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May 6, 2015 11:32 am

Hikers Will Film Cross-Country Israeli Trail for Google Street View

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The Israel National Trail, which is 600 miles long and crosses the entire country, will be filmed and documented for inclusion in the Google Street View database. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – The 600-mile Israel National Trail, which spans the entire state of Israel, will be filmed and documented by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) for inclusion in the Google Street View database.

Hikers from SPNI will travel the entire trail over the course of three months and film the journey with Google Street View Trekker Cameras. The trail will be the first cross-country hiking path filmed for Google Street View and the longest path displayed from start to finish in the database.

“The SPNI sees great importance in presenting and exposing the country and its nature both to Israelis and to world citizens. Exposing the Israel National Trail through Street View will encourage tourists from Israel and abroad to experience with their feet and their senses the various cultures and landscapes of Israel, to fall in love with them and to take action to preserve them,” said SPNI Executive Director Moshe Pakman.

“We are very proud of this collaboration and are happy to map out the Israel National Trail for tourists from within Israel and abroad. When this project is completed, the Israel National Trail will join some of the world’s greatest heritage and nature sites on Google Maps, like the Pyramids of Giza, the Amazon River and Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temples,” added Google Israel CEO Meir Brand according to Israeli daily Israel Hayom.

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