Stretching approximately 2,800 kilometres (1,750 miles) from north to south and approximately 1,000 kilometres (625 miles) from east to west, Greenland is the world’s biggest island. Approximately 85% of landmass is actually ice sheet.
As a visitor to Greenland, you quickly begin to understand why Erik the Red called the country Greenland – the landscape is literally green and fertile. Lots of the same land that the Viking settlers originally cultivated is today occupied by enterprising sheep farmers and other farmers who offer guests overnight accommodation on the banks of deep fjords and or on grassy mountain slopes. Nature-lovers can thus experience authentic settings as they begin to explore the area in the footsteps of the earlier Norse settlers.
The traces of the Vikings – also called the Norse – can be found in the innermost and warmest fjord systems in South- and West Greenland. The landscape here continues to be dominated by large ruins of farms, stables, storerooms, etc., made of sandstone and granite blocks. The ruins can be anything up to 1000 years old.
Greenland has an arctic climate with mean temperatures that do not exceed 10° C (50° F) in the warmest summer months. In the southern part of the country and the innermost parts of the long fjords, the temperature can, however, rise to more than 20° C (68° F) in June, July or August. The summer has arrived by June and the ice has melted in the fjords. As a result boat trips to glaciers, settlements and sites of historical interest are once again available all over the country. People go sailing in the fjords, the flora is spectacular and the icebergs can be seen in the vicinity of the active glaciers.
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Greenland offers amazing adventures and experiences off the beaten track.
If you’re travelling in winter, experience the magic of Northern Lights and wealth of winter activities such as husky sledging and snowmobiling. In the summer time you will experience the nightless nights when the sun doesn’t set at all! You can also see ice bergs floating in the sea which is a quite unique experience.
The Arctic scenery is a colourful explosion of flowers and vegetation with the floating white icebergs in the deep blue fiords or the amazing Inland Ice Cap as the background.
When in Greenland do not forget to taste the fresh fish and shrimps which are landing every day year around; you hardly can get sea food more fresh from the sea.
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