Wednesday, 5 March 2008
Greenland, a fragile Arctic environment
Greenland is the largest island in the world which isn't considered a continent. Composed of many icy glacial areas, Greenland is very sparsely inhabited.
Currently a self-governing territory of Denmark, Greenland was settled by viking Eric the Red around 982 AD. The island is only home to about 56,000 residents, about 15,000 of which live in the capital of Nuuk. As there is no road or rail system, the only practical means to travel is by boat or air. On foot is less practical and far more strenuous, but somewhat plausible.
Ice covers 81% of the island. The main industries there include fishing, mineral extraction and tourism.
Coverage from around the web
Kangerlussuaq is now the gateway for adventure tourism in Greenland
Official Greenland tourism portal