10 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Greenland

10 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Greenland

You’re going to be hearing a lot about Greenland over the coming year; travel guidebook publisher Lonely Planet has named the country #9 in their top 10 countries to see in 2016. And as the planet keeps getting warmer, a country that’s covered in ice and snow is going to see some changes. While Iceland seems to have had its fair share of publicity in recent years, few travelers know very much about the nearby country of Greenland at all. Consider this an education in Nordic culture; here are 10 interesting facts about Greenland:

10. Not a lot of Green

In viking legend, Greenland was described as a lush, green, fertile land. Today however, ‘Whiteland’ would be a more accurate term since approximately 85 per cent of the country is covered in ice and snow.

Greenland houses

9. No Roads

Greenland is big, really big. But despite having a land size of over 2 million square kilometers there are no roads or railway system. All travel between towns is done by plane, boat, helicopter, snowmobile or dogsled (yes really.)

Dogsledding Greenland
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