Bely Island

Bely Island (also spelled as Belyy and Beliy, Russian: Белый остров) is a relatively large island in the Kara Sea off the tip of the Yamal Peninsula, Siberia, Russia.[1] Close to the island's northwest tip, there is the Russian Experiment Station (Polyarnaya Stantsiya) Popov Station.

Bely Island
Native name:
Белый остров
Bely Island, Kara Sea
Bely Island
Bely Island, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug (Russia)
LocationKara Sea
Coordinates73°11′N 71°17′E
Area1,810 km2 (700 sq mi)
Length63 km (39.1 mi)
Width41 km (25.5 mi)
Highest elevation12 m (39 ft)
Highest pointBely HP
OblastTyumen Oblast
OkrugYamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug


Bely Island covers an area of 1,810 square kilometres (700 sq mi). It is covered by tundra, but some dwarf shrubs also grow on this island.[2] It is separated from the mainland by the Malygina Strait, an 8 to 10 km wide sound which is frozen most of the year.

This island belongs to the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug which is the northern part of the Tyumen Oblast administrative division of Russia.

Adjacent Islands

Within Bely Island's wide eastern bay there is a 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) long island called Bezymyannyy. Ostrov Tabango and Ostrov Tyubtsyango are located 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the south of Bely Island's SE corner.

See also


  1. Staalesen, Atle (26 August 2016). "Cleanup of Bely Island completed". The Independent Barents Observer. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  2. Vegetation on Bely Island
  • Satellite Views of Russian Experiment station Polyarnaya Stantsiya Belyy:

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