Greenland may not be at the top of your bucket list – you may not even know much about the country (except that it’s probably green) – but these facts will soon change your mind!

Tucked away towards the North Pole and almost forgotten about, Greenland might not be the first place you think of for your summer holiday, but it has this raw natural beauty found nowhere else in the world.

It has valleys, mountains, crystal clear water, cute coloured houses, and icebergs wherever you look. Literally, there are icebergs absolutely everywhere.

There’s an old traveller’s saying that goes along the lines of “when you’ve seen the world there’s always Greenland.” But why wait?

Here are nine facts that’ll make you want to visit Greenland right now. There really aren’t many places as beautiful as this one.

Fact 1

Nuuk, the capital, is the largest city in the country with a paltry 16,000 people. That’s the same size as Maltby in the UK.

Nuuk, Greenland

Fact 2

Greenland has the lowest amount of air pollution of anywhere in the world giving it the purest air. Breathe it in deep; it doesn’t get any better than this.

Air in Greenland

Fact 3

Scientists have estimated that Greenland’s ice sheet are aged around 110,000 years old. That’s pretty old!

Ice sheets in Greenland

Fact 4

The sun really doesn’t set at all from May 25th until July 25th. If you’re brave enough you can even go sunbathing in the midnight sun.

Midnight sun in Greenland

Fact 5

Despite the name Greenland, 85% of the country is covered in ice and snow. The bits that are green are very green though.

Icebergs in Greenland

Fact 6

There are only about 63kms of paved roads in the whole country. If you want to travel you do if mainly by boat or helicopter.

Boats in Greenland

Fact 7

Technically, Greenland is the world’s largest island (for those of you about to say “nah mate, Australia is” – Australia is classified as a continent, not an island).

Narsaq, Greenland

Fact 8

Those brightly coloured houses you see everywhere used to mean something. Commercial houses were red; hospitals were yellow; police stations were black; the telephone company was green and fish factories were blue.

Coloured houses in Greenland

Fact 9

The clearer the iceberg, the less oxygen it has in it. Crystal clear icebergs (they’re the ones you’ve got to watch out for when sailing) have zero oxygen in them. They actually use the ice from these icebergs to make a beer in Narsaq in southern Greenland.

Block of ice

And if you want to see what Greenland’s really like then make sure you watch our Greenland series on YouTube!

Did you know any of these facts about Greenland? Do you have any of your own you want to add? And which fact was your favourite? Let me know in the comment box below!

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Facts about Greenland







Macca Sherifi is a presenter, photographer and videographer who has worked in the travel industry for the past six years. He has travelled to over 75 countries, volunteered in Bangladesh and worked in both China and Australia.

  • Tamara Wilcox

    Epic blog post! So excited to finally learn a little more about Greenland! Thanks for the amazing video and information. I truly hope I’m able to visit one day. I think there’s something incredible about a people who live on the edge of the world and make do with what they have.

    • Thank you Tamara! Greenland is such a fascinating country – I could wax lyrical about it all day long! Hopefully you’ll get to see it for yourself one day!