Why is called Greenland? When Europeans first was Greenland was it covered by forests, not glaciers?

Supposedly in order to attract settlers.

Because on the map, it’s colored green.

Of course, that’s probably just because Denmark is colored green.

Greenland was called Greenland as an early example of Viking spin-doctoring. See Arctic Studies Center of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. “{Erik the Red}established colonies on Greenland, naming it such “so that people would be encouraged to go there”.”

Surely this is a high-simulpost-risk thing, but I’ll give it a try:

So is the climate on Greenland basically the same today as when Europeans first discovered it?

Maybe, but in the interrim it got real crappy & the Viking-dudes had to face starvation or move to Minnesota. That’s why no more Viking dudes … in/on Greenland at any rate.

Some say…

No it was quite a bit warmer then than now. And yes, it got extremely cold during the “Little Ice Age,” approximately 1250-1500 AD. The Norse failed to change their way of life to adapt, despite the example given by the Inuit who migrated south into the Norse area during this period, and with agonizing slowness gave up the ghost.

Despite it being warmer was most of Greenland still covered with ice?

This could be helpful.