Every single thing has a significance behind its existence. Those who are interested in investigating the reason behind everything will probably have noticed that Iceland is green while Greenland is icy. The question is, why? Countries always have stories behind their discovery, origin, and name. For instance, the United States of America was named after the Italian explorer called Amerigo Vespucci.
Like Norway is named Norway, because it’s a way to the North.
However, when it comes to Iceland and Greenland, it becomes confusing and ambiguous. So, aren’t you curious to learn how their names get switched? Here is the story behind it!
A place where over 80% of its area is covered with ice is called Greenland. Still, keep in mind that when the site was first explored, the grass was much greener: it was back in AD 982 when Erik the Red, reached Greenland for the first time.
Norse custom says the name placed is based on its features. Consequently, they named it “Greenland”.
Also, according to the legends, earlier Iceland was called “Snowland” because it was very snowy. After some years, Swedish Viking Garðar Svavarosson reached the island and called it Garðarshólmur meaning “Garðar’s Isle”.
Also, Iceland has a catastrophic story behind its name. According to an article by National Geographic, “Garðar’s isle was not so kind to its next arrival. A Viking named flóki vilgerðarson. Flóki’s daughter drowned en route to Iceland; then all his livestock starved to death as the winter dragged on. Depressed and frustrated, flóki, the sagas say, climbed a mountain only to see a fjord full of icebergs, which led to the island’s new name.”
“The rapidly melting Greenland ice sheet has resulted in cold temperatures in the North Atlantic, which has significantly slowed the Gulf Stream. Should the trend continue, Iceland will likely suffer much colder temperatures and even sea ice, while Greenland will continue to grow warmer and shed icebergs at an alarming rate”, wrote National Geographic.
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