Edgeoya Island is one of the three islands in Norway's Svalbard Archipelago - together with Spitsbergen (the largest) and Nordaustlandet. The archipelago is located north of the Arctic Circle, about midway between mainland Europe (Norway) and the North Pole. The island of Edgeoya covers a total area of 5073 km2 (1960 ml2), ranking it the Svalbard's 3rd largest. It is named after Thomas Edge (1587-1624), an English whaler and merchant. Edgeoya Island is seldom visited today.
Along with Barentsoya and some of the neighbouring isles, Edgeoya forms part of the famous South East Svalbard Nature Reserve, which was established in 1973 by the Norwegian government. There is a large reindeer population, and Edgeoya Island is an important site for reproduction of polar bear. Moreover, the population of polar bear in this Barents Sea region is a unique deme (genetic population).
Edgeoya Island is the setting for a novel by Georgina Harding, The Solitude of Thomas Cave (2007), in which the title character successfully over-winters on the isle in 1616–1617.
- Kapp Lee is the island's headland - its northwestern point, located north of Dolerittneset Point and on the Stretehamna's southern side.
- Svalbard cruises are among the Norway's most popular ship travel destinations - together with Norwegian Fjords (along the country's coastline). In Svalbard, tourism have become an important industry, heavily supported (popularized) by "University Centre in Svalbard" and "Svalbard Global Seed Vault".
- Svalbard islands were first used as whaling bases (17th and 18th centuries), then were abandoned. At the beginning of the 20th century started coal mining operations, and several permanent settlements were established. In 1925, Svalbard was officially incorporated into the Kingdom of Norway. Today, Norway's Store Norske and Russia's Arktikugol are the only mining companies there. Instead of roads, the only transportation between the settlements is via aircrafts, boats and snowmobiles. Svalbard Airport (at Longyearbyen) serves as main gateway.
The list of Svalbard settlements (all located on the Spitsbergen island) include Longyearbyen (main and largest), Barentsburg (Russian mining community), Ny-Ålesund (research station) and Sveagruva (aka Svea, Norwegian mining community). Svalbard is the world's northernmost settlement with a permanent civilian population. There are other settlements farther north, but they are all populated by rotating groups of researchers.
Edgeoya Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Edgeoya Island (Svalbard) anchor in a harbor waterway (suitable site for ship anchorage) located south of Kapp Lee (the island's northwestern point) and north of Dolerittneset Point.
The Edgeoya Island cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Edgeoya Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway.
If you lose the Edgeoya Island location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.