Hooker Island is located in the heart of the Franz Josef Land archipelago, deep in the Arctic Ocean. A small bay provides an anchorage that can be busy with seabirds from nearby bird cliffs. Rubini Rock in Tikhaya Bay is an impressive rock formation with an intricate surface structure of curved basalt columns. Stark color contrasts are enhanced by bright lichens and lush green summer vegetation in less steep parts of the island. On Hooker Island one can encounter dramatic bird cliffs hosting breeding Brunnich's Guillemots and Kittiwakes (in addition to Black Guillemots, Little Auks and Glaucous Gulls) in July and early August. Seabirds are not the only wildlife to be found on Hooker Island; polar bears also wander the island’s shores. Ashore are the remnants of a research station that was in operation from 1929 to 1959.