Kongsfjorden

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Kongsfjorden as seen from Blomstrandhalvøya

Kongsfjorden (Kongs Fjord or Kings Bay) is an inlet on the west coast of Spitsbergen, an island which is part of the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. The inlet is 26 km (16 mi) long and ranges in width from 6 to 14 km (4 to 9 miles). Two glaciers, Kronebreen and Kongsvegen, head the fjord.

The coal-mining town of Ny-Ålesund is located on its southern shore and is one of only 4 permanent settlements on Spitsbergen. It is also a popular shore break for cruises although it is worried that tourism may cause interference with the sensitive scientific devices in the settlement.

Kongsfjorden was originally named Deer Sound by Jonas Poole (1610), and was known as such by the English whalers until at least 1658. Giles and Rep (c. 1710) were the first to name it Koninks Bay. William Scoresby (1820) repeats this error by naming it Kings Bay, while he moves Deer Sound to a bay in the northeast of the fjord. Modern cartographers have simply repeated this error.

References[edit]

  • Conway, W. M. 1906. No Man’s Land: A History of Spitsbergen from Its Discovery in 1596 to the Beginning of the Scientific Exploration of the Country. Cambridge: At the University Press.
  • Norwegian Polar Institute Place Names of Svalbard Database
  • Encyclopædia Britannica. "Kongs Fjord" Retrieved March 24, 2006.
  • Mount Holyoke College (2004). "[1]". Retrieved March 24, 2006.

Coordinates: 79°00′N 11°40′E / 79.000°N 11.667°E / 79.000; 11.667