About Bouvet Island [ Dependency ]

Here we've distilled information and facts from various sources about the location, size, population, geography, transport, climate, economy, history, government, law, and so on, of Bouvet Island; into a view that makes sense for a traveller to, or within, this dependency.


Island in the South Atlantic Ocean, southwest of the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa)




Volcanic; coast is mostly inaccessible


lowest point: South Atlantic Ocean 0 m
highest point: Olav Peak 935 m

Geo Notes

Covered by glacial ice; declared a nature reserve by Norway

Approved Official Names

conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Bouvet Island

Natuaral Hazards


Environmental Issues


Legal System

The laws of Norway where applicable apply


This uninhabited volcanic island is almost entirely covered by glaciers and is difficult to approach. It was discovered in 1739 by a French naval officer after whom the island was named. No claim was made until 1825, when the British flag was raised. In 1928, the UK waived its claim in favor of Norway, which had occupied the island the previous year. In 1971, Norway designated Bouvet Island and the adjacent territorial waters a nature reserve. Since 1977, it has run an automated meteorological station on the island.

Economy Overview

No economic activity; declared a nature reserve

Bouvet Island location map

total: 49 sq km
land: 49 sq km
water: 0 sq km

Bouvet Island flag


Dependency Of

Territory of Norway; administered by the Polar Department of the Ministry of Justice and Oslo Police

Internet Hosts

6 (2010)

Internet Country Code


Ports & Terminals

none; offshore anchorage only