Northernmost island in the world discovered on Greenland Expedition

Last month, scientists set foot on the northernmost island in the world, off the coast of Greenland. The expedition members had set out to take samples, but were found to have entered the northernmost landpoint on earth. The 30-metre diameter island with a peak of three meters consists of mud, soil and rocks and earth that left moving glaciers.

โ€œIt was not our intention to discover a new island, says Morten Rasch, polar explorer and head of Greenlands arctic research station. The scientists first thought they had arrived at Oodaaq, an island that Danish researchers discovered in 1978. Later it turned out they were on another island, 780 metres north west. The team finds Qeqertaq Avannarleq a suitable name, which is Greenland for the northernmost island.

The discovered islet was previously covered by sliding ice, but according to scientists, it is not directly due to global warming that it has now been uncovered.

The island remains above water at the tide and meets the criteria to be called that, says Professor Renรฉ Forsberg, who advises the Danish government. He confirms its the northernmost island at the moment. Such islands come and disappear again according to him. Forsberg does not think that the discovery changes Denmarks claim in the north of Greenland.

In the area, American expeditions have been searching for the northernmost island in recent decades. In 2007, a similar islet was found nearby.