The £19billion underwater FLOATING tunnels that could halve a 21-hour drive and change the way you explore Norway's coastline

Mail Online | 7/24/2016 | Qin Xie For Mailonline
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Norway is known for having some of the most scenic routes in the world.

Along the E39 in particular, which traces the western coast of the country from Kristiansand to Trondheim, you'll find some breathtaking views of Norway's famous fjords. But while the view is spectacular, the drive is currently a painfully long 21 hours - all thanks to seven different ferry crossings.

Series - Tunnels - Becomes - Reality

That could all change if a series of submerged floating tunnels currently being proposed becomes reality.

The underwater crossings are set to be installed under several fjords along the coastline by 2035 according to Wired, and will cost as staggering $25billion (£19billion).

Journey - Kristiansand - Trondheim - E39 - Half

It's estimated they will cut the journey from Kristiansand to Trondheim, via the E39, by half.

At present, land on either side of the fjords are connected by ferries as the distance is too wide and the waters too deep for normal bridges.

Feasibility - Study - Public - Roads - Administration

A feasibility study conducted in 2012 by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) revealed that the floating tunnel could be the best way to bridge the fjord.

The first of these tunnels is being proposed for Sognefjord, which will connect Oppedal and Lavik.

Sognefjord - Minute - Ferry - Ride - Villages

Sognefjord is currently being served by a 20 minute ferry ride between the two villages.

The proposed tunnel will be composed of two 4,000ft long concrete tubes, one for each...
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