Hovgaard Island

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This article is about the Antarctic island. For the island in Greenland, see Hovgaard Island (Greenland). For the island in Russia, see Hovgaard Island (Kara Sea). For the Canadian Arctic island group, see Hovgaard Islands.
Hovgaard Island
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Hovgaard Island
Hovgaard Island is located in Antarctic Peninsula
Hovgaard Island
Antarctic Peninsula
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 65°7′S 64°4′W / 65.117°S 64.067°W / -65.117; -64.067Coordinates: 65°7′S 64°4′W / 65.117°S 64.067°W / -65.117; -64.067
Archipelago Wilhelm Archipelago
Population Uninhabited
Additional information
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System

Hovgaard Island is an island 6 km (3 nmi) long, lying off the northwest coast of Kiev Peninsula, 2.8 km (1.5 nmi) southwest of Booth Island in the Wilhelm Archipelago, Antarctica.

It was discovered and named "Krogmann-Insel" (Krogmann Island) by the German 1873–74 expedition under Eduard Dallmann, but the name Hovgaard, after Polar explorer and officer of the Danish Navy Andreas Hovgaard,[1] applied by the Belgian Antarctic Expedition, 1897–99, under Gerlache, has overtaken the original name in usage. The name Krogmann Point has been given to the western extremity of Hovgaard Island.[2]

Hovgaard Island is a popular location for camping in Antarctica among expedition groups due to the presence of a relatively flat campsite along Penola Strait. Campers dig "snow graves" to sleep in. The holes offer protection from the wind.[3]

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  1. ^ Hovgaard Ø. In: Anthony K. Higgins: Exploration history and place names of northern East Greenland. Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland Bulletin Bd. 21, 2010. Copenhagen 2010, ISBN 978-87-7871-292-9
  2. ^ "Hovgaard Island". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  3. ^ Camping on Hovgaard Island -- TravelPod

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