World’s First Under Sea Roundabout
The new giant underwater “jellyfish” roundabout has become the latest Faroe Islands tourist attraction
This is no ordinary roundabout. It is part of a marvel of engineering containing the world’s first undersea roundabout, with an illuminated, sea blue central pillar decorated by Faroese artist Tróndur Patursson.
Already a hit on social-media, the colorful tunnel network linking the two largest islands in the Faroe Islands has become a big draw for foreign visitors.
The 11.2 km (6.9 miles) long subsea tunnel network links the cosmopolitan capital of Torshavn with the second most populous island and has cut down traveling time between these two places from more than one hour driving time along the islands mountainous roads to only 15 minutes via the new subsea tunnel.
The subsea tunnel network named Eysturoyartunnil opened on 19 December 2020, after only 4 years of construction, and is expected to transform the Faroese society, connect people, regions, and economies in new ways.
In the heart of this, 72 meters below the surface, is the worlds first under water roundabout.
In the centre of this roundabout is a giant central pillar of natural rock, left behind during the blasting constructions. This giant pillar is now illuminated and decorated by a prominent Faroese artist, Tróndur Patursson. Around the pillar is an 80-metre steel sculpture represents figures in full size holding hands around the roundabout. They stare inwards at the light like worshippers around a volcanic fire. “The figures are walking from darkness into the light,” says Patursson, “And they symbolise the very Faroese idea that by joining hands and working together we achieve great things”, the Faroese artist said to the Guardian