Vestfold Hills

Vestfold Hills

Vestfold Hills (coord|68|33|S|78|15|E|) is an area of rounded rock coastal hills, 411 km² (200 square miles) in extent, located at the north side of Sorsdal Glacier on Ingrid Christensen Coast in Antarctica. The hills are subdivided by three west-trending peninsulas bounded by narrow fjords. Most of the hills range between 30 and 90 meters, the highest summit being nearly 160 meters. They were discovered and a landing was made in the northern portion on February 20, 1935, by Capt. Klarius Mikkelsen in the Norwegian whaling ship Thorshavn sent out by Lars Christensen.

The Vestfold Hills are named after Vestfold, a county in Norway where Sandefjord, headquarters of the whaling industry is located. This hill area and its off-lying islands were mapped from air photos taken by the Lars Christensen Expedition (1936-37). Further brief landings were made by Lincoln Ellsworth in 1939, and the area was photographed from the air by USN Operation Highjump (1946-47). Landings were made and exploration carried out in 1954 and 1955 by ANARE (Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions) led by Phillip Law. Davis Station was established by ANARE in January 1957.

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