a1 Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER ([email protected])
a2 National Snow and Ice Data Center, CIRES, 449 UCB, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80309-0449, USA
The Arctic pole of inaccessibility (API), defined as the point on the Arctic Ocean that is farthest from any land, is commonly asserted to lie at 84° 03′ N, 174° 51′ W. We show that the true position is 85° 48′ N, 176° 09′ E, over 200 km from the traditional location. The reason for this error is unknown.
(Received June 2013)
(Online publication August 13 2013)