Island on an Island

On May 20, 2009 · 2 Comments

Sometimes an island has a pond or lake that also happens to contain an island. That second island would then be called an "island-on-an-island."

Beaver Island, Michigan

Font Lake
An unnamed island on Font Lake, on Beaver Island, on Lake Michigan

Beaver Island is the largest on Lake Michigan. It contains several lowlands, marshy areas, and ponds which makes it a perfect candidate for islands-on-an-island. We found one on the northern part of the island, on Font Lake. The easiest way to get to Beaver Island is by taking the Beaver Island Boat Company’s ferry, the "Emerald Isle." It runs from Charlevoix, Michigan several times a day, and reservations are recommended if you are taking a car across during busy months. Beaver Island also has a small airport if you happen to own a plane.

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Here is the island-on-an-island pictured in the photograph. Font Lake is easily accessible from Beaver Island’s primary town, St. James.


Tjörn in Reykjavík

This condition exists frequently on large islands. In the example shown above, the originating island is rather significant: it is the country of Iceland. In this photograph a small island can be found on Tjörn in the midst of Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavík. This was an interesting aside but hardly significant compared to all the other incredible things we saw in Iceland.

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I’ll bet our readers in the United Kingdom know many examples of the island-on-an-island phenomenon. What are some of your favourites?

The next logical extension of this phenomenon would be a lake-on-a-lake-on-a-lake but I haven’t photographed one of those yet although I know that they do exist.

On May 20, 2009 · 2 Comments

2 Responses to “Island on an Island”

    • Correct. The progression would go:

      1. Lake (or sea)
      2. Island
      3. Lake on a lake
      4. Island on an island
      5. Lake on a lake on a lake
      6. Island on an island on an island.

      Here is an actual example of an island on an island on an island in Newfoundland, Canada (actually several of them).

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