I stopped in Copenhagen for a couple of nights, then flew to Kangerlussuaq, a small town in the south-west of Greenland.
Greenland is part of Denmark, but has its own parliament. Greenlanders often refer to Greenland as a country rather than a territory.
Inflight magazines usually have overwhelmingly positive puff articles on their destinations. Air Greenland’s magazine included an article titled "Murder and Cannibalism on the Inland Ice" (not nearly as interesting reading as it sounds) and a news article pronouncing: "A long standing wish will soon come true: From 2017, Greenland’s most dangerous criminals will be able to serve out their sentences in their own country, thus avoiding a stay in the worn down prison at Herstedvester outside Copenhagen…If prisons were judged in accordance with the same system as hotels, the future correctional institution in Nuuk would be awarded five or six stars. The view alone is fantastic!"
The Kangerlussuaq air strip was built by the US during WW2, as a staging base for flights to Europe and later served as a radar warning station during the Cold War.
Greenlandic is one of the more insanely complicated languages I have come across. Some place names in Greenland include Uummannaq, Qeqertarsuaq, Qasigiannguit and Ittoqqortoormiit.
Some text from a wildlife poster:
I stayed at a cabin hostel, a 30 minute walk from the town (basically a few buildings next to the airport). The hostel’s advertising brochure describes it as "a good option when you value nature and tranquillity more than comfort” but the rooms were nice enough.
The first couple of days were snowy and overcast. The Polar Circle Marathon (promoting itself as the world’s “coolest” marathon) was held when I was there. A small crowd of spectators gathered to cheer the few athletes that weren’t eaten by polar bears.
The next two days the sky was bright and clear. I went up the mountain overlooking the town.
The ferocious musk ox lurked in the distance.
I always stop when a plane is crossing.
I kept an eye out for the northern lights at night, but the most I saw was a grey smudge in the sky.
I went on a short tour of Greenland’s ice cap, the immense chunk of ice that covers most of Greenland.
Partially frozen lakes near the ice cap.