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Sheep View challenges Google's Street View in the Faroe Islands

Google Street View have been all over the world to provide its viewers with 360 shots of many countries around the world - however they have never been to the Faroe Islands. As a result of this, citizens of the Faroe Islands have made it their aim to get Google Street View to visit their country, by attracting attention through their very own version, Sheep View 360.

Part of the Kingdom of Denmark, The Faroe Islands are an archipelago, made up of 18 remote islands, located between Iceland and the Shetland Islands.

In order to get their 360 shots, the residents of The Faroe Islands have employed their sheep to step in. A 360 camera is attached to the sheep's back along with solar panels. Previously known as the Sheep Islands, the archipelago allows the sheep to roam around naturally, meaning that they are perfect for getting into higher and lower spots of the islands. The equipment attached to the sheep is programmed to take a shot each minute. Each shot is then sent back to Visit Faroe Islands along with the shots GPS co-ordinates, which can then be uploaded to Google Street View.

Durita Dahl Andreassen from Visit Faroe Island, said “The tiny capital of the Faroes, Tórshavn, is my home, and my colleagues and I want to share our beautiful, green and undiscovered land with friends and acquaintances around the world via Google Street View.

“As Google won’t come to the Faroe Islands, we decided to bring the Faroes to the world in another way - Sheep View 360.

“We hope that, by telling the story of the Faroe Islands through these images and via our site, Sheep View 360, we’ll showcase the stunning landscapes to an international audience thus far denied access to image-based mapping of the islands.

“In turn, of course, we hope to encourage more people to visit our magical wild landscapes and enjoy our warm welcome.”