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  Facts about Bouvet Island  
Bouvet IslandTerritory of Norway
Coordinates54° 25′ 48″ S, 3° 22′ 48″ E
Location South Atlantic Ocean
Capital Oslo
Area49 km2, 19 sq mi
Official languageNorwegian
CurrencyNorwegian Krone
GovernmentDependent territory
Time zoneUTC+1
Dialing code:BV
Internet TLD.bva

Bouvet Island Map
Popularly known as the Last Place on Earth, Bouvet Island is an uninhabited landmass near Antarctica in the South Pole.
It has caught the fancy of explorers, marine scientists, and researchers for its glacier covered extinct volcano, animals like penguins and fur seals, and being away from human civilization. Bouvet Island is surrounded by the Southern Ocean, best known for its whale population. Down the years the region has attracted a number of whale and seal hunting ships. The island, although, does not attract regular tourists; it provides a tempting challenge for the travelers interested in extreme adventures.

  About Bouvet Island
Located over 2,000 miles from the nearest habitation (Tristan da Cunha Island; better known as the most remote inhabited island in the planet), Bouvet Island is a Sub-Antarctic landmass with a major population of marine animals adapted to extreme cold climate. It has no human inhabitation though, and the only man-made entity here is an automated meteorological station, used by Norway to monitor the weather in the region. The island is under the administration of Norway. An interesting fact about Bouvet Island is that it has its own internet country code (.bv), which remains unused, since nobody lives or uses the internet in the island.

For an uninhabited island, Bouvet Island has a long history of struggle over its control. It was discovered by a French naval officer named Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier (1739), who gave inaccurate coordinates of the location of this island in the map. Subsequently, in 1808, the captain of a whaler ship of British origin, James Lindsay re-discovered the landmass and named it Lindsay Island. Later, while several others discovered the island, no-one stayed.However, in 1927, a Norwegian expedition decided upon staying for about a month and surveying this remote land. It was then that they claimed the island for Norway by hoisting their national flag, despite, the protest from the British for the claim.

  Geography of Bouvet Island
Spread across 49 sq kms, Bouvet Island rises from the Southern Ocean, about 1,750 kms from Queen Maud Land in Antarctica. Over 4,000 years ago, the island had an active volcano. In the present, the volcano is extinct and the only remnant is a large crater. Apart from the crater, the landscape of Bouvet Island is dominated by glaciers (93%), and flecked by rocky terrain in certain areas. The highest point in the island is at an elevation of 780 meters, known as Olav Peak (Olavtoppen in Norwegian). A polar view of the Bouvet Island shows an almost circular landmass with two capes at the head – Cape Circoncision and Cape Valdivia.

  How to Reach Bouvet Island
If you want to visit Bouvet Island you will need to be part of a research team going for an expedition to this remote landmass. Bouvet Island is not easily accessible due to the steep cliffs at the coast and high seas. In addition, being mostly covered by the glaciers, it does not have any ports. Thus, reaching directly by ship is out of question. Although, there are options for offshore anchoring and speed boating to the island. Then again, a safer and better way to reach the island is by helicopter that flies from an offshore anchored ship.

  Weather of Bouvet Island
Located near the South Pole and below the Antarctic Convergence, Bouvet Island has an extremely cold Antarctic climate. Along with the year round near-freezing temperatures (1 °C average in January, and -3 °C average in September), it experiences dense fog and frequent snow.

  Points of Interest in Bouvet Island
Bouvet Island is a natural reserve featuring glaciers, lichen and moss covered rocky terrain, and animals adapted to such cold climate, like penguins, seals, and migratory sea birds. Apart from the landscape, the island has an automated weather station set up by the Norwegians. Mountain climbers looking for a challenge can climb up the highest mountain here, which is Olav Peak.

  Accommodation at Bouvet Island
Bouvet Island is uninhabited and so there is no availability of accommodation or any other provision. Tourists need to be prepared before traveling to this most remote island on the earth.

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