From the Archive: Sjuøyane or the Seven Islands, Svalbard

Passengers on the Akademik Sergey Vavilov,  Sjuøyane  or the Seven Islands, Svalbard.

Passengers on the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, Sjuøyane or the Seven Islands, Svalbard.

Sjuøyane or the Seven Islands, is made up of seven islands and is the northern most landmass in Norway. Situated 20-kilometres north of Svalbard proper, these tiny islands are the last land between Svalbard and the North Pole. The Seven Islands are Phippsøya, Martensøya, Parryøya, Nelsonøya, Waldenøya, Tavleøya, and Rossøya.

The islands were named after members of various English North Pole expeditions. Phippsøya is named after Constantine John Phipps, who in 1773 tried to reach the North Pole by way of the Seven Islands. You can read an account of his journey online at this link: A Voyage Towards the North Pole, by Commander Phipps.

This photo was picked up by British Airways Highlife Magazine a few years back. It was used as the lead photo for an article on the Arctic and Antarctica.

Thomas Pickard