Faroe Islands: Sheep View instead of Google Street View

Faroe Islands: Sheep View instead of Google Street View

(Image: Faroe Islands tourism board)

The attractive landscaped Faroe Islands were long at the places where no Street View cars were on the road. The tourist board set for the recordings is an abundant resource in the islands one: free-range sheep.

In the North Atlantic between Iceland and Norway, the Faroe Islands are sparsely populated. They visited last year on Google Maps, they found no Street View 360-degree views. Here, take a look at the idyllic and spectacular fjord landscape in every case.

The Tourist Board of the Faroe Islands was looking for a solution to be able to offer the impressive and promising advertising Street View and found 2016 animal solution: on the islands due to lack of non-human predators freewheeling sheep. Of them, there are over 80,000 copies (the human population is only around 50,000).

They paid some of the wool and meat suppliers with saddle-like devices made on which solar cells and a 360-degree camera were mounted: Sheep View was born. The camera sheep wandered and took on Street View uploaded automatically to the Google service.

In such an unusual action Google had to react - especially left to wish the camera work of the four-legged wool suppliers left. They sent a camera car and additional equipment for locals and tourists interested in traveling with facilities on the islands, so there are now admire numerous views of the Faroe Islands with Street View; some have taken from sheep (recognizable by the non-masked solar cells in the foreground).

The Sheep View publicity seems to be bearing fruit: The Washington Post, the hotel bookings have increased this year by about ten percent. (Rop)