81st parallel north
The 81st parallel north is a circle of latitude that is 81 degrees north of the Earth's equatorial plane, in the Arctic. It crosses the Atlantic Ocean, the Arctic Ocean, Europe, Asia and North America.
Around the world
Starting at the Prime Meridian and heading eastwards, the parallel 81° north passes through:
Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes Atlantic Ocean Greenland Sea Arctic Ocean Passing between Arthur Island and Zemlya Georga, Franz Josef Land, Russia Russia Franz Josef Land - Salisbury Island, Ziegler Island and Greely Island Arctic Ocean Russia Franz Josef Land - La Ronciere Island Arctic Ocean Russia Franz Josef Land - Graham Bell Island Kara Sea Passing just north of Ushakov Island, Russia
Passing just south of Schmidt Island, Severnaya Zemlya, Russia
Russia Severnaya Zemlya - Komsomolets Island Arctic Ocean Canada Nunavut - Axel Heiberg Island Nansen Sound Canada Nunavut - Ellesmere Island Nares Strait Greenland Atlantic Ocean Greenland Sea