Well believe it or not Greenland wasn't always covered in ice according to history. They say it was once very green and beautiful. Well anyhow, Greenland was named by an Icelandic murderer who was exiled there. He was hoping to attract settlers there and couldn't actually call this land Iceland so he named it Greenland. Where Iceland should have been called Greenland. It appears to many the names were mixed up. But no the murderer wanted people to settle in this region and he was basically alone. That is why he called it Greenland and not Iceland.