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The entrance from Leirvík
use Road tunnel
length 6300 m
building-costs 395 million crowns
start of building December 18, 2003
toll Yes
release April 29, 2006
Norðoyatunnilin (Faroe Islands)
Red pog.svg
Red pog.svg
Leirvík 62 ° 12 ′ 28 "  N , 6 ° 40 ′ 53"  W.
Klaksvík 62 ° 13 ′ 5 ″  N , 6 ° 34 ′ 26 ″  W.

The Norðoyatunnilin ( German  North Island Tunnel ) is the second submarine tunnel in the Faroe Islands . It connects Leirvík on Eysturoy with Klaksvík on Borðoy and runs under the Leirvíksfjørður strait . Until the opening of the Eysturoyartunnilin in 2020, it was the longest tunnel in the Faroe Islands.

History and description

The tunnel is at its deepest point 150 m below sea level and is 6.3 km long. Construction began in Leirvík on December 18, 2003 and in Klaksvík on April 20, 2004. The tunnel was pierced on June 25, 2005 and opened to traffic on April 29, 2006, three months earlier than planned. This day was considered an important date in Faroe Islands history and was celebrated accordingly.

The refinancing of the 395 million kroner construction costs is done through tolls , which are slightly lower than the previous ferry price. As with the Vágartunnel, the North Island Tunnel is also built by a public limited company in which the Faroese state has a majority stake. The company is called Norðoyatunnilin pf. and is based in Tórshavn .

The tunnel was hoped for an economic upswing in Klaksvík. From the overburden from the tunnel, a new peninsula was heaped up in the harbor basin, which until 2015 had not been built on or otherwise used.

The tunnel makes it possible to travel back and forth between the northern islands , the main islands of Eysturoy and Streymoy and the western island of Vágar at any time of the day or night . A regular bus from Strandfaraskip Landsins now connects the two largest cities of Klaksvík and Tórshavn several times a day. The journey time is around 90 minutes over the 70 km. The ferry service between Leirvík and Klaksvík ceased on the day the tunnel opened.

Tróndur Paturssons light art in the middle of the tunnel.
Light art in Norðoyatunnilin

The interior of the tunnel was equipped with lighting installations by Tróndur Patursson , signaling to the driver that he has made it halfway.

The toll is collected fully automatically and includes a discount system and subscription options for frequent users. The non-transferrable cards are recognized and canceled by radio every time they pass through. The tunnel is monitored by cameras and the license plates are registered.

One of the "Seven Faroese Wonders"

Postverk Føroya stamp for the opening of Norðoyatunnilin.

At Ólavsøka 2007, Faroese television Sjónvarp Føroya organized a nationwide competition on the “Seven Faroese Wonders”, to which viewers could submit any number of suggestions about special buildings and other objects. A ranking of the eight winners (due to a tie in one case) has not been published, but the Norðoyatunnilin is one of them. The others are the pews of Kirkjubøur , the Magnus Cathedral , the Christianskirkjan in Klaksvík, the House of the North , Tinganes , the first Faroe flag in the Church of Fámjin and the seat of the Imperial Ombudsman in the Faroe Islands (the last two with a tie).

Web links

Commons : Norðoyatunnilin  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Prísir - Vága- og Norðoyatunnilin. In: Tunnil, accessed December 28, 2020 (Faroese).
  2. Rigsombudsmanden på Færøerne - Beretning 2013 (Danish) ( Memento from August 11, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  3. ^ Af Ib Salomon: Færøerne bygger tunneler igen . Ingeniøren, August 27, 2004 (Danish).
  4. : Føroyingar hava valt síni undurverk ( Memento of September 27, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) (“The Faroese have chosen their marvels”), July 28, 2007