Placing new underwater site visitors circle opening within the Faroe Islands

(CNN) – Beneath the North Atlantic Ocean lies a series of underwater tunnels, connecting the rugged islands that make up the northern archipelago of the Faroe Islands.

The soon-to-open Eysturoy tunnel network has already caused a splash, thanks to recently released centerpiece photos – an impressive new underwater cycle: illuminated, turquoise and about 187 meters below sea level.

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

The 11 km long tunnel will probably be a welcome development for locals, shortening the 64-minute journey from Tórshavn – the capital of the Faroe Islands – to Streymoy Island, at the junctions of Runavík and Strendur, to the island of Eysturoy, in just 16 minutes. .

And for tourists, the dazzling traffic cycle could be another reason to visit this autonomous territory of Denmark, already known for its beautiful scenery and wildlife.

Symbolic meaning

The roundabout was designed by local artist Trondur Patursson, pictured.

Courtesy of faroephoto.com

The traffic circle, located in the center of the tunnel network, was designed by local artist Trondur Patursson. It is made of natural rock, as well as the wider network of tunnels.

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

Teitur Samuelsen, chief executive of the tunnel company, told CNN Travel that for Patursson, the illuminated structure symbolizes the transition from darkness to light – and he also remembers the traditional Faroe Islands chain dance, in which people hold hands and tie together in rings. This seems appropriate, as the tunnel network also serves as a means of connection.

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The impressive structure has a symbolic meaning.

Courtesy of faroephoto.com

Samuelsen said he believes the traffic cycle is the only one under the North Atlantic Ocean.

The Eysturoy Tunnel will open on December 19, 2020 and will be followed in a few years by the ongoing Sandoy Tunnel, which will connect Streymoy to Sandoy Island.

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