Hinlopen Strait (officially Hinlopenstretet) is located between Spitsbergen Island and Nordaustlandet Island (Svalbard, Norway). The strait has length of 150 km (93 ml) and width of 10-60 km (6-37 ml). As a waterway, it is not easily passible due to pack ice in the region.
The strait is named to honor Thijmen Jacobsz Hinlopen (1572–1637), one of the leaders of Noordsche Compagnie (Dutch merchant and whaling company). Its northern part (between the peninsulas Mosselhalvoya and Storsteinhalvoya) is called Nordporten. Its southern part (Sorporten) widens up between Bastian Islands and the Brasvellbreen Glacier.
Hinlopen Strait was known to European whalers since the 17th century. It was extensively used for hunting purposes. Many scientific Arctic expeditions have passed through the strait in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Among those was the Russian-Swedish "Arc-de-Meridian" expedition (1899-1904), that had one main station in Sorgfjord. Sweden established its national station in Kinnvika (Murchisonfjord) in 1957, but the base was abandoned in 1959.
Hinlopen Strait is a scenic location featuring rich wildlife and intriguing history. Ice conditions are generally hard, not at least due to strong currents in the waterway. The region's flora and fauna include mostly little vegetation (mosses and lichens). The fauna is comparatively rich, consisting of large seabird colonies (predominantly Brunich’s Guillemots (stout) breeding on the steep cliffs. Polar bears and walruses are often seen.
Highlights: Alkefjellet bird cliffs, Palanderbukta, Torellneset, walrus, seals, and polar bears
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