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One of TV’s most recognisable actors shares his personal view of southern Greenland
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As an actor, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau is accustomed to being in front of the camera, not bearing one on his back. Yet, that is precisely what the star of Game of Thrones, a popular television series, did in October, when he teamed up with Google to record images of southern Greenland for the technology company’s on-line mapping service.

Mr Coster-Waldau is no stranger to Greenland; his wife, Nukâka Coster-Waldau, an actress, is Greenlandic, and the couple owns a holiday home in the village of Igaliku, which he considers to be a second home.

“Greenland is a big part of our family,” Mr Coster-Waldau says. “We’ve been visiting Igaliku for the past 20 years, where we spend time with family and friends. It’s a joy to be able to let people know that Greenland is a place worth visiting.”

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In addition to bearing one of Google’s Trekkers, a 360° camera, on his back (pictured above) while trekking around the countryside, Mr Coster-Waldau also explored the area on ATV, on horseback and by boat. In an accompanying video (see below) he is also recorded explaining his connection to the area and his thoughts about climate change. He is also shown taking a dip in Uunartoq, a hot spring.

The recording is sponsored by Visit Greenland, a tourism bureau, which underscores its marketing aim, but Mr Coster-Waldau, who was named a UN goodwill ambassador last year, explains that it also serves to document conditions in Greenland right now.

“It’s an easy way to give people an idea of how climate change is affecting Greenland, and just the country in general,” he says.

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When in Greenland, Mr Coster-Waldau finds it natural to be out of doors. “You can’t avoid it,” he says. “I don’t think I know anyone in Greenland who isn’t an outdoors type. That’s probably because people see nature differently than city-dwellers do.”

The film, made available on February 7, took four days to record, and, Mr Coster-Waldau says, it manages to balance promoting the area with letting people know about the changes the climate is undergoing. 

“I think that when people see the video, it will make them want to learn more about Greenland and to visit Greenland, and that was one of the main goals, so I'm satisfied with the result.”

This article was originally published by AG, a Greenlandic weekly owned by our parent company.