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Van Mijenfjorden and Akseløya, with Akselsundet to the left.

Akselsundet is a sound between Van Mijenfjorden and Bellsund at Spitsbergen, Svalbard. It has a width of about 1.2 kilometers, located north of Akseløya, and is the main entrance to Van Mijenfjorden. There are strong tidal currents in the strait, up to five to six knots.[1][2] The entrance is marked by a light at Birkelandodden, the northern point of Akseløya.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "Akselsundet (Svalbard)". Norwegian Polar Institute. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Arctic Pilot: Sailing directions Svalbard–Jan Mayen. 7. Stavanger: The Norwegian Hydrographic Service and The Norwegian Polar Institute. 1988. p. 213. ISBN 82-90653-06-9. 
  3. ^ "Akseløya lykt (Svalbard)". Norwegian Polar Institute. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Birkelandodden (Svalbard)". Norwegian Polar Institute. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 

Coordinates: 77°45′06″N 14°33′21″E / 77.7516°N 14.5559°E / 77.7516; 14.5559