Kirov Islands

The Kirov Islands or Sergey Kirov Islands (Russian: Острова Кирова, Ostrova Kirova or Aрхипелаг Сергея Кирова, Archipelag Sergeya Kirova) is an island group in the Kara Sea, Russian Federation. It is an archipelago of small islands covered with tundra vegetation located about 140 km from the coast of Siberia and 100 km to the northwest of the Nordenskiöld Archipelago.

Kirov Islands
Russian: Острова Кирова
Location of the island group in the Kara Sea
LocationKara Sea
Coordinates77°36′N 91°55′E
Total islands8
Major islandsIsachenko Island
Area280 km2 (110 sq mi)
Highest elevation57 m (187 ft)
Highest pointIsachenko HP


This archipelago, as well as Kirov Island, its northernmost island which is located at the northeastern end somewhat detached from the main island cluster,[1] is named after Joseph Stalin's politburo member Sergey Kirov. All islands are quite flat, mostly with sandy spits and coastal lagoons in their shores.

The group's largest island is Isachenko (Russian: Остров Исаченко),[2] named after Boris Lavrent'evich Isachenko Russian microbiologist and botanist of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. It has a surface of 180.6 km² and the highest point in the archipelago.[3] There is an experiment station (Polyarnaya Stantsiya) on Isachenko Island.

The sea surrounding the Kirov Islands is covered with pack ice with some polynias in the winter and there are many ice floes even in the summer. The strait between Isachenko and Slozhnyy Island is known as Proliv Aeros"yëmki.[4]

This island group belongs to the Krasnoyarsk Krai administrative division of the Russian Federation. They are also part of the Great Arctic State Nature Reserve (Russian: Большой Арктический государственный природный заповедник), the largest nature reserve of the Russian Federation.[5]

The Kirov Archipelago is not to be confused with Kirovskiye Ostrova (Russian: Кировские Острова), a historic district of Saint Petersburg formed by a group of three coastal islands in the Gulf of Finland north of the Neva river delta.[6]

See also


  1. "Ostrov Kirova". Mapcarta. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  2. "Ostrov Isachenko". Mapcarta. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  3. UNEP Islands
  4. "Proliv Aeros"yëmki". Mapcarta. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  5. Nature Reserve Archived 2007-10-08 at the Wayback Machine
  6. "Kirovskiye Ostrova". Mapcarta. Retrieved 21 September 2016.

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