: Great Fjord
) is the body of water separating Spitsbergen
in the west from Barentsøya
to the east. Its southern limits are Kikutodden
in Sørkapp Land
east to Håøya
, and Menkeøyane
and northeast to Negerpynten
—the southeastern promontory of Edgeøya. Its limits on its eastern side are Sundneset
on the northern side of Freemansundet
south to Palibinramten
on the northwest coast of Edgeøya. The northern part is called Ginevrabotnen
, which lies between Olav V Land
Storfjorden was historically known as Wybe Jans Water, named after the Friesland whaler Wybe Jansz van Stavoren. The fjord was first labelled as such in 1620.
Storfjorden was the epicenter of a great earthquake February 20 2008 UCT.
- Conway, W. M. 1906. No Man’s Land: A History of Spitsbergen from Its Discovery in 1596 to the Beginning of the Scientific Exploration of the Country. Cambridge: At the University Press.
- Norwegian Polar Institute Place Names of Svalbard Database