List of tunnels of the Faroe Islands

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Entrance of the Hvannasundstunnilin (Hvannasund Tunnel) close to Norðdepil on the island of Borðoy.

Tunnels and bridges are an important part of the Faroese transportation network.[1]

Tunnels[edit]

Locations of the tunnels

This list shows the Faroese tunnels, listed by age:[1][2]

Tunnel Year Length
m | ft
Connects Island Comments
Hvalbiartunnilin 1963 1,450 4,760 Hvalba and Trongisvágur Suðuroy It has only a single lane. There's one priority direction, with a series of passing places on the other side. Starting in 2017, a modern 2,050 m tunnel will be built to replace this current one, which causes many delays and is unfit for modern truck trailers.[3]
Árnafjarðartunnilin 1965 1,680 5,510 Ánir, Klaksvík and Árnafjørður Borðoy One of the pair of Borðoyartunlarnir that connect Klaksvík with Norddepil on the eastern side of Borðoy where there is a bridge to the Viðoy island. Single lane, no lights.
Hvannasundstunnilin 1967 2,120 6,960 Árnafjørður and Hvannasund/Norðdepil Borðoy One of the pair of Borðoyartunlarnir. It has only a single lane and no lights. There's one priority direction, with a series of passing places on the other side.
Sandvíkartunnilin 1969 1,500 4,900 Sandvík and Hvalba Suðuroy It has only a single lane and no lights. There's one priority direction, with a series of passing places on the other side.
Norðskálatunnilin 1976 2,520 8,270 Norðskáli and the valley Millum Fjarða Eysturoy
Leynartunnilin 1977 760 2,490 Leynar and the valley Kollfjarðardalur Streymoy
Villingardalstunnilin 1979 1,193 3,914 The villages Trøllanes, Mikladalur, Húsar and the uninhabited valley Djúpidalur Kalsoy One of the five Kalsoyartunlarnir.
Ritudalstunnilin 1980 683 2,241 The villages Trøllanes, Mikladalur, Húsar and the uninhabited valley Djúpidalur Kalsoy One of the five Kalsoyartunlarnir.
Mikladalstunnilin 1980 1,082 3,550 The villages Trøllanes, Mikladalur, Húsar and the uninhabited valley Djúpidalur Kalsoy One of the five Kalsoyartunlarnir.
Trøllanestunnilin 1985 2,248 7,375 The villages Trøllanes, Mikladalur, Húsar and the uninhabited valley Djúpidalur Kalsoy One of the five Kalsoyartunlarnir.
Teymur í Djúpadal 1979–85 220 720 The villages Trøllanes, Mikladalur, Húsar and the uninhabited valley Djúpidalur Kalsoy One of the five Kalsoyartunlarnir.
Leirvíkartunnilin 1985 2,238 7,343 Leirvík and Gøta Eysturoy
Kunoyartunnilin 1988 3,031 9,944 Kunoy and Haraldssund Kunoy
Kollfjarðartunnilin 1992 2,816 9,239 Kollafjørður and Kaldbaksbotnur Streymoy
Sumbiartunnilin 1997 3,240 10,630 Sumba and Lopra Suðuroy
Vágatunnilin 2002 4,940 16,210 Leynar and Fútaklett Streymoy and Vágar
Gásadalstunnilin 2006 1,445 4,741 Gásadalur and Bøur Vágar
Norðoyatunnilin 2006 6,186 20,295 Klaksvík and Leirvík Eysturoy and Borðoy
Hovstunnilin 2007 2,435 7,989 Øravík and Hov Suðuroy
Viðareiðistunnilin 2016 1,939 6,362 Viðareiði with Hvannasund Viðoy Replaces the road, which is prone to landslides and avalanches.

Vágatunnilin and Norðoyatunnilin are tolled. The toll is paid at gas stations. All other tunnels are without toll.

Bridges and causeways[edit]

This list shows the Faroese inter-insular bridges and causeways, also listed by age:

Bridge Year Length
m | ft
Connects Island Comments
Brúgvin um Streymin 1973 220 720 Oyrarbakki/Norðskáli and Nesvík Streymoy and Eysturoy Concrete bridge
Byrging um Hvannasund 1975 220 720 Hvannasund and Norðdepil Borðoy and Viðoy Causeway
Byrging um Haraldssund 1986 350 1,150 Haraldssund and Strond Borðoy and Kunoy Causeway

Proposed tunnels[edit]

Tunnel Year Approx. length
m | ft
Connects Island Comments
Eysturoyartunnilin Construction started in 2016, planned to open in 2019-20 11,000 36,000 Runavík and Strendur with Tórshavn Streymoy and Eysturoy Under Sundini and Skálafjørður. The tunnel will shorten the travel distance from Tórshavn to Runavík/Strendur from 55 kilometres to 17 kilometres. The 64 minute drive will be shortened to 16 minutes. The tunnel will have a roundabout under the seabed at mid-bay.[4]
Sandoyartunnilin Construction starts when the drills for the Eysturoyartunnil have finished; expected opening 2021-2023 10,900 35,800 Streymoy and Sandoy The tunnel is planned to start just above the port of Gamlarætt and end Traðardalur between Skopun and Sandur, north of the football field of B71 Sandoy.
Suðuroyartunnilin 20,000 66,000 Sandoy and Suðuroy
Gjáartunnilin 2,000 6,600 Gjógv with Funningur Eysturoy
Hvalbiartunnil (replacement) Starts in 2017 2,050 6,730 Hvalba with Trongisvágur Suðuroy To replace the current tunnel from 1963, which is too narrow and low for present-day traffic. [5]
Fámjinstunnilin 780 Fámjin with Ørðavík Suðuroy To replace the steep and narrow road, which is also extremely windy. The overall most windy road in the Faroe Islands.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tunlar" (in Faroese). Tórshavn: Landsverk. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Søgulig gongd" (in Faroese). Tórshavn: Landsverk. Archived from the original on 29 December 2008. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  3. ^ http://portal.fo/fara+nu+undir+hvalbiartunnilin.html
  4. ^ "The Eysturoy tunnel". estunlar.fo. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  5. ^ http://www.landsverk.fo/Default.aspx?pageid=15939&NewsItemID=15553

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