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Favorite thing: The People
Greenlanders enjoy a unique position among the world's indigenous people in that Greenland is recognized as an autonomous nation residing within the Danish Kingdom. In every respect The Greenland Home Rule Government has complete legislative power over Greenlands internal affairs.
Peoples of various cultures have migrated to Greenland throughout the ages. The ancestors of the present day Greenlanders have inhabited the country for about 4 to 5,000 years. Today's Greenlander is a rich mix of the land's aboriginal people and it's migrants, and those - many of whom were whalers - who have frequented Greenland.
The Inuit, Greenland's indigenous people, share a common language and culture with the Inuit in Canada and Alaska. Eighty percent of Greenland's 56,000 residents are Inuit; the rest are primarily Danes. The population is distributed among 120 localities, 65 of which have less than 100 residents each. Nuuk, the capital and largest town, has a population of 13,500.
Fondest memory: History
There have been several migrations to Greenland and in every case, living conditions bordered on the edge of what humans can survive and where minimum subsistence threatened even the heartiest. Greenland has always represented the outer frontier for where humans could settle.
The first group of hunters in the Arctic are called Paleo-Eskimos. The first to come to Greenland were of the Independence I and Saqqaq cultures. Only small stylistic variations in stone implements differentiate these two cultures.
The Paleo-Eskimo hunters spread out over the Arctic with surprising speed. Around 2,500 B.C. and in the space of just a few generations, the pioneer group reached Nares Strait, "the gateway to Greenland", from their point of origin in Alaska.
During the first migration, Greenland's rich hunting grounds were settled. The people of the Independence I culture settled in Peary Land where, a thousand years later, the people of the Independence II culture would also settle.
Following in the wake of Independence I (and prior to Independence II) the people of the Saqqaq culture arrived.
Shortly after Independence II, another group of Paleo-Eskimos migrated along the same route to Greenland but, instead, spread south along the west coast. These were the people of the Dorset culture. The oldest sagas in Inuit mythology have garnered their material from this period.
The advance guard of the people of the Thule Culture arrived around 900 A.D. This new culture is designated as the Inussuk Culture.
Hunters from the Thule Culture continued as an independent people until 1500 A.D.
The Western Settlement was last heard of in the 1300's whereas the Eastern Settlement in south Greenland lasted for 500 years (into the 1400's).
The last migration from Canada and Alaska took place between 1700 and 1900 when the present Polar Eskimos, the Inughuit, came to Avanersuaq (Thule).Related to:
Favorite thing: In Greenland they used currency is Danish Crowns. There are ATMs available in the larger cities and in the transit airport Kangerslussuaq or you can load some Danish Crowns in Copenhagen before your flight to Greenland as it is nice to be able to pay taxi fees and the like on arrival.Related to:
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Travel agencies specializing in Greenland
Favorite thing: These are some of the travel agencies that I have found are doing serious work and effort to bring tourists to Greenland (being compiled as I go):
"Resyme Reiser", Melandsjø, Norway ( www.greenland.no)
"Hvitserk" (Oslo, Norway (www.hvitserk.no)
"Grønlands Turistbureau", Copenhagen, Denmark (Related to:
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Favorite thing: Properly geared for a day's outing or a several days' hike, and equipped with a map and compass, you can hike along the fjords, in the hills and mountains just about everywhere the terrain doesn't stop you. Great freedom - great wilderness!
Fondest memory: Visits to the Ilulissat Kangerlua - the Icefjord, and the mountain ridges near it for a view of the fjord, the Disko Island and the Inland Iceshelf.
Favorite thing: I was really surprised when the captain of our American Airlines flight announced that we would be flying over Greenland.
And I was also lucky to have a window seat on the right side, so I had a splendid view over the glaciers, fjords and snowy landscape.Related to:
Favorite thing: This rough country must be a real challenge for the outdoor traveller.
What amazing views should one encounter when you hike in such rough and natural environment. Of course you need good equipment, good physical condition, descent preparation and a good guide.
Favorite thing: As we continued our flight over Greenland, there were more clouds, and the view disappeared. But then a few moments later we could see some small islands peeping through the clouds and also some small ice mountains.
It was really a great experience to see that on our first day of travel towards a one month trip in the United States (Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California).Related to:
Favorite thing: Kalaallit Nunaat is the local name for Greenland.
In fact Greenland is a province of Denmark, and it is the biggest island in the world. It is about 50 times the size of Holland.
Greenland is covered with ice for about 80 percent, which is the size of Germany, France, Spain and Italy together.
Fondest memory: It was great to see this amazing scenery from the air.Related to:
My information centers on the...
Favorite thing: My information centers on the place I know best - Thule. I remain in contact with people there today. The most memorable thing you can do is have a drink made with ice that is millions of years old.
Fondest memory: There is a quiet here that is unimaginable. In fact, it is so quite, I can remember wishing to be able to stand on a busy street corner just to hear the noises of the world pass you by. But, enjoy the quiet where you can get it and while you can.
visit in winter time and go...
Favorite thing: visit in winter time and go out for a dogs sledge tour or expedition. You can do it from few hours up to one week. The sledged and and dogs are driven by Inuit hunters. You can not do it alone.
Fondest memory: While driving the dogs and sledges on the frozen sea of north west Greenland we have arrived a huge iceberg rising from the sea ice tissue. It was shining blue in the sunshine.
try to arrange going out with...
Favorite thing: try to arrange going out with Inuit hunters for hunting expeditions on the open sea. They look for seals for many hours and some times days. Its not and easy thing to join them spending many hours out in the cold wind.
Fondest memory: I was a 'guest' of an Inuit hunter called Joseph. He lives in siropaluk - the northern most human setllment on earth. He smoked his pipe driving his tiny motor boat, navigating between the ice bergs and cracks in the frozen sea of May 2001.
get a window seat in the air...
Favorite thing: get a window seat in the air plane taking you to Greenland or flying inside Greenland. The view of icebergs or the icecaps is amazing.
Fondest memory: flying from Kangerlesuaq to Thule in end of April 2001 I took photos of the frozen sea. Cracks have already opened in the ice tissue.
The Inuit hunters of Qanaaq...
Favorite thing: The Inuit hunters of Qanaaq area still wear traditional Inuit wear of Polar Bear fur trousers, seals skin 'Kamik' shoes and reindeer fur coat. When you join them you must dress the same.
Fondest memory: One of my best photos taken in Greenland was two Inuit hunters and their sledge and in the back ground a big iceberg.
I thought this shot was...
Favorite thing: I thought this shot was amazing. Looks cloudy right?
Its very hard to see but the pilot came on and said that this was actually snow,it was clear below!There where mountins 15000 feet high, with 10000 feet of snow on top, equaling 25000 feet above sea level. We were at 41000 ft high for a usual plane flight.
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Fondest memory: When I was in Thule, the water in the harbour was still frozen solid. Walking on the ice, I went over to this iceberg, and was able to touch it which was such an awesome feeling. The colours were so blue and green, and the ice that I was walking on was so smooth, smoother than anything I'd ever seen, before or since.
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