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Iceland and Greenland Port Planner

Near the top of the world, Iceland and Greenland beckon to the traveler who is eager to venture farther afield and explore two uniquely intriguing islands.Iceland, surprisingly, is not all that icy. Yes, its northerly location means it experiences long days in the summer with the midnight sun shining…

Near the top of the world, Iceland and Greenland beckon to the traveler who is eager to venture farther afield and explore two uniquely intriguing islands.Iceland, surprisingly, is not all that icy. Yes, its northerly location means it experiences long days in the summer with the midnight sun shining brightly, but cold temperatures are kept in check by the moderating effect of the Gulf Stream. Geothermal activity also brings an abundance of hot springs and geysers. Many Icelanders are said to believe in trolls, sprites and fairies, and as you navigate the island’s sparsely populated and otherworldly volcanic landscape, you may come to share their belief in fantastic creatures roaming the countryside. Although it is the smallest of Scandinavia’s capitals, Reykjavík is a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city with lively music and culinary scenes.Greenland, similarly, is not exactly green. Roughly 80 percent of the world’s largest island is covered in ice and most of its residents live along a narrow strip of coast. Politically Greenland is an autonomous country within Denmark; the vast majority of citizens are Inuits and their culture and language are protected, and thrive. This remote land has an undeniable appeal to naturalists—armchair or otherwise—with opportunities to spot polar bears, musk oxen and reindeer on land; a number of whale and seal species in the sea; and migrating birds in the air during the summer.For the traveler who wants to see it all, the frozen white north of Greenland and the magical refuge of Iceland await. 

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