North Cape Tunnel
History and museums
North Cape Tunnel (Norwegian: Nordkapptunnelen) is one of the longest subsea road tunnels in Norway. It is located in Nordkapp Municipality in Finnmark county in the far northern part of Norway. The tunnel goes under the Magerøysundet strait between the Norwegian mainland to the large island of Magerøya. The tunnel was built between 1993 and 1999, along with the Honningsvåg Tunnel to connect the mainland to the town of Honningsvåg and to the tourist attraction at North Cape. The tunnel was officially opened on 15 June 1999 by king Harald V of Norway. The tunnel is 6,875 metres (22,556 ft) long and reaches a depth of 212 metres (696 ft) below the sea level. Before the tunnel was built, a ferry carried the traffic across the sea between Kåfjord and Honningsvåg.
The tunnel takes its name from the North Cape on the northern shore of Magerøya island. North Cape Tunnel is part of the European route E69 highway. Since 29 June 2012, there is no longer a toll for passing through the tunnel. Before this date there was a toll of NOK 145 per car, plus an additional NOK 47 per adult and NOK 24 per child, in each direction.
The tunnel has anti-freezing gates (Norwegian: Kuldeport) which close the mouths of the tunnel in the winter to avoid the freezing of any leaking water. These gates open automatically when cars approach and are permanently open in the summer, when traffic is denser.