Yesterday I made one last trip on the ferry from Leirvík to Klaksvík. On Saturday, April 29, a new tunnel will be opened that will link these two towns and link the island of Borðoy with Eysturoy. Klaksvík is the second largest city in the Faroe Islands, with a population of about 5,000 people.
The entrance is at the south-eastern end of Leirvík, and the tunnel goes under the sound between Eysturoy and Borðoy, then under the Háfjall peak on Borðoy, and comes up in the south-western part of Klaksvík. This tunnel will link three of the Northern Islands (Borðoy, Kunoy, and Viðoy) with three of the most populous islands (Eysturoy, Streymoy, and Vágar). There are already causeways from Borðoy to Kunoy and to Viðoy, a bridge from Eysturoy to Streymoy, and a tunnel from Streymoy to Vágar. There will be a big celebration in Klaksvík on Saturday, then the tunnel is scheduled to open at 4:30 p.m.
As a tourist and visitor, I will miss the beautiful views from the Klaksvík ferry. However, I’m sure that the people who commute between Klaksvík and Tórshavn won’t be sorry at all to replace the leisurely ferry ride with a high-speed highway under the water.