Hanging new underwater site visitors circle opening within the Faroe Islands

(CNN) – Beneath the North Atlantic is a series of sub-aquatic tunnels that connect the rugged islands of the northern Faroe Archipelago.

The Eysturoy tunnel network, which is soon to be opened, has already caused a sensation thanks to newly published photos of its centerpiece – a striking new underwater roundabout: illuminated, turquoise blue and around 187 meters below sea level.

The lights, colors, and the ethereal design make the structure look otherworldly.

The 11 kilometer tunnel will likely be a welcome development for the locals and shorten the 64-minute drive from Tórshavn – the capital of the Faroe Islands – on Streymoy Island to the Runavík and Strendur hubs on Eysturoy, just 16 minutes.

And for tourists, the dazzling roundabout could be another reason to visit this autonomous area of ​​Denmark, which is already known for its beautiful scenery and wildlife.

Symbolic meaning

The roundabout was designed by local artist Trondur Patursson (picture).

Courtesy of faroephoto.com

The roundabout in the middle of the tunnel network was designed by local artist Trondur Patursson. It is made of natural rock, just like the wider network of tunnels.

The colors change regularly from blue, yellow and green and the lights dance, creating a dazzling effect.

Teitur Samuelsen, the CEO of the company that builds the tunnels, told CNN Travel that the illuminated structure symbolizes the transition from darkness to light for Patursson – and is also reminiscent of the traditional Faroese chain dance, where people hold hands and connect together in rings. This seems appropriate as the tunnel network also serves as a link.

Eysturoyar Tunnel Roundabout Faroe Islands (5)

The distinctive structure has symbolic meaning.

Courtesy of faroephoto.com

Samuelsen believes the roundabout is the only one under the North Atlantic.

The Eysturoy tunnel will open on December 19, 2020. The Sandoy Tunnel, which is still under construction, will follow in a few years’ time and will connect Streymoy to Sandoy Island.

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