A jetlagged US man has become the most famous tourist in Iceland after he got terribly lost from a GPS mishap.
Noel Santillan had planned to drive from Keflavík International Airport to a hotel in central Reykjavík – but a spelling mistake sent him six hours away to a remote fishing town Siglufjörður, North Iceland, reported the Iceland Monitor.
A Siglufjörður resident who answered the door at midday was astonished when a weary-looking Santillan held out a piece of paper and politely enquired if he was at the right address.
It soon emerged that Santillan had typed in an extra R to his destination – a rogue letter that caused the GPS to direct him on a 430km route to Laugarvegur, Siglufjörður, instead of Laugavegur, Reykjavík, which was only 45 minutes from the airport.
"I invited the man inside, called his hotel in Reykjavík to change his booking and then sent him to Hotel Siglo where he was well received," wrote the resident, according to the Iceland Monitor.
Santillan, from New Jersey, told Icelandic news website Visir that he suspected something was amiss during the endless drive over icy roads, when he observed signs indicating Reykjavík was in the other direction.
But, feeling tired after his flight from New York, he decided to keep the faith in the GPS. The 28-year-old said the misadventure was worthwhile, as he got to experience the hospitality of the people in Siglufjörður, reported the Iceland Monitor. He also raved about the epic views he saw during his long drive north.
"I did enjoy the scenery on the way," he told Visir. "I've never seen anything quite like it."