The coastline is 18,000 kilometres in total, and includes both the highest parts of the Northern Hemisphere’s largest ice cap and the world’s northernmost area of land.
For thousands of years, various Inuit cultures have lived and survived in this wild and rugged environment. The region is unique and its scenery unspoilt, home to some of the most exciting wildlife that the northern hemisphere has to offer. Nine species of land mammal live in the park, including the largest predator, the polar bear, and giant walruses.
Polar bears tend to stay away from inhabited areas and may be seen in more remote locales. There is a good chance of seeing musk oxen, up to 40% of the world’s population live near the coastline, reindeer, mountain hares and Arctic foxes, and whales. Whales are everywhere, the most common being, fin, humback, and minke whales, as are seals and sharks, and approximately 60 species of bird breed here. The area has fewer than fifty permanent residents, these being the researchers at weather and monitoring stations within the park. Hunters from Ittoqqortoormiit are permitted to hunt in the park.
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