Northeast Greenland National Park, a park on the edge of the world.

 

Northeast Greenland National Park, the world’s largest national park with an area of approximately 972,000 km2, is mostly made up of the Greenland ice cap. Half of the Northeast Greenland National Park’s boundary, however, is comprised of spectacular fjords and glaciers, and its northern part is comprised of a mountainous area known as Peary Land.  Northeast Greenland National Park borders the Arctic Ocean and here are found three well known historic features, Cape Morris Jesup, Kaffeklubben Island and Oodaaq Island. These alone are sufficient to enhance the park’s reputation.

In 1892 Robert Peary penetrated the heart of what is now the Northeast Greenland National Park, and in 1900 he sledged along its coast until he reached what he believed was its northernmost point, Cape Morris Jesup. In 1921 Lauge Koch sledged along the coast, and twenty miles east of Cape Morris Jesup he noticed a small island about a mile off shore.  Weather hindered him from sledging out to the island, but he did give it a name, Kaffeklubben Island. Subsequent investigations in 1969 revealed that Kaffeklubben Island was in fact farther north than Cape Morris Jesup, and in 1978 a Danish survey team found a small island even farther to the north.  This island was named Oodaaq, but it, like several islands found later, have all disappeared.

There is much to attract visitors to the Northeast Greenland National Park, but from a historical standpoint the Peary Land region is of the most interest. My book Beyond the Edge will give the reader fascinating recounting of the exploration and mapping of Northeast Greenland National Park.   

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