How we discovered the northernmost island on Earth

september 2, 2021 • Af

In July 2021 I participated on the scientific, climate-oriented Swiss-Danish Leister Expedition Around North Greenland 2021. Then, on July 27 five of us incidentally discovered what turned out to be the northernmost island on Earth. We landed in a helicopter in perfect weather a few kilometers north of the very uppermost tip of Greenland.  

Our expedition leader Henrik Lassen, a former Siriuspartrol member, collects samples from the new island. In the background Greenland’s coastline a mountainranges. (Photo: Christiane Leister)

Here is coverage from CBC in Canada, including a radio-interview:

Some of us took a short ceremonial swim to celebrate the special occassion – the air temperature was well beyound zero, the sun was up and shining.   (Photo: Morten Rasch).

Our discovery eventually created a significant amount of media attention. Reuters, the BBC, Associated press and others from around the world published their own versions of the story; using amongst others some of the video footage done by Swiss Artist Julian Charrière, who was also part of the team. 

Reuters published this piece, where some of Julian’s video is embedded:

I wrote about the discovery in Weekendavisen in Denmark, you can read my piece in English here on, in Sermitisiaq in Greenland and on in the Faroe Islands. What happended? Why is the island suddenly there? What happened to the other islands previously discovered in these waters? And what will be the name of the new island?

You can also read my piece from ArcticToday elsewhere on my website.