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Father and son map the Faroe Islands with DIY gear

Google Maps hasn't made it to the Faroe Islands yet, so one father and son team took matters into their own hands.


A screenshot of a church on Fugloy from Peter and Oskar's trip. View Peter's blog post to pan and zoom this image.

Peter Neubauer/Mapillary

The Faroe Islands are a group of islands in Northern Europe surrounded by the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. They're roughly equidistant between Iceland and Norway with a population of 48,200, according to 2015 World Bank statistics. Google Maps' Google Street View hasn't made it there yet.

Visit Faroe Islands, a tourism body for the archipelago, is trying to tempt Google Maps to visit with a series of videos, including SheepView360 -- which you really just need to see for yourself below.

In the meantime, Mapillary co-founder Peter Neubauer and his son Oskar decided to head there on a week-long vacation armed with two Garmin Virb XEs and one Giroptic 360 camera and a plan: to map out as much of the Faroe islands as they could manage in 5 days.

Mapillary is crowdsourcing photo map service where members can share their own street level images. Here's an excerpt from Mapillary's About Us page:

"By connecting photos across time and users, we can create an immersive street level photo view for people to virtually explore different places in the world. It could be a walk on a beach in Costa Rica, the streets of Tokyo or a drive through the Swedish countryside." Pretty neat.

You can head on over to Peter's post to see more, but the map below shows just how much territory they managed to cover in a short time.

Peter Neubauer/Mapillary