Bjørnøya is located in the Barents Sea between Svalbard and the mainland. The island is approximately 178 square kilometres (178 sq km). The northernmost part of the island is flat and the southern ends in high cliffs and cliff walls. The only settlement on the island is the meteorological station.

Bjørnøya has some of Europe's largest bird cliffs and it is believed that there are over 1.5 million birds here. The island is today protected as a nature reserve.


The largest cultural heritage site on the island today is the old mining town of Tunheim which was owned and operated by A/S Bjørnøen Kulkompani. At its peak, more than 180 people were overwintering in the mining town.

Bjørnøen AS owns all land and some cultural history buildings on Bjørnøya.

Articles of association & Organisation

The governor of Svalbard is the administrative authority and has supervision responsibility in the nature reserve. A management plan has been drawn up for Bjørnøya, which was approved in November 2005. The plan has been approved by the Norwegian Environment Agency in consultation with the Directorate of Antiquities. Articles of association.

A/S Bjørnøen Kulkompani was founded in Stavanger in the autumn of 1915, while Bjørnøen AS was founded on 3 June 1918.  The company's shares were taken over by the Norwegian state in 1932. In 1967 Bjørnøen AS was administratively subordinated to Kings Bay AS, with a convergence of the Board and the CEO and the same administration. The company also has no employees.