Nordkapptunnelen, Finnmark, Norway
North Cape Tunnel 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 kilometres (4.272 mi) 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 145 kr per car, plus an additional 47 kr per adult and 24 kr per child, in each direction.
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