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Greenland is a country located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. It is an autonomous country that is part of the Kingdom of Denmark. Physiologically speaking, Greenland is a part of the continent of North America, but it has been ethnically, politically, and culturally associated with Europe for more than a millennium now. Although it is still part of the Kingdom of Denmark, it has been granted self-government effective in 1979. It is the world’s largest continental island and also the third largest country in North America. Its closest neighbours are Iceland to the southeast, Canada to the west, and Svalbard in Norway to the northeast. Greenland represents some 97% of the area of the Kingdom of Denmark. Although some would say that this country is about the size of Africa because of the way it is projected in maps, it is actually only around the size of Mexico. The country is 81% covered with ice sheets, although its extreme north Peary Island is not. This is because the air in the island is too dry to produce snow. The climate in Greenland is generally cold. It is home to the world’s largest national park, and is the largest dependent territory by area in the world. Greenland has the lowest population density in the world with at estimate of only 56,000 people living in it. Its official language is Greenlandic, but majority of the population could also speak in Danish. Its capital is Nuuk.

What to see & do

Hiking is one of the most exciting things to do in Greenland. Because there are no property ownerships in anywhere in the country, hiking is allowed just about anywhere. There are small existing walking paths that exist around Greenland and locals are very helpful in helping tourists to navigate. Driving a dog sled is another activity that Greenland offers. Kayaking and mountain climbing are also available in the country. The snowy mountains of Greenland provide a picturesque view for everyone to enjoy.

The capital, Nuuk, is the country’s largest cultural and economic centre. It is noted as the northernmost capital in the world, with its latitude of 64°10' N. Some of the points of interest to see in Nuuk include the Church of Our Saviour, the Hermhut House, the Hans Egede Church, the Statue of Hans Egede, the Greenland National Museum, and Nuuk Art Museum.

How to get around within Greenland

There is no railroad system present in Greenland, so the easiest way to get around the country is through air travel, particularly by Air Greenland. Passenger ships like the Arctic Umiaq Line, provides service to destinations between Narsarsuaq and Uummannaq along the west coast during the summer season.

How to get there

Even though Greenland is a part of the Kingdom of Denmark, it is not a member of the European Union. This is because the country has a near independent autonomy. Given this, immigration restrictions are applied to all non-Nordic (Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, and Icelandic) nationals including the citizens of other European Union member states. Trans-oceanic services to Greenland often lands either at Kangerlussuaq or Narsarsuaq which are the only airports in the country that could accept anything larger than a turboprop. Air Greenland offers year-round daily flights between Copenhagen, Denmark and Kangerlussuaq while Air Iceland offers year-round flights from Reykjavik to Kulusuk, Ittoqqotoormiit, and Nuuk, and to Narsarsuaq and Ilulissat. There are several charter outfits servicing Greenland from Europe and North America and most package tours to Greenland from North America include chartered flights to the country.

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