Tasiilaq, Greenland  

Tasiilaq, Greenland

It"s said that Erik the Red gave Greenland its deceptively pleasant name to draw unwitting settlers to the snowy subcontinent. The Viking leader wasn"t totally fibbing, though: Greenland can turn pretty darn green when the aurora borealis gives the glaciers a glow-up.

© Shane P. White/Minden Pictures

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