Bouvetoya - Profile
- Bouvetoya (54°27.014' S, 03°18.05' E) (also known as Bouvet Island) is the most isolated island on earth. It lies 2000nm SSW of South Africa. It is a dependent territory of Norway.
- Glaciers cover 93% of the 54 sq km (21 sq mi) island and prevent landings on the south and east coasts, while steep cliffs as high as 490m (1607ft) block access to the north, west and southwest. Sometime between 1955 and 1958, a low-lying shelf of lava appeared on Bouvetoya's west coast, providing the only bird nesting site of any size on the island. The island is rarely visited.
- The island is not covered by the Antarctic Treaty.
It is useful to view this Norwegian website at www.npolar.no/en/regulations/the-antarctic/ for more information and to contact the Norwegian Polar Institute before planning to visit the island.
Last updated February 2016.
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