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Hermansenøya: a small island on the west coast of Spitsbergen

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Lichens, Hermansenøya

Rocks with lichens on Her­man­senøya.

Her­man­senøya is a small island in For­landsund on the west coast of Spits­ber­gen, bet­ween the main island and the long, nar­row island of Prins Karls For­land. It is just about 3 kilo­me­tres long and has a maxi­mum width of 900 metres.

Steilküste, Hermansenøya

Low coas­tal cliffs on the west side of Her­man­senøya.

Most of the coast­li­ne con­sists of low cliffs. But the­re are several pos­si­ble lan­ding sites on Her­man­senøya, for examp­le at the nort­hern end of the island.


View from the cen­tral hills Her­man­senøya.

Her­man­senøya is a bird sanc­tua­ry, which means that you have to keep a mini­mum distance of 300 m during the peri­od 15 May – 15 August. This is to pro­tect the nume­rous birds that use the island during the bree­ding sea­son. The spe­ci­es list inclu­des a remar­kab­le num­ber of Gre­at skuas.

From a distance, Her­man­senøya may not appe­ar to be very spec­ta­cu­lar. But a lot of the island’s beau­ty is hid­den in the details, such as the many colour­ful lichens that cover a lot of the rocks. Due to the bird sanc­tua­ry sta­tus, many visi­tors – out of the few who come at all – come in late August or Sep­tem­ber, when parts of the island may alrea­dy be cove­r­ed with ice or snow, which can add extra beau­ty to the sce­ne­ry.

Hermansenøya, Eis und Vogelfeder

Beau­ty hid­den in the details: ice and a fea­ther.

he rocks, by the way, are schist and geo­lo­gi­cal­ly qui­te old. Schist is a typi­cal rock for lar­ge parts of the cen­tral west coast of Spits­ber­gen.

The hig­hest part of the island is a mere 38 metres high, but nevertheless, the hills can pro­vi­de stun­ning views of sur­roun­ding For­landsund inclu­ding Dah­l­breen, a gla­cier on the near­by coast of the main island of Spits­ber­gen.

Schist, Hermansenøya

Most of the rocks on Her­man­senøya are schist.

Her­man­senøya: pho­to gal­le­ry

Final­ly some pho­to­gra­phic impres­si­ons of Her­man­senøya.

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.


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last modification: 2021-10-16 · copyright: Rolf Stange