Greenland: A warm name for a cold country

The land called Greenland was discovered and settled from Iceland around the year 985. Erik the Red voyaged out there and named the country. He wanted more people to go there and thought people would be keen to come if the country had a welcoming name. The journey from Iceland to Greenland was a perilous one. Landnámabók gives some chilling statistics. Twenty-five ships set out but only fourteen reached the destination. Some of them turned around and some were lost. – Chronicles of the Vikings. P.I. Page