A hugely famous island due to its history as a centre for arctic exploration, Beechey Island is certainly not a holiday spot for the unadventurous as it takes effort and patience to get here but you will be rewarded with an otherworldly experience if you do. Home to scientific stations and numerous grave sites the island is remarkably stark and houses very little flora or fauna due to the unbelievably cold temperatures.
Visitors tend to come here as part of a cruise and are able to drop in for a number of hours to visit the sight of the graves left by the famous arctic explorer John Franklin and his men, and a remarkable cross made from the remains of the lead tins which held the food that the crew ate. There are unfortunately no facilities to stay on the island as it is uninhabited due to the remarkable arctic wind which prevails here but it is still a wonderful place to visit and to see the odd arctic fox which can stalk the grounds. The occasional scientific team camp on the island and are generally more than happy to receive visitors.
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