Rubini Rock

An impressive columnar basalt rock formation on Franz Josef Land’s Hooker Island

Rubini Rock

Region: Arctic

Destinations: Franz Josef Land

Hooker Island’s Rubini Rock

Far from a mere geological spectacle, Rubini Rock is also home to healthy colonies of seabirds. This columnar basalt formation is located on Hooker Island, one of the 192 islands in the Franz Josef Land archipelago, and was discovered by British explorer Benjamin Leigh Smith in 1880. In Tichaia Bay, we can often sail within a close but safe distance to Hooker Island’s amazing cliff face.

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