On 18 gorgeous, isolated, windswept islands in the North Atlantic, residents have decided to take matters into their own hands. They want Google Maps' street view, and they're tired of waiting.
"Here in the Faroe Islands we have to do things our way," said Durita Dahl Andreassen, who works with the islands' tourism board, in an interview with the Guardian. The Faroes are under Danish administration. "Knowing that we are so small and Google is so big, we felt this was the thing to do."
The thing to do? Take some of the islands' 80,000-odd sheep and mount 360-degree cameras on their backs. Andreassen's organization calls it "Sheep View 360."
Andreassen receives the ovine-sourced images with GPS coordinates, which she then uploads to Google Street View.
The project makes a lot of sense, actually. There are almost two sheep for every human on the islands. In fact, the Faroe Islands are thought to be named after sheep, drawing on the Old Norse fær for the animal.
In a introductory video for the project, Andreassen says: "I think the Faroe Islands is the most beautiful place on Earth. And I think it's sad that I can't share it with my friends abroad. Google Street View has been all over Europe, even to the top of Mont Blanc, but never to the Faroe Islands. So I decided to do it myself."
The Guardian asked Google whether it had any plans to start Street View on the islands, but Google wouldn't comment.