Melbourne, Aug 15 : A Spanish couple's language difficulties have cost them thousands of euros after they mispronounced their destination's name while giving directions to a Norwegian taxi driver.
The couple, who were touring Norway's fjords, wanted to travel to Olden on the country's west coast.
Instead their taxi took them to Halden, hundreds of kilometres away, a trip that cost them 3870 Euros.
The pair in their 50s were on a cruise of the fjords when they had to spend a short time in hospital while on a stopover in Stavanger, the Verdens Gang (VG) newspaper reported.
Once out of hospital the two decided to rejoin the ship in Olden. But their taxi driver misunderstood and took them to Halden, 560km east of Stavanger.
Oblivious to the mistake, the happy holidaymakers paid the 1875 Euros fare and added a generous tip to boot.
But after spending the night in a hotel, they discovered there was no cruiseship in the Halden port.
A quick call to an interpreter and the confusion was discovered, according to VG.
The couple jumped back in a taxi, this time headed for Olden, 610km away - and paid another 15,300 kroner.
The couple spent more than 31,000 kroner on their misadventure, or the price of a 10-day cruise in the fjords for two people in a luxury suite.