A Spanish couple visiting Norway ran into trouble over pronunciation and ran up a taxi bill of £3,000 ($5,600).
The couple, who are in their ‘50s, were on a cruise of the fjords when they had to go into hospital briefly during a stop in Stavanger. Once out of hospital, they decided to rejoin the ship in Olden, a little further along the coast.
But their taxi driver misunderstood and took them to Halden, 348 miles east of Stavanger. Unaware of the mistake, the holidaymakers paid the £1,480 ($2,755) fare plus a tip.
Having spent the night in a hotel, the couple realised there was no cruise ship in Halden port and had to make the road journey back to Olden – for another £1,500 ($2,820).
For the price of their misadventure, they could have paid for a 10-day cruise in the fjords in a luxury suite.
by Andy Moreton