Over 80 percent of Greenland is covered in ice. But why then it was called Greenland (a green land)?
The name Greenland comes from Scandinavian settlers. In the Norse sagas, it is said that Erik the Red was exiled from Iceland for murder. He set out in ships to find land rumoured to be to the northwest. After settling there, he named the land Grfnland (Greenland) to attract more people to settle there.