Signy Island is a small island in the South Orkney Islands. The Norwegian whaler named it after his wife. The island is about 6 km long and 5 km wide and reaches an elevation of 955ft above sea level. South Orkney Islands lie between the Scotia Sea to the north and the Weddell Sea to the south in the Southern Ocean. It is made up of two large islands (Coronation and Laurie) and a number of smaller islands and rocky islets. The South Orkney Islands are located in the Scotia Sea about 600 km northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula.
When was Coronation Island named?
The 33rd anniversary of the coronation of King George III was on 22 September 1793 when George Vancouver named the island.
Who is Signy in Norse mythology?
The ruthless King Siggeir had a wife named Signy. Sigmund was the youngest of her ten brothers. Their story is told in a book. Siggeir, king of the Goths, married Signy against her will.
Who owns South Orkney?
The islands have been claimed by both Britain and Argentina since 1962, when Britain became part of the British Antarctic Territory.
Can you visit Coronation Island?
It is a prime example of Alaskan Wilderness and receivesfew human visitors.