Queen Elizabeth Islands
Canadian Arctic Archipelago
|Area||43,178 km2 (16,671 sq mi)|
|Length||371 km (230.5 mi)|
|Width||220–246 km (137–153 mi)|
|Highest elevation||2,210 m (7250 ft)|
|Highest point||Outlook Peak|
The Inuit people have lived on Axel Heiberg Island in the past, but no one has lived there by the time it was named by Otto Sverdrup, who explored it around 1900. He named it after Axel Heiberg, manager of the Norwegian Ringnes brewery which sponsored the expedition. Other explorers visited the island during the early 20th century, during which time it was claimed by Norway until 1930. It is now part of Nunavut, Canada.