Vidin Heights

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Location of Varna Peninsula on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands.
Vidin Heights from Half Moon Island.
The summit Miziya Peak, with Zemen Knoll in the foreground.
Topographic map of Livingston Island and Smith Island.

Vidin Heights (Vidinski Vazvisheniya \'vi-din-ski v&z-vi-'she-ni-ya\) are predominantly ice-covered heights rising to 604 m on Varna Peninsula, eastern Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. The feature is approximately 8 km long from the north end of Leslie Gap east-northeastwards to Inott Point and 9.6 km north-northeastwards to Sayer Nunatak. The summit, Miziya Peak, is located 9.25 km north by east of Mount Bowles, 4.24 km north-northeast of Leslie Hill, 9.47 km south of Williams Point and 7.52 km west of Edinburgh Hill. The heights feature also Samuel Peak 1.9 km east-southeast of Miziya Peak, and Sharp Peak at their east-northeast extremity. The heights surmount Saedinenie Snowfield to the northwest, Rose Valley Glacier to the northeast, Debelt Glacier and Panega Glacier to the southeast, and Kaliakra Glacier to the south.

The feature is named after the city of Vidin in northwestern Bulgaria. This is one of the Bulgarian names bestowed on hitherto nameless geographical features by the Tangra 2004/05 Expedition.


The heights' midpoint is located at 62°31′40″S 60°07′30″W / 62.52778°S 60.12500°W / -62.52778; -60.12500Coordinates: 62°31′40″S 60°07′30″W / 62.52778°S 60.12500°W / -62.52778; -60.12500 (UK Directorate of Overseas Surveys mapping in 1968, rough Argentine mapping in 1980, and Bulgarian topographic survey Tangra 2004/05 and mapping in 2005 and 2009).

See also[edit]



  • SCAR Composite Antarctic Gazetteer.
  • L.L. Ivanov, Livingston Island: Tangra Mountains, Komini Peak, west slope new rock route; Lyaskovets Peak, first ascent; Zograf Peak, first ascent; Vidin Heights, Melnik Peak, Melnik Ridge, first ascent, The American Alpine Journal, 2005, 312-315.

This article includes information from the Antarctic Place-names Commission of Bulgaria which is used with permission.