Top 10 Largest Islands in the World

There are many islands on our planet Earth that vary in many factors like size, geography, climate, flora and fauna. It is assumed that there are about 2000 islands located on different Oceans. We are listing ten largest Islands in the world that are located in different part of the world.

Largest Islands in the World

1. Greenland Island

If you ask me what is the largest island in the world?, then the answer is Greenland. Greenland with a total area of 2,130,800 square kilometres is the largest island in the world. It is located between the Atlantic and Arctic Ocean. Greenland is the territory of Denmark. The 80 percent area of Greenland is covered with ice and glaciers. There are only 57600 persons living in this island. There are no roads connecting the towns of Greenland.

The Greenland has second largest ice sheets in the world just behind the Antarctica.

Greenland Island, Largest Islands in the World

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2. New Guinea Island

The New Guinea Island exists in the western pacific ocean and it is the second largest island with an area of 785 square kilometres. The island comes under two countries. The western part comes under Indonesia, and eastern part comes under Papua New Guinea. The New Guinea Island has a vast deposit of Gold and Copper.

The New Guinea Island has a maximum number of beautiful bird species that exist on this earth.

New Guinea Island

3. Borneo Island

The Borneo Island exists in the west mid-Pacific Ocean. This is the third largest island in the World. The Borneo Island is the only island in the world that is administered by three countries. The three countries are Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. The majority of the portion comes under Indonesia. The Borneo Island is the third largest island in the world, and it has almost doubled the land as of Germany.

The highest peak in Southeast Asia namely the Mount Kimabalu is located on this island only. The rainforest of the Borneo Island is one of the oldest among all the rainforest.

Borneo Island, Largest Islands in the World

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4. Madagascar Island

Madagascar Island exists in East Coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. It is the fourth largest in the world with the area of 587,713 square kilometres. It is considered that Madagascar Island was formed 88 million years ago by its separation from the Indian sub continent. There is approximately about 250000 species found in this island. The unique fact is that 70 percent of animals found nowhere else in the world. This island is also called an alternate world.
The cat-like looking lemurs are only found in the forests of the Madagascar Island.

Madagascar Island: Largest Islands in the World

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5. Baffin Island

Baffin Island located in Canada. It is the largest island of the Canada country with 507,451 square kilometres in area. The Baffin Island is extremely cold Island with an average temperature of -8 degree Celsius. Baffin Island is named after the person who explored Britain William Baffin. There are many famous species of animals live here like Polar bears, Arctic wolves and lemmings.

The Baffin Island has two National Parks namely Sirmilik and Auyuittuq. There are many glaciers lie in these national parks.

You can also read: Top 10 Best Islands in Greece To Visit

Baffin Island, Largest Islands of the World

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5. Baffin Island

Sumatra Island located in Indonesia. It is the fifth largest island in the world with 480,848 sq. Kms of land. The Sumatra Island is also the second largest island in Indonesia. Sumatra Island has very frequent earthquakes and Tsunamis. The reason behind is that Island is located at the subduction zone of Indo-Australian and Eurasian tectonic plates.

The most region of the island is covered with the dense rainforest. The Sumatra Island is also home to many endangered species. The species are Sumatran tiger, Sumatran orangutan, Sumatran Rhinoceros and Sumatran Ground-cuckoo.

Sumatra Island

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7. Honshu Island

The Honshu Island is the largest island of the Japan. It has a wide area of 225,800 square kilometres. The island is also unique since it covers 60 percent of the land cover of Japan. There are five important cities of Japan that come under this island. They are Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Yokohama and Osaka.

The Honshu island is the second most populated island and one of the largest Islands of the World after Java. Japan highest mountain Mount Fuji is located on Honshu island only. It has largest lake of Japan namely Lake Biwa.

Honshu Island

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8.) Victoria Island

The Victoria Island is located in Canada. It is the second largest island of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. It has a total area of 217291 square kilometres. The Island was explored by Thomas Simpson, who is also known for explorer of Arctic region. It was discovered in 1838.

As the name suggest, the Island was named after Queen Victoria. According to the 2006 census, only 1875 human live on this vast island.

Victoria Island

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9. Great Britain Island

The Great Britain Island located in The Northwest of the European continent and considered as one of the largest Islands of the World. It has an area of 209331 square kilometres which is making it the largest island in the Europe and ninth largest in the world. It is part of three regions England, Scotland and Wales. The Great Britain has pleasant and nice weather throughout the year. The Great Britain is also the most populated region of Europe.

It is considered that Human inhabitation started 500000 years ago on this Island.

Great Britain Island

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10.  Ellesmere Island

The Island is located in the Nunavut province of Canada and one of the largest islands of the world. It has a total area of 196,236 square kilometres. It is third largest Island of Canada and tenth largest Island in the world. The Ellesmere Island comprises of many ice fields and mountains. It is considered that Ellesmere Island has remains of last Ice age.

The Ellesmere Island has the highest peak of Nunavut province at an altitude of 2616 meters.

Ellesmere Island : 1 of largest island in the world

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