Date: Sept 2015
As we parked our rental car and prepared to depart from Iceland, we noticed a strange sculpture outside Keflavik Airport. It is called the Jet Nest and has a jet plane wing curled up and breaking out of an egg. Just like a newly hatched chick entering the world.
As we waited for our plane to arrive at our gate we noticed a quote from Icelandic singer Bjork was written on the window. It states, "I feel emotional landscapes they puzzle me".
As our flight flew over the Atlantic we started to notice large white objects in the water below.
We soon realized that these were giant icebergs floating off the coast of Greenland.
We had never seen Greenland before and we felt like a newly emerged hatchling flying over this "emotional landscape".
We were amazed by the never ending mountains and snow laid out before us. Not very green we were thinking. Over 80% of Greenland is covered by ice.
The story of how Greenland got its name starts with Erik The Red exiled from Iceland for murder. He set out in search of new land and reached what he called Greenland. It is believed that he did this to attract other people to also settle there. Only about 57,000 people live in Greenland.
Soon the snow gave way to mostly mountains. We could see how some of the mountains had been formed by volcanic activity.
It was not long before our plane left Greenland behind and we were flying over open ocean again. We had enjoyed the aerial view of this amazing place, but were glad to have viewed it from our window seat instead of the harsh reality below.
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