Wandel Sea

Not to be confused with the Weddell Sea.
Wandel Sea

Western part of the Wandel Sea
Location Arctic Ocean
Coordinates 82°15′N 17°00′W / 82.250°N 17.000°W / 82.250; -17.000Coordinates: 82°15′N 17°00′W / 82.250°N 17.000°W / 82.250; -17.000
Type Sea
Basin countries Greenland and Svalbard
Max. length 800 km (500 mi)
References [1]

The Wandel Sea (also known as McKinley Sea[2]) is a body of water in the Arctic Ocean, stretching from northeast of Greenland to Svalbard. It is obstructed by ice most of the year.

This sea is named after Danish polar explorer and hydrographer, Vice Admiral Carl Frederick Wandel (1843-1930), who in the years 1895-96 explored the coastal waters of Greenland as part of the Danish Ingolf Expedition.[3]


This arctic sea is located at 82° north longitude and 21° west latitude. Seas farther north and northwest of the Wandel Sea are frozen year-round. The Wandel Sea stretches as far west as Cape Morris Jesup. Further west is the Lincoln Sea. In the south, it stretches to Nordostrundingen. The Wandel Sea connects to the Greenland Sea in the south through the Fram Strait.

The Independence Fjord and the Frederick E. Hyde Fjord are two great fjords of the far northeastern Greenland coast having their mouths in the Wandel Sea.[4]


  1. J. P. Koch: Danmark-Ekspeditionens Kort (PDF; 4,66 MB). In: Geografisk Tidsskrift. Bd. 21 , 1911–1912, p. 167–177 (in Danish)
  2. Seas of the World
  3. 'Wandel Sea' in the Great Danish Encyclopaedia
  4. Google Earth
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