The Eysturoy tunnel, constructed by NCC for the customer P/E Eystur- og Sandoyartunlar was formally opened. The 11.2 km subsea tunnel represents a significant infrastructure investment, which will reduce travel time to the capital city of Torshavn from many places in the Faroe Islands. Tunnel construction began in January 2017, with breakthrough achieved on June 7, 2019. At its deepest point, the tunnel is 187 meters below sea level and includes the Atlantic’s first and only subsea roundabout. With the entire tunnel opened for traffic, the Faroese capital of Torshavn is now connected to both sides of Skalafjorour fjord.
NCC is in full swing with the second phase of the Faroe Islands contract, construction of the 10.8 km Sandoy tunnel, which will go from Gamlarætt on Streymoy to Traoardalur on Sandoy. This tunnel is scheduled to be ready in 2023.
Both tunnels will contribute to safer roads and reduced journey times to Tórshavn from many places in the Faroe Islands, and make an important contribution to bringing communities, businesses and people closer together. Construction of the two tunnels is also the largest infrastructure investment ever made in the Faroe Islands.