The world’s northernmost island is discovered by ACCIDENT as Arctic explorers land on a patch of land… only realizing their historic find after it’s revealed on social media
- Danish scientists planned to go to the previous northernmost island of Oodaaq. to fly
- But they landed on an unknown stretch of land even further north in Greenland
- The expedition was led by Morten Rasch from the University of Copenhagen
A team of Arctic researchers think they’ve come across the world’s northernmost island.
The Danish scientists planned to fly to Oodaaq, which lies off the north coast of Greenland, and which previously held the title of northernmost island.
But they instead ended up on an unfamiliar stretch of land even further north — only realizing it when island enthusiasts pointed it out to them on social media.
Expedition leader Morten Rasch, from the University of Copenhagen, said: ‘We were convinced that the island we were standing on was Oodaaq, which until then had been registered as the northernmost island in the world.
The island (pictured), which may have been formed after a major storm, is located half a mile north of Oodaaq and consists mainly of small mounds of silt and gravel
“But when I posted pictures of the island and its coordinates on social media, some American island hunters went crazy and said it couldn’t be true.”
The island, which may have been created after a severe storm, is located half a mile north of Oodaaq and is mostly made up of small mounds of silt and gravel.
It measures just 100 feet by 200 feet and rises to 13 feet above sea level, the university said.
The team hopes to call it Qeqertaq Avannarleq – Greenlandic for ‘the northernmost island’.
They added that the island may soon disappear if another storm hits.