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Panorama of an arctic island in Nordenskiöldbukta

Sabi­neøya­ne (“the Sabi­ne Islands”) are a small group of rocks islands deep in Nor­dens­ki­öld­buk­ta on the north side of Nord­aus­t­land, nor­the­ast Sval­bard. In other words, the end of the world. The­re is defi­ni­te­ly not much traf­fic here, at least not human traf­fic. The­se remo­te islands get far more visits by polar bears than by humans.


This was also the pro­blem during a first attempt to make a landing on Sabi­neøya­ne. The island was alre­a­dy occu­p­ied, the­re was a mother polar bear with her cub, enjoy­ing life on one of the rocky hills.

Sabineøyane: polar bears

Occu­p­ied! The­re was not­hing to be done about it. Polar bears have the right of way. Always.

During a later attempt, on a love­ly late sum­mer day, we mana­ged to make a brief landing and I had the chan­ce to take this pan­ora­ma image. The posi­ti­on is at the south end of the main island, which has some squa­re met­res of flat ter­rain with an easi­ly acces­si­ble shore­li­ne.

Pan­ora­ma Sabi­neøya­ne

Other than that, the­re is actual­ly not much to say about Sabi­neøya­ne.


View across the main island of Sabi­neøya­ne.

The main island is 1.7 kilo­me­t­res long and quite nar­row, it is rocky and has a hill on each end of the island, the hig­her (nor­t­hern) one being 101 met­res high. As the name of the islands, which is a plu­ral word, sug­gests, it is actual­ly a small group of islands. The­re is one – much smal­ler – neigh­bou­ring island on the west side, and seve­ral rocks and sker­ries.

Pho­to gal­lery: Sabi­neøya­ne

Not the big­gest gal­lery ever, but still – some impres­si­ons of Sabi­neøya­ne.

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



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last modification: 2022-06-16 · copyright: Rolf Stange