Rainer Island

Rainer Island
Russian: Остров Райнера

of the Zemlya Zichy subgroup of the Franz Josef Archipelago. Rainer Island is on its northeastern side.

Location Arctic
Coordinates 81°21′31″N 58°59′29″E / 81.3586°N 58.9914°E / 81.3586; 58.9914
Archipelago Franz Josef Archipelago
Area 139.8 km2 (54.0 sq mi)
Length 14 km (8.7 mi)
Width 14 km (8.7 mi)
Highest elevation 284 m (932 ft)
Highest point Kupol Vostok Vtoroy
Population 0

Rainer Island or Rainier Island (Остров Райнера; Ostrov Raynyera) is an island in Franz Josef Land, Russia. Lat. 81° 42' N; long 59° 00' E.


Rainer Island has a roughly round shape, with a diameter of 14 km (8.7 mi). Its area is 140 km2 (54 sq mi) and practically all of it is glaciated. Its highest point is 284 m (932 ft) and it is the summit of the Kupol Vostok Vtoroy (Купол Восток Второй) ice dome that covers the central part of the island.[1]

This island was named by the Austro-Hungarian North Pole Expedition after nobleman Rainer Joseph Johann Michael Franz Hieronymus, Archduke of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, also known as the Archduke Rainer of Austria, one of the aristocrats who helped to finance the private venture.

Rainer Island is part of the Zemlya Zichy subgroup of the Franz Joseph Archipelago. It is located east of Karl-Alexander Island and very close to it, separated by a 2.5 km (1.6 mi) narrow sound.

Coordinates: 81°21′31″N 58°59′29″E / 81.3586°N 58.9914°E / 81.3586; 58.9914

Adjacent islands

See also


  1. "Kupol Moskvy". Mapcarta. Retrieved 6 October 2016.

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