It is a Natural Heaven, it has a Fresh Water Treasure Trove, it is excellent to observe the Northern Lights and contains the famous House of Santa Claus with his own study and post office.. Do you know where Santa Claus has his place?
#15 The Largest Island in the World
Greenland is situated some 460 miles away from the North Pole and is as large as 10 British Islands put together.
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#14 Drifted Away From Home
Geographically, this island looks like an extension to the North American continent, but politically it’s a self-governed province of Denmark.
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#13 Green Marketing Campaign
The first Vikings came to this island in 985 BC and called it “green” land to attract more people. It’s difficult to judge whether they were successful, because the current population is only about 56,000 people.
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Kidding about the latter, of course. But polar bears are indeed a prominent representative of the local fauna, represented on the state coat of arms of Greenland.
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#11 Occasional Light at the End of the Tunnel
The average winter temperatures range from -33 to -52 degrees Fahrenheit. It is usually warmer in coastal areas, especially the western one. In the summer temperatures can sometimes go up to +70 degrees.
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#10 Fresh Water Treasure Trove
The ice layer covering Greenland is about 4,920 feet thick on average. If all of it melted, the World ocean level would rise 23 feet.
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#9 Tricky Economy
The prices are pretty high on the island. Greenland has sufficient fish and seafood resources, and everything else has to be imported. Therefore, prices are generally 10-20% higher compared to those on the mainland.
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#8 Ecological Heaven
The most convenient transport for exploring the island is a sledge and dog team, especially since there are no roads or railways between towns. Just make sure to bundle up warm.
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#7 Majestic Aurora
The western coast of Greenland is an excellent place to observe the Northern Lights. And some lights they are!
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#6 Santa’s Homeland
Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, contains the famous House of Santa Claus, with his own study and post office.
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#5 World’s Northernmost Town
Due to its location, Upernavik has the harshest weather. It’s funny, but the name is translated as “spring place.” With average summer temperatures of 40 degrees Fahrenheit it sounds like bravado.
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#4 Iceberg Land
Disko Bay is probably the most renowned bay in Greenland. Its waters are constantly “sailed” by thousands of ice hills of different shapes and sizes.
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#3 Climber’s Challenge
The southernmost town of Greenland, Nanortalik, is surrounded by a whole “forest” of rocks and mountains. It’s excellent training even for experienced mountaineers.
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#2 Sun on Ice
During the summer solar radiation is quite high, reflecting from the vast ice surface almost 24 hours a day. Protective cream and sunglasses are a must.
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#1 Authentic Souvenirs
Souvenirs here are unique – they are not mass-made unimaginatively in China, but hand-crafted by local artisans. The most popular is the tupilak, which means “spirit.”
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