Nova Zembla was an island located off the Northern coast of Tartary, between the Kara Sea and the Arctic Ocean.[1] It was here that Iorek Byrnison crafted his own armour from sky-iron.[2]

Notable locationsEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Nova Zembla is likely based off the island of Novaya Zemlya in our world. The island is inhabited by large numbers of polar bears.



  1. The Subtle Knife, appendix
  2. Northern Lights, Chapter 13
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Subtle Knife, Chapter 6
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