The Saltstraumen. Norway
If you are fond of thrills, delightful and frightening sights at the same time, you will definitely like this place! Beyond the Arctic Circle, in Norway, 33 kilometers east of Bodø there is the strongest tidal current in the world, which is called the Saltstraumen. This is the most powerful and fascinating tidal current, located in a small strait. The strait of 3 km long and 150 m wide is located between the two fjords – the outer Saltfjorden to the large Skjerstadfjorden between the islands of Straumøya and Knaplundsøya. They are connected by a large and beautiful Saltstraumen Bridge.
Scientists refer to the approximate age of the Saltstraumen of 2-3 thousand years and claim it was the result of changes in our planet’s surface in the post-glacial period. The water flow of the Saltstraumen reaches a speed of 40 km per hour, and forms funnels 12 meters in diameter and depth of about five meters. Element of water fascinates with its power and strength. This is an incredible natural phenomenon! It is repeated every 6 hours.
About 400 million cubic liters of water create whirlpools that attract tourists from all around the world. Since this is a recurring spectacle, they can watch the raging water element for several times a day. During the high tide you can see the large ships passing through the narrow channel. In addition, Saltstraumen is a very suitable fishing spot. Conditions are the most favorable for this purpose. It is home to such species of fish like halibut, cod and saithe. Once a fisherman has caught a coalfish weighing 22.7 kg and thus registered a record for fishing with a fishing rod.
The most powerful current is observed at the full moon and new moon. If you plan to visit this place, come during the biggest drop in water level during low tide and high tide, i.e. in March. You will find something to entertain yourself besides fishing – diving, sea rafting, safaris, etc. However, even during a total calm, you should be very careful – powerful currents are rampant under water. The weather is very changeable in this region, check the weather forecast and do not forget to wear a lifejacket.