previous name of Hinlopenstretet.

Isisøyane is a group of small islands east of Nordaustlandet, Svalbard. They were earlier regarded to be part of Nordaustlandet, an ice free point named Isispynten. After the retreat of Austfonna, the islands appeared as islands. They were named Isisøyane in 2009.

Torellneset is a headland at the southwestern side of Nordaustlandet, Svalbard. The headland is named after geologist Otto Martin Torell. It is located south of the glacier Vegafonna and is the southwestern point of Gustav Adolf Land. Outside the headland is the island of Perthesøya.

Berggrenøya is an island in Hinlopen Strait in the Svalbard archipelago, the most western of the islands of Vaigattøyane. The island is named after Swedish botanist Sven Berggren. The highest point is 23 m.a.s.l. Total area approximately 0,6 km2. acc. to Norwegian Polar Institute. Beggrenøya is included in the Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve.

Fugløya is an island in Albert I Land at Spitsbergen, Svalbard. It has a size of about 2.5 square kilometers, and is located off the peninsula Vasahalvøya, in the mouth of Fuglefjorden, and divides the fjord into two branches.

Franzøya is an island in Hinlopen Strait, south of Nordaustlandet, Svalbard. It is located south of Karl Alexanderøya, southeast of Torellneset. The island is named after Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. At the southern side of the island is the bay Pücklerhamna.

Karl Alexanderøya is an island in Hinlopen Strait, south of Nordaustlandet, Svalbard. It is located about four kilometers southeast of Torellneset, north of Franzøya. The island is possibly named after Charles Alexander, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach.

Krossøya is an island at the northwestern side of Nordaustlandet, Svalbard. It is located in the outer part of Murchisonfjorden, separated by Nordre Russøysundet from Søre Russøya, further east, and south of Depotøya. The name Krossøya originates from an old Russian cross, erected at the top of the island. Krossøya is included in Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve.

Søre Russøya is an island at the northwestern side of Nordaustlandet, Svalbard. It is located in the outer part of Murchisonfjorden, and is the largest of the group of three islands called Russøyane. The island is separated from Nordaustlandet by the strait of Søre Russøysundet. Further west is island Krossøya. The island has an area of about, 10 km2.. Highest point, 71 m.a.s.l.. Søre Russøya is part of the Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve.

Fuglesongen is an island in Albert I Land at Spitsbergen, Svalbard. It has an area of about 4.1 km², and is located in the archipelago of Nordvestøyane. Its highest peak is 387 metres. The island is named after its large number of birds, among which the little auk is particularly common.

Nordvestøyane is an archipelago in Albert I Land at Spitsbergen, Svalbard. Among the islands in the group are Fuglesongen (4.1 km²) and Klovningen (2.2 km²).

Slaklielva is a river in northwestern Sørkapp Land at Spitsbergen, Svalbard. The river flows from Gråkallbreen through Slaklidalen and across Breinesflya at the western coast.

Fosterøyane is a group of islands in Hinlopen Strait, Svalbard. They are located in the middle of Hinlopenstretet, north of Vaigattøyane and east of Tommeløyane. Fosterøyane are named after Arctic traveler Henry Foster. Among the islands in the group are Krylen, Pilten and Sværingen.

Dolomittøyane is a group of islands in Hinlopen Strait, Svalbard. They are located about five nautical miles south of the headland of Sparreneset, and extend over a length of about three miles, curving towards the spit of Gimleodden.

Smeerenburgfjorden is a fjord in Albert I Land at Spitsbergen, Svalbard. It has a length of about twenty kilometers and a width of about four kilometers. The fjord is named after the old whaling settlement Smeerenburg, which was situated at the southern part of Amsterdam Island. The fjord is located between the peninsulas of Vasahalvøya and Reuschhalvøya, and connects westwards through the straits of Danskegattet and Sørgattet. The Smeerenburgbreen glacier debouches into the head of the fjord.

Sørgattet is a strait in Albert I Land at Spitsbergen, Svalbard. It runs between Reuschhalvøya and Danes Island, and forms the southern entrance to Smeerenburgfjorden. Moseøya in Sørgattet has a rich birdlife and is protected as a bird sanctuary.


  1. "Tommeløyane (Svalbard)". Norwegian Polar Institute . Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  2. Arctic Pilot: Sailing directions SvalbardJan Mayen. 7. Stavanger: The Norwegian Hydrographic Service and The Norwegian Polar Institute. 1988. p. 355. ISBN   82-90653-06-9.

Coordinates: 79°32′48″N18°50′49″E / 79.5466°N 18.8469°E / 79.5466; 18.8469

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