Iceland mayors object to Google snow

Two mayors in Iceland are campaigning to have Google Maps change its satellite image of their towns, which are shown as covered in snow. Jón Páll Hreinsson says this could put overseas tourists off visiting Bolungarvík in the picturesque Western Fjords region, whose islands and fishing villages are already a popular summer destination for Icelanders. "I'm thinking of the millions who might be considering visiting the Western Fjords and then look at the map and see, well, nothing but snow," the mayor complained on his Facebook account. Jón Páll has an ally in Guðmundur Gunnarsson, mayor of Ísafjörður, the main town in the Western Fjords, who has also been lobbying Google about the snowbound image. "Imagine someone wondering whether to head west or north and this is what they see, while it's all green and beautiful in the other direction – I think they'd take that into consideration when deciding which way to go," he told Vísir. - BBC -



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