Crossing the fjord without interrupting vessel traffic


Landscape Architecture


Rovdefjordbrua is a fjord crossing project south of Ålesund, Norway. A floating bridge and a 230 meter long submerged tunnel are elements that will make it possible for travelers to cross the fjord without interrupting vessel traffic.

As a part of the Norwegian Public Road Administration’s project to have a ferry-free route E39, this project aims to replace the existing ferry traffic, and will thereby be a step towards making it possible to go by car all the way along the long, Norwegian coastline. The feasibility study is done in collaboration with Reinersten, Dr. Techn. Olav Olsen, and SINTEF.

Technical details

Design Proposal
Rovdefjorden, Ålesund, Norway

Vanylven Utvikling AS


Reinertsen, Dr. Techn. Olav Olsen, SINTEF

On the one hand, the project aims to investigate new bridge technology. The project in Rovdefjorden could be the world’s first submerged floating tunnel with water on all sides, and it is therefore an important pilot project for fjord crossings.

On the other hand, there is a strong focus on the functionality of the project. It has been crucial to make a safe and enjoyable experience for drivers, bikers, and pedestrians crossing the fjord. The design introduces a pedestrian path on the bridge that follows the curve of the tunnel and swirls up onto its construction around the island. This gives people passing by the opportunity to stop and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the fjord.