Recherche Fjord

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Recherche Fjord is located on the west coast of Spitsbergen.

Recherche Fjord[1][2][3] (Norwegian: Recherchefjorden) is a small fjord on the south side of Bellsund, Spitsbergen. The glacier Recherchebreen debouches into the fjord from south, and Renardbreen from west.


The French corvette La Recherche, which the fjord was renamed after in 1838-39.

The fjord is named after the French cruiser La Recherche, which visited Spitsbergen in 1838 and 1839. Before being renamed, it had been called Schoonhaven (English: Clean Bay) by the Dutch since the early 17th century. The English commonly called it Ice Bay. Both countries established several whaling stations within the fjord in the first half of the seventeenth century, most notably Lægerneset on the eastern side of the fjord.


  1. ^ Ehrlich, Gretel. 2004. The Future of Ice: A Journey Into Cold. New York: Vintage, p. 165.
  2. ^ Hacquebord, Louwrens. 2012. The History of Exploration and Exploitation of the Atlantic Arctic and its Geopolitical Consequences. In Louwrens Hacquebord (ed.), Lashipa: History of Large Scale Resource Exploitation in Polar Areas (= Circumpolar Studies 8), pp. 127–146. Groningen: Barkhuis Publishing, p. 132.
  3. ^ Guijarro Garcia, Elena, et al. 2007. Bottom Trawling and Scallop Dredging in the Arctic: Impacts of Fishing on Non-Target Species, Vulnerable Habitats, and Cultural Heritage. Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers, p. 302.
  • 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

Coordinates: 77°31.5′N 14°40′E / 77.5250°N 14.667°E / 77.5250; 14.667