10 stunning photos from country’s popular attractions

10 stunning photos from country's popular attractions

Greenland’s towering icebergs and historic towns give tourists plenty to take in while visiting.

Greenland, an autonomous territory of Denmark, recently made headlines as President Donald Trump has expressed interest in purchasing the island. Greenland’s government responded to Trump in a tweet by saying their country was open for business, but not for sale.

Although the purchase is not Trump’s top priority, he said he recognized the island nation’s value. “Essentially, it’s a large real estate deal. A lot of things could be done,” he told reporters. 

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen referred to Trump’s idea as “absurd,” staying consistent with Greenland’s “not for sale” message.

Get to know Greenland with 10 pictures of the country’s most popular attractions:

The Ilulissat fjord, on Greenland’s western coast, is home to around 5,000 people, most of whom live off of shrimp and halibut fishing as well as the all-important tourism industry. Some 15,000 tourists visit the town each year, or about half of all those who visit Greenland.

Slim Allagui, AFP

Nuuk, Greenland’s capital, is a small city on the southwest coast. The city’s fjord system is known for its icebergs, humpback whale watching and waterfalls. Nuuk has a population of over 17,000 people.

Keith Virgo, AP

Disko Bay is home to gigantic icebergs, located on the western coast of Greenland.

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Sisimut, a town on the west coast of Greenland, is the country’s second largest town and the largest arctic city in North America. Sisimut is around 200 miles north of Nuuk, the capital of Greenland.

Karlheinz Schindler, AP

Hvalsey Church, an abandoned church in the Greenlandic Norse settlement, is located in the southern part of the country. The church serves as the last written record of Viking life in Greenland, a wedding in September 1408. It is also the best preserved record of the Greenlandic Norse.

Hinrich Baesemann, AP

The Greenland Ice Sheet covers around 80% of Greenland’s surface, serving as the second largest body of ice in the world.

David Goldman, AP

Whale watching is a popular attraction among Greenland’s tourists. Multiple species of whale live and travel along the icebergs, allowing tourists to experience the arctic marine life from a variety of whale watching expeditions.

Sean Gallup, Getty Images

Narsaq, Greenland is a town in the country’s southern region.

Joe Raedle, Getty Images

The Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the northern lights, most often occur from September to October and from March to April in Greenland. They are a popular tourist attraction, but can not be seen during the summer months.

Uriel Sinai, Getty Images

The Crew of patrol vessel KV Svalbard and scientists from the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research play football on ice offshore in the sea around Greenland while two armed guards are looking out for polar bears. Greenland offers tourists arctic-themed activities including glacier hiking and dog sledding.

Marius Vagenes Villanger, AFP/Getty Images

Published 11:14 AM EDT Aug 19, 2019

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