Hofmann Island

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Location of the Franz Josef Archipelago

Hofmann Island (Остров Гофмана; Ostrov Gofmana) is an island in Franz Josef Land, Russian Arctic.

Hofmann Island is 13 kilometres (8 miles) long and its maximum width is 5 km (3 miles). It is located 8.6 km (5.3 mi) further east from Rainer Island and it has three small islets on its northeastern shores.

Hofmann island is the site of a snow runway.

This island has been named after Freiherr Leopold von Hoffmann, member of the Austro-Hungarian North Pole Society.[1] Northeast of Hofmann Island runs a 45-kilometre-broad (28 mi) channel known as Proliv Severo Vostochnyy, beyond which lies Belaya Zemlya.


  1. ^ Günther Hamann (1975): "Das Zeitalter Kaiser Franz Josefs im Spiegel der Topographie des Franz-Josefs-Landes". Publikationen aus dem Archiv der Universität Graz 4, pp. 139–151, (p. 146, german)

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Coordinates: 81°17′N 60°13′E / 81.283°N 60.217°E / 81.283; 60.217