Arctic - Antarctica
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Prince Leopold Island is located in Nunavut, Arctic Canada. Approx 13 km (8 ml) to the southwest is the Somerset Island.
Prince Leopold is an uninhabited, oval-shaped island (sized east-west 14 km / 9 ml, and north-south 8 km / 5 ml), covering a total area of 64 km2 (25 ml2). Its highest elevation point is 265 m (869 ft).
The island was named in 1819, honoring Prince Leopold, who in 1830 became King Leopold I of Belgium (country's first ever king, 1790-1865).
Prince Leopold Island is designated as Important Bird Area and listed as "migratory bird sanctuary and terrestrial habitat site". Its fauna is largely represented by the seabird species thick-billed murres (aka Brunnich's guillemot), northern fulmars (aka Arctic fulmar) and black-legged kittiwakes. They breed on the island's cliff ledges, between late-May and mid-September.
Prince Leopold Island cruise terminal
Most cruise ships to Prince Leopold Island also anchor at Port Leopold - on Somerset island's northeastern tip.