This uninhabited volcanic island is almost entirely covered by glaciers
and is difficult to approach. It was discovered in 1739 by a French
naval officer after whom the island was named. No claim was made until
1825, when the British flag was raised. In 1928, the UK waived its
claim in favor of Norway, which had occupied the island the previous
year. In 1971, Norway designated Bouvet Island and the adjacent
territorial waters a nature reserve. Since 1977, it has run an
automated meteorological station on the island.