King Christian Island
King Christian Island is located in Nunavut
King Christian Island
King Christian Island
King Christian Island is located in Canada
King Christian Island
King Christian Island
LocationArctic Ocean
Coordinates77°45′N 102°00′W / 77.750°N 102.000°W / 77.750; -102.000 (King Christian Island)
ArchipelagoSverdrup Islands
Queen Elizabeth Islands
Arctic Archipelago
Area645 km2 (249 sq mi)
Length39 km (24.2 mi)
Width26 km (16.2 mi)
Highest elevation165 m (541 ft)
Highest pointKing Christian Mountain[1]
Source: King Christian Island at Atlas of Canada

King Christian Island is an uninhabited member of the Arctic Archipelago in the Sverdrup Islands, a part of the Queen Elizabeth Islands archipelago, in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. It lies in the Arctic Ocean, 13.5 km (8.4 mi) from the southwestern coast of Ellef Ringnes Island, separated by the Danish Strait.

The first European to visit the island was Gunnar Isachsen in 1901.[2] Vilhjalmur Stefansson charted its southern coast in 1916.[3]

The island has an area of 645 km2 (249 sq mi), measures 38.8 kilometres (24.1 mi) long and 25.7 kilometres (16.0 mi) wide.


  1. ^ "King Christian Island". Archived from the original on December 23, 2010. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
  2. ^ Sverdrup, Otto and Ethel Harriet Hearn (1904). New Land; Four Years in the Arctic Regions. London: Longmans, Green, and Co.
  3. ^ Stefansson, Vilhjalmur (1922). The Friendly Arctic: The Story of Five Years in Polar Regions. New York: Macmillan.

Further reading

  • Balkwill, H. R., and Roy, K. J.; Geology of King Christian Island, District of Franklin. Ottawa: Minister of Supply and Services Canada, 1977. ISBN 0-660-00835-1