Streymoy and Eysturoy of the Faroe Islands are now connected in an undersea pass some 6.8 miles long. It’s a project that has been ongoing since 2014 and has since been completed. They plan on opening up the pass on December 19th for the public to get from island to island.
The lowest point of the tunnel network is 187m (613ft) below sea level.
These tunnels come as a welcome time saver for people cutting down the commute from the capital Torshavn and Runavik, from an hour and 14 minutes to just 16 minutes.
The traffic circle was designed by local artist Trondur Patursson. It’s made of natural rock, just like the wider tunnel network. The lights inside go from blue, yellow and green and the lights “dance”. They did this on purpose to signify that you are going from the darkness into the light.
This is the first tunnel to open under the North Atlantic Ocean. In a few years the still-in-construction Sandoy Tunnel, which will link Streymoy to the isle of Sandoy will open making it the second in the North Atlantic.
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This underwater pass cuts down the commute time from Torshavn and Runavik from 74 minutes to just 16.
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