Greenland is the world’s largest island located in the north Atlantic Ocean and into the Arctic Ocean. It is covered almost entirely by an ice sheet (80%), pushing the population of almost 60,000 people to the coasts. Most residents live in the southwest, with the capital city Nuuk home to more than 17,000 inhabitants. Many islands dot the coastline around the country and feature outstanding fjords and mountains right at the edge of the land. Because of the air quality and low humidity, visibility is usually high when peering out from its vantage points. The Northern Lights can be seen best from November to the tail end of March. As the summer approaches, so does the Midnight Sun, which means the sun never quite sets.
It should come as no surprise that Greenland is cold. Generally speaking, the temperature rarely exceeds 10 degrees even in the summer. The air is strikingly high in quality, and there is relatively low humidity.
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Getting to the island may require patience and transfers, often including a stop in Iceland or Denmark. Kusuluk is a point of entry in the east, while Nuuk has an airport in the west. The southern branch of the country is served by an airport in Narsarsuaq and the northwest by Kangerlussuaq. While there is no ferry service to Greenland, many cruise ships provide trips to the island, making it a possible mode of transportation.
April and May provide the best conditions to visit and explore Greenland, though some summer and autumn trips can be pleasant and manageable.
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