The Eysturoy tunnel
The Eysturoy tunnel connects Skálafjørður and Tórshavn together with a subsea tunnel, which will be a full 11 kilometres long.
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 drive from Tórshavn to Klaksvík will be shortened from 68 minutes to 36 minutes.
The tunnel will connect both sides of the bay of Skálafjørður using two tunnels that connect to a roundabout under the seabed at mid-bay. The tunnel will be 2.2 kilometres long from the main road at Rókini in Saltnes to the roundabout, and the distance from Sjógv at Strendur to the roundabout will be 1.7 kilometres. The main tunnel from Tórshavn to the roundabout will be 7.5 kilometres and will resurface by the village of Hvítanes. In order to increase safety, no inclination in the tunnel is steeper than 5 per cent and the lowest point is 187 metres below the water’s surface.
Geological surveys have been conducted and seismic blasts at Tangafjørður have been analysed, core drillings have been conducted at Kaldbaksnes and roads are being built both at Skálafjørður and Hvítanes. As soon as the road is ready and project planning is complete, bids for the actual tunnel project will be accepted.
According to schedule, drilling will commence in february 2017.