December 10th will mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Vagar Tunnel (Vágatunnilin), the first undersea road tunnel in the Faroes. The tunnel connects the island Vágar, home of the island nation’s sole airport, with neighboring island Streymoy where the capital Tórshavn is located.
The December 10th, 2002 opening of the Vagar Tunnel made Vágar part of the Main Area. Since then, two further undersea tunnels have been completed, with a fourth one on track to open in in a year or less.
The Northern Tunnel (Norðoyatunnilin), linking the islands Eysturoy and Borðoy, opened in 2006 to make Klaksvík part of the Main Area as well. Then, in 2020, the Eysturoy Tunnel (Eysturoyartunnilin) opened to provide an additional fixed link between Streymoy and Eysturoy.
To further expand the Main Area, the construction of a fourth undersea tunnel, the Sandoy Tunnel (Sandoyartunnilin) entered its final phase earlier this year; that tunnel is expected to be open for public traffic in December 2023 at the latest.
Now, on the occasion of next week’s 20th anniversary of the inauguration of the Vagar Tunnel, the tunnel operators have decided that all vehicles can pass through the Vagar Tunnel as well as the Northern Tunnels free of charge for one week — from Monday December 5th at 6am through Monday December 12th at 6am.