Isøyane

Aerial view of Isøyane
Nordre Isøya
Isøyane
Isøyane
Isøyane
Isøyane

Isøyane

  • Country: 
    Norway
  • Site number: 
    316
  • Area: 
    230 ha
  • Designation date: 
    24-07-1985
  • Coordinates: 
    77°09'N 14°47'E
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Overview

The Site includes two islands off Spitsbergen – Nordre Isøya and Isøykalven – several smaller islets and the surrounding sea. Nordre Isøya, the northern island, is covered with rich, grassy vegetation and small freshwater ponds, while Isøykalven, the southern island, supports less-developed vegetation. The area is among the most important localities of Spitsbergen for the nesting barnacle geese and the common eider. Polar bears regularly visit the Site. Apart from the traditional collection of eider down and eggs, which is occasionally permitted and considered sustainable, human activities are restricted to research and monitoring. Isøyane is part of the Sør-Spitsbergen National Park, and is a bird protection area.

Administrative region: 
Svalbard

  • National legal designation: 
    • Nature Reserve
    • National Park
  • Last publication date: 
    20-03-2018

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