Franklin Island (Greenland)

Greenland Danish language Hans Island
Franklin Island
Nares strait border (Kennedy channel).png
Nares strait border (Kennedy channel)
Franklin Island is located in Greenland
Franklin Island
Franklin Island
Coordinates80°38′N 66°49′W / 80.633°N 66.817°W / 80.633; -66.817Coordinates: 80°38′N 66°49′W / 80.633°N 66.817°W / 80.633; -66.817
Highest elevation215 m (705 ft)

Franklin Island (Danish: Franklin Ø) is one of three islands located in Kennedy Channel of Nares Strait in the high Arctic and is part of the Qaasuitsup municipality, Greenland.


Franklin Island is the largest of a group of three islands off the Washington Land coast that includes Crozier Island and Hans Island as well. The former is also part of Greenland, whilst the latter's ownership is disputed between Denmark and Canada.

It is located c. 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Cape Constitution (Danish: Kap Constitution). It is predominantly light brown in colour, very steep-sided, flat topped, and rises to a height of 215 m (705 ft) on the Southeast side.[1]

The island is named after the British explorer John Franklin (1786–1847), by Elisha Kent Kane between 1854 and 1855 during his second Grinnell Expedition, after it was sighted by Hans Hendrik and the American William Morton in June 1854.

See also


  1. ^ "Franklin Ø". Mapcarta. Retrieved 8 April 2016.