Anonymous said: why do greenland and iceland have ironic names?

The most likely explanation for Iceland’s name is that ice was the first thing people saw when they sailed to Iceland. If you are sailing from the east or the southeast, as most would have done, the first thing you would see on the horizon would be the enormous Vatnajökull glacier.

Well the classic story is that the Vikings named Iceland Iceland and Greenland Greenland to trick people to move to Greenland so they could keep Iceland to themselves. This story has some truth in it regarding the Greenland name. The name was most likely chosen as an early PR campaign to encourage people to move there.

If it were all about the dominating colors, I guess Greenland should have been named Iceland and Iceland should have been named Blackland or Sandland.