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Icelanders help set up Greenland travel association

Ferðafélag Íslands, Iceland’s touring association, has supported the founding of the Travel Association of Greenland.

Last week in the capital of Greenland, Nuuk, the Travel Association of Greenland was formally founded, according to the Icelandic newspaper Morgunblaðið.

At the association’s inaugural meeting, board members of Ferðafélag Íslands (FÍ), the Iceland touring association, spoke and presented their colleagues in Greenland with a gift.

They gave them a box made of aluminium with a guest book in it, both of which were then taken to a scenic viewpoint on Kuanninnguit mountain.

Gísli Már Gíslason, FÍ board member and professor of limnology at the University of Iceland, described the reception in Greenland as beyond all expectations, with 40 people of varying ages attending the inaugural meeting.

FÍ was founded in 1927 with the aim of facilitating, promoting and organising travel in Iceland. The association brings together hiking and nature enthusiasts and allows them to experience the country with a group of like-minded people guided by locals.

Future steps
“It is my wish,” Gísli said, “that this cooperation will lead to increased communication between members of both associations, and that FÍ can participate in organizing hiking trips, beneficial for the health of association members, and the publication of books on certain areas, similar to the annual FÍ series on Iceland, and publications on hiking trails.”

The board members for the new association were elected during the hike up the mountain, all of whom said they were enthusiastic about future projects.

The Travel Association of Greenland has already planned its first hike, called Gå væk kræft, or “Go away, Cancer”.

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