Forlandet (aka Prins Karls Forland) island is located near Spitsbergen Island's western coast (Oscar II Land) in the Norway's Svalbard archipelago. The isle's entire land is included in the Forlandet National Park.
- The island has a total area of 615 km2 (237 ml2) and highest elevation point (Monacofjellet) 1084 m (3556 ft).
- The island was discovered in 1596 by Willem Barentsz. In 1610, Jonas Poole (1566–1612) named it "Black Point Isle". The island was called by the English "Prince Charles' Foreland" (after King James's son - Charles) and by the Dutch "Kijn Island". On the isle's northern headland, the English built a whaling station (called Fuglehuken today). There in 1946 was installed a radio beacon.
- The landscape has many contrasts with copper green grass fields, barren rock deserts and alpine peaks, all side by side.
- Near Fuglehuken (at the island's northern tip) is where Willem Barentsz (1550-1597) presumably set foot in Svalbard.
- Both Russians and Norwegians previously hunted here whales, polar bears and foxes. Archeological remains of bear traps, old trapper cabins and demolished set guns still can be found there. The bird mountains are full of nesting kittiwakes, puffins and polar guillemots, and travelers may also see the polar fox engaged in hunting. On Forlandet's opposite side at Sarstangen is the haul out place for walruses.
Forlandet National Park was created in June 1973. It covers the entire Forlandet Island and the surrounding sea area. The park has a total area of 615 km2 (237 ml2) and a marine area of 4031 km2 (1556 ml2). This wilderness reserve has the world's most northerly colony of pinnipeds (seals) and common murre (guillemot) population. The park is also a Ramsar site (wetland) and identified as an IBA (Important Bird Area) for its large breeding populations of barnacle goose, common eider (sea duck) and black guillemot (tystie). Seabirds can be seen to nesting on the cliffs. Along the coast can be seen harbour seals.
Forlandet Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Forlandet (Prins Karls Forland Island) dock (anchor) near Poolepynten - headland (length of approx 1,5 km / 1 ml) at its eastern coast
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