Nightingale Island

Nightingale Island

Nightingale Island

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Nightingale Island is an island in the South Atlantic Ocean, 3 km² in area, part of the Tristan da Cunha group of islands. They are administered by the United Kingdom as part of the overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

Nightingale Island is part of the Nightingale Islands, which also includes islets Middle Island and Stoltenhoff Island. All three are uninhabited, but are regularly visited for scientific purposes and research.


Nightingale has two peaks on its north end. One is high while the other is high. The rest of the island is ringed by cliffs. However, these cliffs are not nearly as high as those surrounding Nightingale's neighbour Inaccessible Island, which is approximately 16 km away and has cliffs approximately 300m high. Thus human access is much easier on Nightingale than on Inaccessible.

Caves in Nightingale Island seem to indicate elevation.

The two nearby islets are called Stoltenhoff (99 m) and Middle (46 m).

Large amounts of kelp surround the island, which makes it harder to anchor ships in bad weather.


Nightingale was discovered along with Tristan da Cunha and Inaccessible Island in 1506 by Tristão da Cunha.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the Dutch and French governments as well as the British East India Company considered taking possession of Nightingale (as well as Tristan and Inaccessible), but declined due to lack of landing...
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