Although Greenland now has a lot more autonomy than it did in the past, it is actually under the control of Denmark and is therefore not a sovereign state in its own right. Ironically, the land is not particularly green as, due to its position inside the Arctic Circle, the majority of it is covered in ice. However, Erik the Red, who discovered the country, is said to have given it this name to attract visitors from far and wide.
Strictly speaking, it is the largest island on the planet and the land at its northernmost tip is the last you’ll encounter before hitting the ice of the North Pole. There are communities scattered all over Greenland, the majority of which are Inuit, but it is still the least densely-populated country in the world. There are three major Inuit groups; the largest of which being that which gives the country its Greenlandic name, Kalaallit Nunaat, which literally means ‘land of the Kalaallit’.
Greenland is known to put on a spectacular show in the form of the Northern Lights. It is one of the best places in the world to witness this natural phenomenon; something which offers great hope to those hoping to catch a glimpse.
Highlights on your Greenland expedition may well include hiking along the striking coastline, being dwarfed by some of the biggest glaciers you’ll ever see, interacting with indigenous societies and following in the footsteps of the Viking and Norse warriors. As you can see, there are so many great reasons to visit this wonderful place.