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Disko Island and Bay, Greenland

Disko Island is a large island in Baffin Bay, off the west coast of Greenland. It is the second largest island of Greenland (after the main island of Greenland) and one of the 100 largest islands in the world.

Mineral deposits, fossil finds and geological formations can be found in the area. One of the interesting geological features is the native iron found at the island. A 22t lump of a mixture of iron and iron carbide has been found. There are only few places on earth where native iron can be found which is not of meteoric origin. There are numerous hot springs on the island. The microscopic animal Limnognathia, the only known member of its phylum, was discovered in these springs.

Activities on Disko Island include a visit to the Arctic Station near Godhavn, where scientists introduce visitors to their work in Greenland. An interesting area is Engelskmandens Havn, where there are hotsprings. An excursion to the south-facing cliffs of Qeqertaq Island (Diskofjord), home to thousands of Fulmar is available.

Things to See & Do

* Visit to the Arctic Station
* Hotsprings at Engelskmandens Havn
* Excursion to the cliffs of Qeqertaq Island
* Bird watching
* View marine life

General Information

Cruise Season – May - Oct
Currency – Danish krone (DKK)
Language – Kalaalllisut, Danish
Population – 1,100 approx
Area – 8,578 km²
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT minus three hours
International Country Telephone Code + 299

Travel Links – Nuuk is easily accessible. There are daily flights from Kangerlussuaq and regular flights to other towns in Greenland. There is also service to Reykjavik airport in the summer. From mid-March through October there are flights from Keflavik International Airport in Iceland. There are also boats schedule to stop in Nuuk from Easter to Christmas.

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