Sverdrup Island (Kara Sea)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For the archipelago of the northern Queen Elizabeth Islands, in Nunavut, Canada, see Sverdrup Islands.
Location of Sverdrup Island in the Kara Sea

Sverdrup Island or Svordrup Island (Russian: Остров Свердрупа) is an isolated island in the southern region of the Kara Sea. This island is covered with tundra vegetation. It is located 120 km north of Dikson on the Siberian coast. The nearest land mass is the Arkticheskiy Institut Islands, about 90 km to the northeast. The island has a wide bay opening towards the west. Its length is 15 km and its maximum width 10 km.

The sea surrounding Sverdrup Island is covered with pack ice with some polynias in the long winter and there are many ice floes even in the summer. This Russian island should not be confused with the Sverdrup Islands, an archipelago of the northern Queen Elizabeth Islands, in Nunavut, Canada. Both, however, are named after Norwegian polar explorer, Otto Sverdrup.


Sverdrup Island belongs to the Krasnoyarsk Krai administrative division of the Russian Federation. It is also part of the Great Arctic State Nature Reserve – the largest nature reserve of Russia and one of the biggest in the world.


See also[edit]

Coordinates: 74°35′N 79°27′E / 74.583°N 79.450°E / 74.583; 79.450