Video: Google recruits sheep to map out the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic
One woman from the Faroe Islands has made it her mission to bring views of her homeland to the wider world – through putting cameras on sheep to bring Google Street View to the islands.
Durita Dahl Andreassen of Visit Faroe Islands has fitted five of the island’s sheep with a 360-degree camera and has started a blog of her journey mapping the islands.
Speaking in a video as part of the blog she says that all of the streets on the Faroe Islands have one thing in common; they’re not on a map.
“The Faroe Islands is one of the most unexplored places on Earth. Not even Google Street View has been here. They’ve been all over Europe, even on the top of Mont Blanc, but never on the Faroe Islands.
“I think that’s a shame because the Faroe Islands are one of the most beautiful places on Earth and I really want to share them with my friends around the world.
“So Visit Faroe Islands and I, we decided to persuade Google Street View to come to the Faroe Islands and I’ve been put in charge of the project.
“I figure that the best way to deal with this project is to simply show Google and the rest of the world what you’re missing out on.”
The first Sheep View footage is up and ready and Durita has already uploaded some of the best 360 pictures to Google Street View.
The name Faroe Island originally means Sheep Island and over 70,000 sheep live there, according to Durita.
“That is more sheep than the entire population of the country (c50,000). Our old coat of arms from the 15th century even pictures a sheep. So as you can see, sheep is an important part of our culture and history.
“They have always been a symbol of the Faroe Islands. That is why they are perfect to help me show the Faroe Islands to rest of the world,” she said.