August 7, 2014

Upernavik, Greenland

Photograph by Vicki Gazzola

Colorful houses greet the Arctic sun in the Greenlandic town of Upernavik, or "springtime place." Founded in 1772, the region has a rich history; in 1824 the Kingittorsuaq Runestone was unearthed just outside Upernavik. This 13th-century stone was the northernmost Viking artifact ever found outside of those carried by Inuit traders. As a result, Upernavik marks the northern known limit of the Vikings.

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