Danskøya Island was the starting point of the expedition to
the North Pole in balloon of Andrée.
Near Danskøya, on Amsterdamøya are the remains of Smeerenburg,
one of Europe's northernmost outposts. Built by Dutch whalers in 1617,
Smeerenburg served as the centre of operations for the first intensive
phase of whale fishery in Spiztbergen. Smeerenburg was abandoned in
1660 with the decline of whaling.The population of Smeerenburg has
been estimated to have numbered around 200.
In North, Moffen Nature Reserve, a little
gravel island within North West Spitzbergen National Park is a important
resting area for walrus.
The North East (Ny Friesland) is the most frozen area of Spitzbergen
(Åsgärd's cap), also the least attended and the least charted.