Greenland

 

Located between the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Canada, Greenland is the world's largest island. It is about 81% ice-capped. Vikings reached the island in the 10th century from Iceland; Danish colonization began in the 18th century, and Greenland was made an integral part of Denmark in 1953. Greenland was given the right to self-government in 1979 by the Danish parliament.

The weather in Greenland is cold. It is artic or sub-artic with long, dark winters and cool summers despite the many hours of sunlight.

The most common language is Greenlandic which is a form of Inuit. Danish and English are also spoken.

The population is approximately 57,000. The largest city and capital is Nuuk where visitors can find most accommodations and dining options. Choices become limited in the smaller towns and villages. Seafood and Danish-inspired cuisine are the most common options in restaurants and hotels.

Air travel is limited. Air Greenland announced plans to begin summer-season direct flights to the U.S. east coast in May 2007.

Prices are high in Greenland.

The most common language is Greenlandic which is a form of Inuit. Danish and English are also spoken.

Violent crime directed at travelers is rare in Greenland but petty theft can be a problem. Visitors should exercise common sense and take normal precautions to keep personal items safe.

 

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