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Panorama of an arctic island in Nordenskiöldbukta

Score­s­by­øya (“Score­s­by Island”) is situa­ted in Nor­dens­ki­öld­buk­ta north of Nord­aus­t­land in nor­the­as­tern Sval­bard. In other words: the end of the world! The­re is the occa­sio­nal ship coming through the area on the way to the war wea­ther sta­ti­on Hau­de­gen deep in Rijpfjord, but not a lot of traf­fic bey­ond that. And even tho­se few peo­p­le who pass through here will usual­ly not pay much atten­ti­on to Score­s­by­øya, which is the lar­gest island in Nor­dens­ki­öld­buk­ta, with just under 6 kilo­me­t­res from the sou­thern end to the nor­t­hern tip. Near the north end, the­re are some rocky hill, the hig­hest one being 48 m high. The rest of the island is pret­ty much flat.


Some may con­nect the gene­ral area to the Schrö­der-Stranz expe­di­ti­on, which fai­led dra­ma­ti­cal­ly. In the late sum­mer of 1912, expe­di­ti­on lea­der Her­bert Schrö­der-Stranz left the expe­di­ti­on ship, the Her­zog Ernst, clo­se to Score­s­by­øya, with 3 more men to cross Nord­aus­t­land and Spits­ber­gen. They fai­led and were never seen again.


Score­s­by­øya: view from the hills in the north towards the sou­thern part of the island.

Pan­ora­ma 1: Score­s­by­øya (nor­t­hern end)

Both of the 360 degree pan­ora­mas were taken near the nor­t­hern end of the island.

Scoresbyøya, driftwood and plastic

Drift­wood and pla­s­tic on Score­s­by­øya.

Pan­ora­ma 2: Score­s­by­øya (nor­t­hern end)

The sou­thern part of Score­s­by­øya is most­ly flat, with some lagoons and shal­low sur­roun­ding coas­tal waters. Care is nee­ded for all navi­ga­ti­on in the area, inclu­ding small boats and espe­ci­al­ly on the west side of the island.

Scoresbyøya, southern part

The sou­thern part of Score­s­by­øya: lagoons and shal­low waters.

The­re are some more, smal­ler islands fur­ther west and south, inclu­ding Jyplin­gane and Sabi­neøya­ne.

Pho­to gal­lery Score­s­by­øya

And final­ly, as (almost) always, some impres­si­ons of Score­s­by­øya, inclu­ding some love­ly images from a bird’s per­spec­ti­ve.

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



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last modification: 2022-06-15 · copyright: Rolf Stange