Amazing view…The world’s first underwater traffic circle has a three-lane intersection and roundabout

Exploring under the sea is not rare and so far many have experienced it at most in the world. Undersea traveling is an experience that thrills everyone as they feel like reaching destinations that make beautiful eye sights. For common people, it is definitely an experience and can now experience an undersea traffic circle from North AtlanticOcean which has a series of sub-aquatic tunnels, linking the uneven islands that feature the Faroe Islands archipelago. 

The Faroe Islands is about halfway between Iceland and Norway. The tunnel connecting the two islands in the Faroe Islands community in the Atlantic Ocean is a three-way intersection under the sea and a traffic roundabout. The 11 km long new tunnel connects the island of  Streymoy to the island of Eysturoy. The lowest point of the route is 613 feet below sea level. From the capital city of the Faroe Islands, Torshavn, where you often take an hour to reach the destination gets reduced to in few minutes through the Estroy Tunnel.

The main attraction of the tunnel network is the illuminated traffic circle local artist Trondur Patursson. The traffic circle is made of natural rock and is situated at the center of the tunnel network. The colors of the traffic circle change from green, blue and yellow with a dazzling effect. 

The world’s first underwater roundabout in the Faroe Islands is shaped like a jellyfish. On the island of Esturoy, settlements are formed on either side of a vast fjord (sea area that stretches between rocks).

The tunnel to Streymoy Island is accessible from both sides of the fjord on Eysturoy island. This is the reason why a roundabout enters the tunnel. Entry to the tunnel can be done with a fee and local residents have been granted a waiver. 

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Previously it took 64 minutes to reach the two islands, but with the advent of the tunnel, the journey time was reduced to 16 minutes. Altogether, the three-branch sub-sea tunnel is 11.24km long. The tunnel opened for traffic on 19 December 2020.

Teitur Samuelsen, the CEO of the company in charge of making the tunnels says that the illuminated traffic circle symbolizes shifting from darkness towards light and also reminds the traditional Faroese chain dance, which involves people holding hands to form a human chain. Both the ideas signify that the tunnel network is a symbol of connecting people.