Saltstraumen

The world’s strongest maelstrom

The world’s strongest maelstrom

Only 33 km outside Bodø city center, you can experience the spectacular natural phenomenon that has thrilled so many


The current is created when the tide turns and flows in and out of the channel between Saltenfjorden and Skjerstadfjorden. Every six hours, massive volumes of water are set to pass through the 3km long and 150m wide channel at speeds of up to 20 knots. The small strait and the tremendous forces at play generate large eddies, which can reach up to 10 meters in diameter and 4-5 meters in depth. The current is influenced by the moon and the sun, so if you want to witness Saltstraumen at its absolute strongest, it should be visited around the days of the new- and full moon, when the difference between high and low tide is greatest.

Saltstraumen Maelstrom Calendar

Visit Saltstraumen when the current is at its strongest and admire the enormous forces of Mother Earth.
The timing for this varies from day to day, and when it is a new moon or full moon, the current is extra strong. Use the calendar below to see the specific times for the day you plan to visit Saltstraumen.

Please note that the current is strong up to an hour before and after the specified time.

Experiences in Saltstraumen

Saltstraumen // Photo: Karoline O.A. Pettersen

Frequently asked questions about Saltstraumen

Marine conservation area and an eldorado for fishermen and scuba divers

Saltstraumen is known for its fantastic underwater life. Here are rich deposits of cod, pollock, halibut, anglerfish and catfish. The world’s largest pollock is caught on a fishing rod in the current, and in the area you will also find the world’s largest population of sea eagles that feed on the fish here. Because of the rich biological diversity that the tidal current brings, people have established themselves in Saltstraumen since the Stone Age. In the area you will find one of Norway’s oldest documented settlements that is 11,000 years old.

In addition to large amounts of fish, you will also find lots of shells, crustaceans, sea anemones, coral reefs and much more. On the mountain sides under water are, among other things, the species sea shrubs, sea trees, Alcyonium digitatum (or dead man’s fingers), breadcrumb sponge and sea lilies, which filter the nutrient-rich masses of water. Two reefs with rock corals have been found outside the threshold, and scuba divers have found horn corals just inside the threshold. For scuba divers it is a fantastic world, but diving in this maelstrom is not for beginners.

Map over Saltstraumen

Photo: SL Media
Photo: Karoline O.A. Pettersen

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