Payer Island

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Payer Island
Native name:
остров Пайера
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Location of the Zemlya Zichy subgroup in Franz Josef Land
Payer Island is located in Russia
Payer Island
Payer Island
LocationArctic Ocean
Coordinates80°35′N 60°30′E / 80.58°N 60.5°E / 80.58; 60.5
ArchipelagoFranz Josef Land
Area151 km2 (58 sq mi)
Length20 km (12 mi)
Width12.5 km (7.77 mi)
Highest elevation452 m (1,483 ft)
Highest pointKupol Frolova
OblastArkhangelsk Oblast

Payer Island (Russian: остров Пайера, romanizedostrov Payera) is an island in Franz Josef Land, Russia.

This island was named after Julius Johannes Ludovicus von Payer an Austro-Hungarian arctic explorer and an Arctic landscape artist, one of the leaders of the Austro-Hungarian North Pole Expedition.


Payer Island is part of the Zichy Land subgroup of the Franz Josef Archipelago. Its area is 151 km² and it lies to the SE of Jackson Island. The headland at the northern end is Mys Nordik.[1] The center of the island is covered by an ice dome named Kupol Frolova (Купол Фролова). Its highest point reaches 452 m (1,483 ft).[2]

Adjacent islands[edit]

Very close to Payer Island, off its easternmost point, lie some small islands:

  • Stoliczka Island (Остров Столичка), the island farther offshore, is the site of a large walrus rookery. Lat 81° 11′ N, long 58° 16′ E. This island was named after Moravian paleontologist Ferdinand Stoliczka (1838–1874) by the Austro-Hungarian North Pole Expedition.
  • Apollo Island (Ostrov Apollonova) lies in the sound between Stoliczka and Payer Island. It is only 500 m across.
  • Milovzorov Rocks (Рифы Миловзорова), rocks awash located off the NE shore of Payer Island.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Ostrov Payyera". Mapcarta. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  2. ^ Kupol Frolova - Map, Weather and Photos - Russia

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 81°09′N 57°30′E / 81.150°N 57.500°E / 81.150; 57.500