Information about Grænland

 

Greenland is the world's largest island,covering  2,166,086 km2 (836,330 sq mi) and is  located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

Physigraphically Greenland belongs to North America, however it has been under the Danish crown since the 18th century, though it is autonomous, having been granted home rule in 1979 and gaining more autonomy following a national referendum in 2008. The country is approachable by air and sea.

Greenland has been inhabited, though not continuously, by people of the Artic by way of Canada  for 4,500 to 5,000 years. In the 10th century, Nordic men settled on the part of Greenland, then uninhabited. Eric the Red sailed there from Iceland and settled in Brattahlid in the southwest. The inuit arrived in the late 13th century and by the 15th century the last Nordic colonies were abandoned.

The Greenland ice sheets covers around 81% of the country.  All towns and settlements of Greenland are situated along the ice-free coast, with the population being concentrated on the west coast. The northeastern part of Greenland is not part of any municipality, but is the site of the world's largest national park, Northeast Greenland National Park.

The culture is a blend of traditional inuit and Scandinavian cultures. Main languages are Inuit and Danish. Inuit art dates back thousands of years and remains strong. Sperm whale ivory is still common in carving. Greenland has also a vibrant, if small music scene.

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Látrabjarg

Wikimedia. Creative Commons. Credit: ProgressChrome.  Látrabjarg, in the Westfjords, marks the western-most point of Iceland, and in fact...

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Breiðavík

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by: Jóna Þórunn. Breiðavík is a beach in the Westfjords, near the very popu...

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Patreksfjörður

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons, by Emstrur Located in the Westfjords of Iceland, Patreksfjörður is a charming village of approxima...

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Rauðasandur

The beach by Latrabjarg cliff, Europe's highest birdcliff and Europe's westernmost part, is called Rauðasandur. It is rare for its pale re...

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Rauðisandur Beach

Wikimedia. Creative Commons. Credit:  Nojhan.  Rauðisandur (Red Sands) is a 10-kilometre red sand beach found in the south of Icel...

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Tálknafjörður

Between Patreksfjörður and Bíldudalur is the village of Tálknafjörður, in the southern region of the Westfjords. Despi...

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Arnarfjörður

Arnarfjordur is the second-largest fjord of the Wesfjords and is known as one of the most beautiful of the fjords, due to its diverse landscape, majes...

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Flateyri

Flateyri is the largest settlement in the 2km deep fjord, Önundarfjörður, in the Westfjords, Iceland. It's populations is still...

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Bíldudalur

Surrounded by layered, flat top mountains, Bíldudalur is an attractive fishing village settled on the fjord, Arnarfjörður. This fjord-...

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Þingeyri

Þingeyri is a village in the Westfjords of Iceland, found coastally on the Dýrafjörður fjord. Þingeyri has a populati...

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Dýrafjörður

  Dyrafjordur is one of the fjords comprising the Westfjords and is situated between the fjords Arnarfjordur and Onundarfjordur. Dyrafjordur b...

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Skarðsvík Beach

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Ulrich Latzenhofer.  A golden sandy beach found on the northwestern tip of the Snæfellsnes P...

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Hrafnseyri

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by TommyBee Hrafnseyri is an old town in the Westfjords that dates back to the Settlement Era and has link...

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Bolungarvík

Bolungarvík is the second-largest town in the Westfjords, as well as being its second-largest municipality, with around 950 people. The town ho...

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Syðridalur

Sydridalur is a rather broad valley in the Westfjords close to the inlet of Bolungarvik, wherefrom that village derives its name (vik=creek). The mou...

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Saxhóll

 Wikimedia. Creative Commons. Credit: Diego Delso.  Saxhóll is one of the most popular craters on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, f...

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Hellissandur

Photo above from Wikimedia, Creative Commons, by Chensiyuan Hellissandur is a village dating back to the 16th Century, found on the northwesternmost ...

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Seljalandsdalur

  Seljalandsdalur is a valley to the west of Isafjordur in the Westfjords. The valley is ideal for taking a nice walk among stunning landscape a...

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Þjófatindar

Thjofatindar are mountain peaks near the valleys Seljalandsdalur and Hnifsdalur in the Westfjords. The hike over the mountain pass is an easy one and...

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Djúpalónssandur

Photo by Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir Djúpalónssandur is an arched-shaped bay of dark cliffs and black sand, located o...

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