Peter I Øy

Translated as Peter I Island, the uninhabited Peter I Øy is one of the most remote islands in the world

Antarctic Peninsula

Region: Antarctica

Destinations: Ross Sea

The Vacant Volcano of Peter I Øy

Peter I Øy is an extinct volcano located in the Bellingshausen Sea, about 450 km (280 miles) from the Antarctic continent, and measures 19 by 11 km (12 by 7 miles). The top of the volcano, Lars Christensentoppen, is 1,640 meters high (5,380 feet). Peter I Øy is claimed by Norway, and as of 2005 it is estimated that only 600 people have ever set foot on the island.  

Peter I Øy’s Slavic Past 

The island was discovered in 1821 by Russian explorer Fabian von Bellingshausen and was named in honour of Tsar Peter I of Russia. More than a century later, in 1931, Norway claimed the island. An automatic meteorological station was installed in 1987. 

Visiting Peter I Øy

We intend to visit Peter I Island on our Ross Sea voyages, using helicopters to maximize the chances of a successful landing. There are no wildlife colonies found on the island, but there is a breeding area for southern fulmars and Arctic terns. Adélie penguins, chinstrap penguins, and numerous seal have also been reported there.

 

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