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Greenland Travel


Greenland, which means is the native Danish spoken there “Land of the Greenlanders” is province of Denmark.


The country is self-governing and is located between the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, which sits just to the east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Although Greenland is ethnically an island nation of the Arctic and therefore associated more closely geographically with the continent of North America, Greenland is historically and politically more closely related to European countries such as Iceland, Denmark and Norway.

Although Greenland has had a long history, it was only in 1978 that Denmark granted the province home rule, which made it an equal member of the Danish Rigsfaellesskab. Greenland is also noted specifically for being the world's largest island, and not a continent.

Greenland Travel


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Visitors to Greenland often enter the country with the impression that the country is as large as Africa, owing to its flattened appearance on globes. However, Greenland is closer in size to Mexico. Scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Greenland Sea, the Arctic Ocean and Baffin Bay entice visitors with stunning vistas. Many place names in Greenland simply reference a particular geographic feature. Names such as Kangerlussuaq mean simply “big fjord” so care in using maps is advised. The capitol of Greenland is the city of Nuuk, and like most Greenlandic cities, Nuuk is small enough for most of the inhabitants to know where important places are, and as such, few signs are put up throughout the country.

Transport

The major airport in Greenland is Kangerlussuaq Airport, situated on the West coast in the city of Kangerlussuaq. The majority of intercontinental flights connect mainly to Copenhagen. Air Iceland flies between Keflavik and Nuuk three times a week. There are also scheduled flights between the airport in Kangerlussuaq and Copenhagen, as well as between Kulusuk on the East coast and Reykjavik, Iceland. The only domestic flight hub in Greenland is the airport at Kangerlussuaq.

Climate

Greenland has a harsh, frozen climate, contrary to its milder sounding name. Eighty percent of the province is beneath ice up to four feet thick in many places. The summer days in Greenland are long and light, while winter days are dark and cold, owing to the countries proximity to the Arctic. The West coast of Greenland offers a more relatively calm and warm climate, with an average summertime high of 6C/40F. The capital of Greenland, Nuuk, is slightly warmer. The far south of Greenland boasts green pastures during the summer landscape, with rain falling in this region approximately every three days. The center of Greenland is inhospitable with summertime temperatures rarely exceeding freezing, and winter temperatures ranging as low as -60C/-76F.


 
 
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