Thanks to some helpful sheep, a beautiful European archipelago is now on Google Street View.
It started in 2016 when a woman named Durita Andreassen launched a project called “Sheep View.”
The project was part of a petition to get a tiny group of islands called the Faroe Islands on Google’s Street View — Andreassen strapped 360 cameras to the backs of sheep to capture photos of the islands.
Google quickly heard about the endeavour and teamed up with the inhabitants of the islands to loan out cameras to capture Street View photos. The sheep continued doing their thing, but cameras were also strapped to kayaks, horses, ships, and wheelbarrows.
A little over a year later, the project is complete and the Faroe Islands are available to tour on Street View. The stunning landscape features waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, quaint harbours, rocky cliffs, and — of course — sheep.
Take a look:
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The Faroe Islands is a group of 18 islands that sits squarely between Iceland, Scandinavia, and the UK. The islands are part of the Kingdom of Denmark and are popular with bird watchers.
This gorgeous statue sits on the rocky shore of the island of Mikladalur. According to legend, she's a selkie -- or seal-woman -- who comes to shore once a year, strips off her seal skin, and dances the night away.
...and if you move around the screen, you can find the sheep who's taking the photo. The equipment is strapped to the sheep's back and powered with solar panels.
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