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Nuuk, Greenland

 

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Greenland's coast at sunrise.
Greenland is the largest island in the world

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Greenland got its name from Norse explorer Erik the Red.
He called it Greenland reasoning that the pleasant name would more likely attract settlers

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Davis Strait
Nuuk means The Headland and is situated at the tip of a large peninsula at the mouth of this gigantic fjord

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Most settlements are on the west and southwest coast, including Nuuk

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The inhospitable interior of the island relegates the entire population of Greenland to its rugged coastlines

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The climate is Subarctic with short, cool summers and bitterly cold winters. Notice the icebergs and its September!

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Temperatures along the fjords average 50º Fahrenheit in the middle of summer and 18º Fahrenheit during wintertime

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Originally founded in 1721, Nuuk is the smallest capital city in the world

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The Kataug Cutural Center houses the only movie theater in Nuuk

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I wonder if they really know how to make Chili in Greenland! We should have had lunch here

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I was struck by the simplicity of the cemetary

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The population of Nuuk is about 14,000 people.
The nation's entire population is 59,000

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Nuuk is the largest community in Greenland and the island's oldest Danish settlement

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The island features Inuit and European cultures that are distinct from one another

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About 80% of Greenland's population is of Inuit or mixed Inuit/Danish heritage

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Modern Greenland has undoubtedly been shaped by European values and perspectives

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Today Nuuk is a hectic city in Greenlandic terms

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The Crystal Symphony docked in Nuuk

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Fishing is the all-dominating trade and accounts for 95 percent of total exports

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The small boat marina

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Everyone owns a boat which is the only way to leave town without taking the train

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Boats are used for fishing, sailing and are the only way to leave town without taking the train

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A boat is the only way to leave town without taking the train

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Hans Egede
Nuuk was founded in 1728 by this missionary after he left his first settlement at the Isle of Hope far out in Davis Strait

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Old Town is a short walk from the colonial harbour with its beautiful old buildings

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The colorful buildings and houses of Old Town

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The Lutheran Church is the national church of Denmark, but traditional Inuit spiritual beliefs remain strong in many of Greenland's remote communities

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Old Town

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Old Town

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Old Town

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Didn't see any reindeer but Santa is supposed to live close by

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Santa Claus's Mailbox
Address a post card, drop it in this mailbox and you'll get a letter from Santa

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Malik means Wave This is the only swimming pool in Greenland and all children are required to learn how to swim

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Joan at Malik. All children in Greenland are required to learn how to swim

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Me at Malik. All children in Greenland are required to learn how to swim

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The natural granite is a temptation for artists carvings

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Granite carving of seals

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Granite carving of whales

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Granite carving of a whale

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Granite carving of an eye

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The granite mountains of Nuuk

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Breathtaking Arctic scenery is almost endless on the world's largest island

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Greenland is a rugged, forbidding land that nonetheless possesses a stark beauty

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"Much of the island's interior lies beneath a vast ice cap that in some places is up to 9,800 feet thick

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Hello from Nuuk, Greenland. Our teeth are chattering

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Greenland produces so many icebergs that navigation is tricky even during the summer

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Icebergs ahead!
So, we're following the route of the Titanic to Nova Scotia. Let's not get too realistic
 
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