GPS systems show no mercy when it comes to spelling mistakes. As a result, an American tourist headed for Hótel Frón on Laugavegur, Reykjavík, ended up on Laugarvegur, Siglufjörður, North Iceland, after a five-hour drive along icy roads through mountain passes.
The man arrived at Keflavík International Airport after a five-hour flight from the US, ready to drive what should have been less than hour, to Hótel Frón on Laugavegur, Reykjavík.
After a longer drive than he had planned for, he became suspicious and reentered the address twice, to no avail. The GPS kept insisting he continue north. Finally, after a five-hour drive, he arrived on Laugarvegur, knocked on the door of Sigurlína Káradóttir and asked her if Hótel Frón was anywhere near. “Naturally, I looked at his [booking] receipt, then looked at him and thought this was a joke,” Sigurlína told Vísir.
She said the American became a little embarrassed once she explained the mistake. Then she invited him inside, called the hotel for him to explain he wouldn’t be coming that night, and was able to postpone the booking until later in the week. After that, she booked a room for him at Sigló Hótel in Siglufjörður, where he was well received.
His plan, he told her, was to travel around the country, but definitely not right after a five-hour flight from New York.
As it turns out, some of Hótel Frón’s websites list its address incorrectly as Laugarvegur 22a, with an r.