FOSSMORK, NORWAY — A small Norwegian town has suddenly become a new hotspot for tourists, all thanks to a glitch on Google Maps.
According to Lonely Planet, hundreds of tourists in search of a famous cliff in Preikestolen are instead being mistakenly led to the tiny town of Fossmork, located 30 kilometres away. An error on the popular web mapping service has pinpointed the bridge to Fossmork as one that leads to Preikestolen, which attracts approximately 200,000 people each year who come to marvel over its 604-metre high cliff.
Local resident Helge Fossmark told the newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad, “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.”
Although 30 kilometres isn’t a long distance, Fossmork and Priekestolen are divided by a fjord, which requires a 40-minute drive to get around it. This is especially inconvenient considering the hike up Priekestolen’s cliff takes a couple of hours to complete.
A Google Norway spokesperson told Aftenposten that Google Maps will resolve the issue “as soon as possible.”
In the meantime, Fossmork will continue to welcome those who are lost with open arms.