Aerial view of the fjord
|Location||Rogaland county, Norway|
|Primary outflows||North Sea|
|Max. length||96 kilometres (60 mi)|
Boknafjord or Boknafjorden (English: Bokna Fjord) is a fjord located in Rogaland county, Norway. The huge fjord lies between the cities Stavanger and Haugesund, and the main part of the fjord is shared between the municipalities of Kvitsøy, Rennesøy, Finnøy, Tysvær, Bokn, and Karmøy. There are dozens of smaller fjords that branch off the main part of the fjord, reaching most municipalities in the county. At its longest, the Boknafjord reaches about 96 kilometres (60 mi) into the mainland at the innermost point of the Hylsfjorden. Other notable branches include the Saudafjorden, Sandsfjorden, Vindafjorden, Hervikfjorden, Førresfjorden, Erfjorden, Jøsenfjorden, Årdalsfjorden, Idsefjorden, Høgsfjorden, Lysefjorden, and Gandsfjorden.
The vast fjord is quite wide, and it has many islands located within its shores, some of which are quite large. Some of the notable islands include Vestre Bokn, Kvitsøy, Rennesøy, Ombo, Finnøy, Mosterøy, and the Sjernarøyane archipelago.
There are serious plans to build the Rogfast sub-sea tunnel under the Boknafjord and the Kvitsøyfjord connecting the cities of Stavanger and Haugesund and ultimately becoming part of a ferry-free highway system along the western coast of Norway. It will be about 24-kilometre (15 mi) long and 350-metre (1,150 ft) deep. It will be the longest and deepest underwater road tunnel in the world. The government of Norway hopes to have it in operation before the year 2020. The cost is expected to be €500–600 million.
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