The dream of the icebergs, its glaciers and the largest island in the world. What do we know about this island? Inuit or Eskimo, what is the correct term for their inhabitants? Actually we know very little about it. In fact, many people still have very wrong ideas about the beautiful Arctic country. For one thing, Greenland has much more to offer than glaciers and ice, and once you get there, you discover the complex culture and history that unfolds before you.
In any case, this island belongs to Denmark. Incredible 56,141 inhabitants, the island has an area of 2,166,086 km ². For the second time I’ve been lucky enough to see this island, or rather the mythical thing about Greenland. Let’s face it, who has the chance to see it?
Nowadays, holidays are only sun, party and who knows what. Nevertheless, everyone should also think about how do people live in remote areas? No consumption behave, food what nature gives you, above all I saw how happy the people are there. Sometimes I had the feeling that the locals regarded us as extraterrestrial.
I write this blog from mixed feelings! On the one hand the nature we have destroyed with certainty. The glaciers melt, you hardly see drift ice. Unbelievable the heat there, up to 20 degrees and the end of July.
We all talk about climate protection, what about it? Do we care? No not true. What about the next generations? So many questions! One thing is for sure, it can not go on like this!
Now you will ask yourself, how to get to Greenland. It’s easy for me because I also work a cruise ship. If you want to see Greenland I recommend you to take a cruise from Fred Olsen. Every summer there is a trip there. There is a time slot when you can travel there. Let’s start with my first stop in Qaqortoq, here are some pictures for you. Since I am Austrian, I have taken the liberty and hiked in the so-called hills with great views. This city has just 3000 inhabitants.
My journey started in Reykjavik, Iceland. From there you need two days until you finally have land in it. Above all, the first icebergs to the entrance to Prince William Sound, that amazes you. That starts to think about how small we humans really are. The beauty of nature! Just enjoy my pictures.
Why is Greenland actually called Greenland? This island is mostly covered by glaciers, ice and snow. From Old Norse is actually called grassland. The island is not green at all! According to history, this is Erik the Red, he was an Icelandic murderer who was banished to Greenland. He wanted to have settlers there and he called it grassland. Nowadays we know of scientists that about 2 million years ago the island was really green.
Narsarsuaq, a small town with 145 inhabitants. This city has a great history. Well, Americans are there too, no wonder by World War II. Nevertheless a fascinating place. Incidentally, it was founded by Erik the Red in 985. In 1941, the United States established an air force base code-named Blue West One in Narsarsuaq. With today’s status according to the NEWS Mr. Donald Trump wants to buy this island. HAHAHAHA. Here are some pictures of this place.
When did the first humans come to this island? Good question! By geographical Greenland actually belongs to the North American continent. According to Google, Greenland has been a Danish colony since 1721 and has been part of the Danes since 1953. Oh yes, Greenland has been independent since 2009! There is also a government there.
The story goes back over 4 million years. It is said that about 2200 BC the first people settled there. One only knows that the Inuits from Asia immigrated. So, Greenland’s people have lived there for over 5,000 years. There are no roads connecting the cities. There are only boats, planes, helicopters and dog sleds.
I have to admit that Nanortalik was something special for me. 1337 inhabitants, but at least the 10th largest city in Greenland. The great thing is the 70 km long Tasermiut Fjord.
Of what life actually the Greenlanders, no question of fishing. These include seals, whales and other marine animals. Of course, the whales are under protection in Greenland. You eat what you need, but it is forbidden to export whale and seal meat.
The sweet midnight sun, the sun never goes down there from May 21 to July 25. Day and night. What a feeling. June 21 is a holiday in Greenland, the so-called summer solstice. It is grilled and you enjoy the nature.
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