Greenland has only one National Park, but even that one is more than enough. Located in the north-eastern corner of the country, it’s the largest National Park in the world. No people live in the area except for the personnel at a couple of meteorological stations and the sealers and whalers from Ittoqqortoormiit, a town in North-Eastern Greenland.
The park measures 375,000 square miles, about the same size as France and Spain combined, and is so big that it could comfortably fit 100 Yellowstones inside its borders.
In case you are still not able to imagine how large it is, there are only 30 nations on Earth larger than this single park. Its wildlife is one of the most exciting in the northern hemisphere.
Northeast Greenland National Park is home to the walrus, polar bear, reindeer, mountain hare, arctic fox, and around 40 percent of the world’s population of musk oxen. Whales, including humpback, minke, fin, and approximately 60 species of bird breed here.
The National Park is officially described as “arctic paradise,” and it doesn’t just offer exciting wildlife, but also an incredible array flora that every year draws numerous international scientific surveys and expeditions to the region.
It became National Park in 1974, when the Greenlandic Council and Danish environmental ministry decided to govern the uninhabited part of northern Greenland.
Because of its abundant wildlife, most travel to the park is connected with international scientific surveys and expeditions to the region.
If you want to travel and stay in the National Park, you must have a permit from the Ministry of Nature and Environment. But there are usually organised tourist trips, such as cruises, and the organisers will secure the necessary permits. Only about 500 people visit the National Park every year.
A visit to the Park would be a great adventure for the true nature lovers.