Greenlandic fjords and viking ruins await your discovery in Google Maps

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 12:01 AM


Your virtual viking ship is here to take you on a journey through Greenland with Street View in Google Maps. Thanks to our partners Visit Greenland and Asiaq, you can now explore immersive 360-degree imagery of the world’s largest island, which is sparsely populated yet chock full of glorious natural wonders and historical sites. Let us take you on a tour of fjords, waterfront vistas, Norse ruins and more.

Floating by Ilulissat, you can see why the breathtaking Ilulissat icefjord is the country’s most popular tourist destination. Also an UNESCO World Heritage site, the stunning ice wall seems to defy gravity as it reaches up into the clear, blue sky.


Greenland’s wonders don’t end with ice. In Brattahlid, where Erik the Red established the first viking colony in the year 982, you can come face to face with history as you look at the reconstruction of the New World’s first church.


At the abandoned settlement Hvalsey, you can visit Hvalsey Church, the best preserved Norse ruins in Greenland. The Church was also the location of the last written record of the Greenlandic Norse in 1408.


Nuutoqaq, the colonial harbor, is full of gorgeous vistas, fjords and monuments to local heroes. The statue of Hans Egede, the Danish-Norwegian explorer who founded the nearby town of Nuuk, is hard to miss (not that you’d want to!).


To see more of Greenland’s world-renowned icebergs and cultural gems, start your virtual exploration now. Like the Vikings before you, a new frontier awaits.

Goin’ to the chapel this Valentine’s weekend

Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 11:15 AM


Thanks to the ease and low cost of acquiring a marriage license, Las Vegas is considered the Marriage Capital of the World. For many, Vegas weddings are a chance to be spontaneous and embrace the unexpected. This Valentine’s Day, we hope you’ll say yes… and visit the chapels that make Las Vegas famous with Street View in Google Maps.

From the regal Classico Chapel in Caesars Palace to the more simple Las Vegas Love Chapel, there’s a variety of places to say “I do.” You can take a seat at the locations of some of the world’s most remembered (for better or for worse) Vegas weddings. Want to know why Jon Bon Jovi and Jay Leno picked Graceland Wedding Chapel for one of the biggest days in their lives? Take a look:


If your dream wedding involves walking down the aisle in a silk tuxedo to the tune of “Burning Love,” stop by Planet Hollywood (formerly the Aladdin) and relive the eight minutes it took for Elvis Presley and Priscilla to get married there. The original hotel is gone, but you can say your virtual vows at Planet Hollywood’s chapel. (And let’s not forget that in Vegas, Elvis can marry you—to your loved one, of course.)


Whether you're ready to take the marital plunge, walk down memory aisle, or just pique your curiosity, this collection is a fun celebration of romance—Vegas style.

Posted by Deanna Yick, Street View Program Manager

Today we turn 10!

Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 9:00 AM


For 10 years Google Maps has made it easier to navigate and explore your world. If you hopped in your DeLorean for a trip back to before 2005, you’d remember the days when we were all dependent on paper maps, print-outs, post-its and sometimes even a compass for directions! Getting from point A to B is something we do all day, every day—from finding the fastest way to get to work, to dropping the kids off on a carpool route, to meeting friends for drinks at a new spot—so it should be as easy as possible. That’s why we created Google Maps and why we’ve spent the last 10 years figuring out better ways for you to get around.


Through projects like Ground Truth and passionate communities like Map Maker, we strive to provide you with the most comprehensive, accurate and useful maps. And with Google Maps for mobile, you no longer have to worry about getting lost or deciding where to go next when you’re on the move.


As we look ahead to the next 10 years, we hope you're as excited as we are to navigate uncharted territory in pursuit of the perfect map—together. A planet-size thank you to everyone who has navigated, explored and contributed to the map with us over the past decade.

Time for cake!
The Google Maps Team

Google Earth Pro is now free

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 10:31 AM

Over the last 10 years, businesses, scientists and hobbyists from all over the world have been using Google Earth Pro for everything from planning hikes to placing solar panels on rooftops. Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features and detailed imagery of Google Earth, along with advanced tools that help you measure 3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world.

Starting today, even more people will be able to access Google Earth Pro: we're making it available for free. To see what Earth Pro can do for you—or to just have fun flying around the world—grab a free key and download Earth Pro today. If you're an existing user, your key will continue to work with no changes required.

Plan in 3D using Google Earth Pro

Whether you're planning a new office building or a trip to the mountains, check out Google Earth Pro and see how easy it is to visualize your world.

Posted by Stafford Marquardt, Product Manager, Google Earth Pro

The aurora borealis lights up Google Maps

Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM


Nature’s greatest light show has come to Google Maps for the first time. Starting today, armchair arctic explorers, science lovers and curious observers will be able to explore the Northern Lights in Finland right from Google Maps.


Also known as the aurora borealis (after Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn, and Boreas, the Greek name for north wind), these dazzling lights are the effect of charged particles interacting with one another in earth’s atmosphere. These light displays have long been a source of wonder for poets and travelers gazing up at the otherworldly colors in stark contrast with the austere, arctic terrain. However, they can only be seen in person at certain latitudes and times of year, making this breathtaking sight a rare experience for most of us.

To see more views of the Northern Lights, explore the Google Maps gallery. Click across the frozen lake in Finland where these shots were captured, and take in the awe-inspiring views above.