Kongs Fjord

Kongs Fjord

inlet, Spitsbergen island, Arctic Ocean
Norwegian  Kongsfjorden,  

      inlet, Spitsbergen island (Norway), Arctic Ocean. Kongs Fjord is an arm of the Arctic Ocean measuring 16 miles (26 km) long and ranging in width from 4 to 9 miles (6 to 14 km). The head of the bay (southeast) receives the waters of the Kongsvegen glacier.

      Ny-Ålesund is located on the inlet's southern shore; it was once a coal-mining town but was developed as a centre for Arctic research by the University of Tromsø beginning in the early 21st century. Kongs Fjord has been a base for a number of polar flights, including that of Richard E. Byrd (U.S.) with Floyd Bennett (U.S.) and that of Roald Amundsen (Norwegian) with Umberto Nobile (Italian), both in 1926.

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  • Kongsfjorden — (Kongs Fjord or Kings Bay) is an inlet on the west coast of Spitsbergen, an island which is part of the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic ocean. The inlet is 16 miles (26 km) long and ranges in width from 4 to 9 miles (6 to 14 km). Two glaciers …   Wikipedia

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