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Some have speculated that Greenland is the new Iceland, which in some respects makes sense, but in others is totally off.

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Is it an artic, icy wilderness with a tiny population and some of the most gloriously remote nature on the planet? Yes. Is it easy to get to from the U.S. and full of people on stopovers? Absolutely not. Greenland is still fairly untamed, especially along its western coastline, and with no nonstop flights from the U.S., it’s also pretty devoid of tourists.

It’s a place where you can hike to sweeping vistas and kitesurf through icebergs in the same day. The island of only 60,000 people still feels remote and untouched, without a chain store or much outside influence at all. And while that may not be in danger of disappearing necessarily, it’s still worth seeing before the rest of the world gets here.

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