Greenland: Climate Change in a Frozen Paradise

The majestic ice-covered landscape of Greenland is incredible, but will it remain under the threat of climate change? Global warming affects the people, nature and wildlife in the Arctic.

Greenland offers rugged beauty and a unique cultural experience. Photo by VisitGreenland.com
Greenland offers rugged beauty and a unique cultural experience. Photo by VisitGreenland.com

For those whose heart belongs to traveling, Greenland should definitely be on your bucketlist. I found the largest island in the world almost a kind of paradise, only just a bit colder.

Before traveling to Greenland, I couldn’t even begin to imagine the sights I found there. And one thing is certain – what you might have seen in pictures or movies can’t compare to the real thing. After putting your own two feet on the ground of Greenland, you’ll be surprised by the overwhelming feelings that hit you. At least that was the case for me.

A Majestic Arctic landscape

First of all, it was the landscape that overwhelmed me. Because of the enormous Greenland Ice Sheet, which covers 80 percent of the total landmass in Greenland, the country consists of snowscape as far as you can see.

The geographical story behind the world’s second largest ice cap is quite amazing. Because of the ice cap, huge glaciers have formed. From here, the ice is breaking and this is what creates the big icebergs. In some locations, it’s possible to walk on the majestic ice sheet.

During my trip to Greenland, I chose the city of Kangerlussuaq as my first destination. The entree to the ice cap is only 25 kilometers away from the city and I could drive the whole way. Some of the other tourists I met on the way had signed up for accommodations at the ice cap, where they were going to sleep in tents. That will definitely be an experience I will try out next time I visit Greenland.

Seeing the icebergs of Greenland up close was an amazing experience. Photo courtesy VisitGreenland.com
Seeing the icebergs of Greenland up close was an amazing experience. Photo courtesy VisitGreenland.com

Seeing the icebergs up close took my breath away. Some of the beautiful glistening sculptures were as high as a skyscraper in New York – and that was only the part of the iceberg that I could see! One day a local man told me that we only see 1/10 of the iceberg, while the rest of it is underwater. It’s funny to imagine the overall size of the icebergs, though it might be quite impossible. When looking at the majestic icebergs standing side by side, I noticed that every iceberg has its own unique form and tells a different story of how the nature created them. I don’t know how I would d describe the view with any other word than just incredible.

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