Tag: Greenland

The Norse Settlement Of Greenland And The Mystery Behind Its Demise

Some of Greenland’s islands were discovered sometime during the 10th century by an Icelandic Viking by the name Gunnbjörn Ulfsson and his crew, who were blown off course from Norway to Iceland. His life, deeds, and this voyage are briefly documented in the Icelandic saga ‘Landnámabók’ (‘The Book of the Settlements’ in translation). These islands…


A Brief History Of The Hvalsey Church In Greenland

The ruins of the Hvalsey church from southern Greenland represent the best preserved historical evidence of a past Norse settlement in the region during the Middle Ages. Geographically, the site on which the church was built is located on a narrow strip of land facing a fjord, in the proximity of the small town of…


10 Facts You Should Definitely Know About Greenland

Below you can read a list of ten facts you should know about Greenland. 10. Roughly 80% of Greenland’s total area is ice-capped. However, the remainder ice free territory of the island accounts for nearly the total area of Sweden. 9. As of 2015, the island has a total population of 55,847 permanent residents. Of…


The Mystery Behind The Lost Vikings Of Greenland

This article represents a brief overview on the fate of the lost Vikings of Greenland and their historical legacy. ‘The west coast of Greenland was the site of a thriving Viking colony for hundreds of years. Originally settled by explorers who had bravely sailed across the treacherous North Atlantic from their homes in Scandinavia, the…


The History Of Greenland: From Prehistory To The Viking Age And Beyond

Earliest human activity in Greenland is thought to have commenced from 2,500 BC when it was first settled by various migratory tribes, in stark contrast to the Viking Age which most historians agreed to have commenced in the late 8th century. Nonetheless, given the fact that life conditions on this large island have always been…