New tunnels connecting the Faroe Islands
Illustration: The Eysturoy tunnel, Eystur- og Sandoyertunlar (www.estunlar.fo).
The Eysturoy tunnel will shorten the travel distance from Tórshavn to Runavík/Strendur from 55 kilometres to 17 kilometres, about 50 minutes time saving. The drive from Tórshavn to Klaksvík will be shortened with half an hour.
The Eysturoy tunnel will connect both sides of the bay of Skálafjørður with a subsea roundabout.
Location: Torshavn, Sandoyer, Faroe Islands.
Phase: Construction, Open: 2020
Both Faroe Islands and Island are using the Norwegian regulations for constructing tunnels. In the case of approving the design for the Eysturoy tunnel, the Norwegian tunnel experts helped to case-handle the deviations in the project, and gave advice on risk mitigating measures. A good example of important cooperation and valuable exchange of knowledge and experience between nations.