Fosheim Peninsula, about 10 230 km2
, on western ELLESMERE ISLAND
, is bounded south to northeast by Bay Fjord, Eureka Sound, Greely and Canon fjords. The northwestern part is low and undulating, but low mountain ranges in the east reach 1295 m, dotted with small ice fields and glaciers. Protected on all sides by mountain ranges, the peninsula is relatively sheltered and supports a polar semidesert. Arctic hares are periodically abundant; muskoxen are common, but caribou are scarce. The peninsula was sighted by A. Greely of the US Army in 1881, but was first explored in 1899 by the expedition led by Otto SVERDRUP
, who named it after a member of his party, Ivar Fosheim.
Eureka Weather Station
Photo by D.L. Stossel (courtesy Environment Canada).