Google Maps sends tourists wrong way

Hundreds eager to see Pulpit Rock end up in quiet village
Hundreds of tourists in search of Norway’s famous Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock, have found themselves on the wrong side of the fjord thanks to an error on Google Maps.
Tourists using Google have instead found themselves journeying along a narrow, winding detour that ends in the village of Fossmork, where they can see – but not climb – the famed rock formation, which is on the other side of the vast Lysefjord.
“We have sent hundreds of tourists away in no uncertainty that they’re on the wrong side of the fjord. In the summer season up to 10-15 cars show up each day,” Helge Fossmark told the newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad.
There can even be queues of minibuses outside the village on summer days. Stavanger Aftenblad describes the road leading to the village as “terrible”.
“When we are in the cabin, sometimes two, three, four or five tourists come in. Every day,” says another village resident, Gunnar Bøe. “They say they are going to Preikestolen and understand nothing. Google Maps leads them over the Lysefjord bridge and into Fossmork. The road here is quite narrow and they sometimes get quite upset when we tell them to go back.”
He added: “We get to speak with Chinese and Japanese people, and there was an American who wanted to buy a cabin. He thought the place was fantastic.”
Google said it would work to improve its service.
The Local


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