Bouvet Island

Antarctic Peninsula

Region: Antarctica

Destinations: Bouvet Island

Bouvet Island

Bouvet Island (Bouvetøya) is an uninhabited subantarctic volcanic island and belongs to Norway. The island was discovered on 1 January 1739 by Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier, commander of the French ships Aigle and Marie. ​This was the first time that land had been spotted south of the 50th parallel south.

Bouvet, who was searching for a presumed large southern continent, spotted the island through the fog and named the cape he saw Cap de la Circoncision. He was not able to land and did not circumnavigate his discovery, thus not clarifying if it was an island or part of a continent. His plotting of its position was inaccurate forcing several expeditions to fail to find the island again.

Bouvet Island: the most remote island in the world

Bouvet Island is a volcanic island constituting the top of a volcano located as the southern end of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in the South Atlantic Ocean and is the most remote island in the world.

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