Dividing the waters of Van Mijenfjorden from Bellsund, this Arctic island is named after an historic expedition schooner


Region: Arctic

Destinations: Svalbard

The island of Akseløya

Akseløya is roughly 8.5 km long (5.3 miles) and only one km (.6 miles) wide, located at the mouth of the Van Mijenfjorden waterway in western Spitsbergen. Akseløya was named after a schooner Finnish explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld chartered for his 1864 expedition to Svalbard, the Arctic archipelago of which Spitsbergen is the largest island.

Title image by Troels Jacobsen

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