Heirs to the Scandinavian thrones visit Greenland
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway visited Greenland from 27 May to 1 June.
The purpose of their trip was to focus attention on the impact of climate change on Greenland and the people living there.
Aboard the Danish offshore patrol vessel Ejnar Mikkelsen, the three heirs to the Scandinavian thrones were able to observe changes in the natural environment and listen to lectures on climate change in the Arctic.
There were stops at a number of locations during the journey:
- The town of Sisimiut: Visit to the solar energy centre at the Knud Rasmussen College.
- The town of Sarfannguit: An example of how to build a sustainable community in the Arctic.
- The town of Qeqaertarsauaq: Visit to the University of Copenhagens Arctic research station.
- The Ilulissat glacier: In just a few years the glacier has receded by 15 kilometres due to warmer water in the fjord at the foot of the glacier.
- The NEEM research station on the Greenland ice sheet, where the University of Copenhagens Centre for Ice and Climate and its partners drill ice cores to a depth of three metres.
View the video from the visit on the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporations (NRK) Internet-TV (in Norwegian only).
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.