Stefansson Island

Stefansson Island is an uninhabited island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, Canada. It has a total area of 4,463 km2 (1,723 sq mi), making it the 128th largest island in the world, and Canada's 27th largest island. The island is located in Viscount Melville Sound, with M'Clintock Channel to the east. It lies just off Victoria Island's Storkerson Peninsula, separated by the Goldsmith Channel. Stefansson Island's highest mount is 267 m (876 ft).[1] An automated weather station is located on the northern part of the island at Lat: 73.8 Lon: -105.3.

Stefansson Island and surrounding area
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LocationViscount Melville Sound
Coordinates73°30′N 105°30′W / 73.500°N 105.500°W / 73.500; -105.500 (Stefansson Island)Coordinates: 73°30′N 105°30′W / 73.500°N 105.500°W / 73.500; -105.500 (Stefansson Island)
ArchipelagoCanadian Arctic Archipelago
Area4,463 km2 (1,723 sq mi)
Highest elevation267 m (876 ft)
Highest pointunnamed

The first European sighting of the island was in 1917 by Storker T. Storkerson who was travelling with Canadian explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson (1879-1962), for whom the island was named.[2]


  1. ^ The Atlas of Canada: Stefansson Island, Nunavut, scale 1:100000 or larger
  2. ^ Mills, William James (2003). Exploring polar frontiers: a historical encyclopedia. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

Further readingEdit

  • Fyles, J. G. Surficial Geology of Victoria and Stefansson Islands, District of Franklin. Ottawa: Roger Duhamel, Queen's Printr, 1963.