Faroe Islands use sheep cameras to create Google Street View

Fed up of waiting for Google Street View to arrive on the Faroe Islands, residents have launched their own version of the technology - but using sheep.

With the help of a local shepherd and a harness built by a fellow islander, Durita Dahl Andreassen of Visit Faroe Islands has fitted five of the island’s sheep with a 360-degree camera to capture the surrounding landscape.

As the sheep roam around the island, the images and GP coordinates are sent back to Ms Andreassen, who uploads them to Google Street View.

Nicknamed Sheep View 360, the mapping project has so far captured panoramic images of five locations on the island.

The team has also produced a 360-degree video so viewers can explore the island from a sheep's perspective.

"Here in the Faroe Islands we have to do things our way, Ms Andreassen told The Guardian.

"Knowing that we are so small and Google is so big, we felt this was the thing to do."

The team hopes the initiative will convince Google to come to the island to complete the mapping project.

Visit Faroe Islands has even launched a petition with the hashtag #wewantgooglestreetview as part of its campaign to attract Google's attention.

“I think that we’re ready for this,” Ms Andreassen said. “It’s a place that has always been so hidden and far away from everything, but I think that we are ready to invite people to the place.”