Capital | Nuuk
Population | 57,670 (July 2011 est.)
Area | 2,166,086 SQ KM
Official Language | Danish
Holidays | June 21 (longest day)
Currency | Danish Krone (DKK)
Time Zone | UTC -3
Best Time to Visit | July to September during the thaw
Connecting with the Culture | Hiking from Narsarsuaq to Kiattuut Sermiat’s beautiful mountain lake. Soaking in the Uunartoq Hot Springs while watching icebergs floating past. Wandering around Hvalsey, the best- preserved Norse ruins in Greenland. Being awed by the soaring granite ramparts of Uiluit Qaaqa and Ulamertorsuaq at Tasermiut Fjord. Taking the ferry to Aappilattoq through sapphire-blue waters, past granite spires. Hanging out in Nanortalik—a relaxed and friendly town in scenic countryside.
Read | The entertaining account of the country in Last Places—A Journey in the North, by Lawrence Millman.
Listen | to the melodic sounds of pop group Quelleq, or check out techno band Hap.
Watch | the Oscar-nominated classic Qivitoq, which is set in Greenland.
Eat | fresh kapisillit (salmon), or pick your own huckleberries (small blueberries).
Drink | the local home-brew beer called imiaq—but you may need to gather some gumption first.
In a Word | Brrrr!
Characteristics | Whale steaks; seasonally affected depression (‘SAD syndrome’); ice; Inuit people; fishing trawlers; glaciers.
Surprises | Greenland has one of the world’s lowest rates of cardiovascular disease due to the consumption of unsaturated fatty acids found in marine mammals; Greenlanders believe their children are born with the wisdom, survival instinct, magic and intelligence of their ancestors.