Get behind the wheels for North Cape Tunnel, a subsea road tunnel
Located in Troms og Finnmark, in Norway, the challenging North Cape Tunnel (Nordkapptunnelen) is a subsea road tunnel.
Tucked away in the far northern part of the country, the tunnel carries the paved European route E69, the world’s northernmost highway, under the Magerøysundet strait. The road is 129km (80mi) long running south-north from Olderfjord to Nordkapp (North Cape), the northernmost point of Europe. This tunnel links the island of Magerøya to mainland Norway and hits a 10% of maximum gradient.
Built between 1993 and 1999, the tunnel is 6.8km (4.27 miles) long and reaches a depth of 212m (696 ft) below the sea level. It’s one of the northernmost subsea road tunnels of the country. In both ends of the tunnel there are doors for keeping the cold out. They automatically close when the temperatures drop below a certain temperature. At the lowest point there can be fog.