Holy Barbara honoured
Fourth of December is the day of celebration for Saint Barbara who is the protection saint of tunnel workers and the geologists. Generally there is great big celebration for tunnel workers around the world that day and that was of course also the case at IAV tunnel projects, both in Iceland and Norway. IAV is currently working at the tunnel project in Vaðlaheiði on the northern cost of Iceland , in Solbak by Stavanger and Holsmestrand, both in Norway.
The ceremony is conducted by a priest who blesses the statue of St. Barbara and who is then delivered to the tunnel workers for preservation. The statue is placed at the tunnel entrance and meant remind the workers to proceed with caution.