From Iceland — Lost GPS Tourist Visits Herring Museum

Lost GPS Tourist Visits Herring Museum

Published February 3, 2016

Nanna Árnadóttir
Photo by
Hansueli Krapf

The American tourist, Noel Santillan, who plugged the wrong address into his GPS and ended up in a remote fishing village in north Iceland rather than Reykjavík seems to be doing pretty well, reports Vísir.

Noel, who hails from New Jersey, took the time yesterday to visit Siglufjörður’s Herring Era Museum and the local bakery. Hotel staff confirm that he has been sampling Icelandic cuisine by indulging in kjötsúpa and some putrified shark.

“Noel is doing well and is very grateful for everything that’s been done for him,” said Sirrý Laxdal, receptionist at Hótel Sigló in Siglufjörður. “He was really surprised when I told him this morning that he was famous in Iceland now. That his story was on every media outlet and all over Facebook. He thought it was funny.”

As reported, Noel had meant to go to Hótel Frón which is located on Laugavegur in Reykjavík, but instead followed directions to the tiny northern fishing village of Siglufjörður which incidentally has a road named Laugarvegur (with an ‘r’).

After arriving at the address, expecting to find his hotel, the tourist rang the bell of Sigurlína Káradóttir who regretfully informed him of the truth.

But perhaps Noel is not entirely to blame for the mishap, in fact Hótel Frón have misspelled their street address on a number of hotel websites including, Venere, Expedia and Travelocity.

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