Jón Páll Hreinsson, mayor of Westfjords town Bolungarvík, has sent in a complaint to Google Maps because the application’s satellite image of the town is covered in snow. RÚV reported first. While Jón Páll admitted that the Westfjords are often covered in snow, he complained that its presence on the map makes it difficult to use.
“I don’t know about you, but it really gets on my nerves that part of the Westfjords (including Bolungarvík) is covered with snow in Google’s map service,” the mayor of the 950-person fishing village wrote in a Facebook post. Jón Páll stated that the snow was “annoying” when he needed to use the map to evaluate driving times between locations, but that he was also thinking of “the millions who are now looking at the Westfjords as a destination and see.. well very little due to the snow.”
“I know that there is snow in the Westfjords and this is often the reality,” Jón Páll added, “but places are just not shown like this in general and if it’s possible to show Hammerfest (in Norway) in its finest green, then it’s also possible here!”
Jón Páll included a screenshot of his letter in the Facebook post and encouraged other annoyed residents to send in complaints.