The ice-domed Kvitoya Island is a remote outpost located just 98 km (61 ml) from Victoria Island (Russian Arctic territory, part of Franz Joseph Land), which is closer than it is to the Svalbard archipelago (its Nordaustlandet Island located to the west). The island covers a total area of approx 682 km2 (263 ml2) and is uninhabitted.
- Kvitoya Island is the easternmost part of Kingdom of Norway. On the east side of Kvitoya Island is the rarely visited Kraemerpynten. Since there are polar bears in the region, it may not be possible to land, but tourists can look for wildlife via zodiacs. There are often herds of walrus in the surroundings.
- The island of Kvitoya is almost completely covered by Kvitoyjokulen, an ice cap with an area of 705 km2 (272 ml2) with a hourglass-shaped dome, that has given it its name. The ice-free land areas are very barren and rocky, only a few square kilometres large, as the largest one is Andreeneset on the island's southwest corner.
- Andreeneset is one of these spits where the Salomon August Andree's baloon expedition to the North Pole in 1897 came to a tragic end. The S A Andree's (1854-1897) balloon was launched in 1897 and was airborne for 60 hours before it crashed.
- Kvitoya Island was discovered in 1707 by the Dutchman Cornelis Giles, and on maps it was popular under the name 'Giles Land' in different sizes, shapes and positions throughout the centuries. Its present name was given in 1876 by whaler Johan Kjeldsen of Tromso.
- Kvitoya is a part of Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve.
Highlights: Remote outpost, Kraemerpynten, Andreeneset
Kvitoya Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Kvitoya Island dock (anchor) either at Torellneset or Vibebukta Bay, Nordaustlandet Island.
Port Kvitoya Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Kvitoya Island, Norway. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|22 July, 2018|
|MS Spitsbergen||Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway|
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