|Separates land mass||Knaplundsøya island|
|of land mass||Straumøya Island|
|Smallest width||150 m|
|Greatest depth||on the land side 450 m to approx. 1 km before the narrow, directly on the narrow 30 m in the middle, 12.30 m near the western edge|
|bridges||Bridge on the Rv17 coastal road (Riksvei 17)|
The Saltstraumen , 30 kilometers by road (about 10 kilometers as the crow flies) southeast of the city of Bodø in Norway , is the strongest tidal current in the world. Its name is derived from Salten , the region in which it is located. Straumen is Nynorsk for “current, current”.
Long by 2.5 km and about 150 meters wide Sund flow in the change of tides nearly 400 million cubic meters of water between the Saltfjord the sea and the Skjerstadfjord domestically (also called "Inner Saltfjord") back and forth. The sound is located between Straumøy Island in the south and the Knaplundsoya Peninsula in the north. The water flow through the narrow point between Straumøya and the mainland is small due to the shallow water.
The current reaches speeds of up to 40 km / h, and huge eddies are created at its edge . They can be up to ten meters in diameter and more than four meters deep. Only when the tide reverses, i.e. when the highest and lowest levels are reached, there is calm for a short time. The coastal road Fv17 leads over the river on a bridge and offers impressive views. The banks of the Saltstraumen are popular fishing spots as the nutrient-rich water attracts fish. A world record saithe weighing 22.7 kilograms was caught here .
In the summer season, the Saltstraumen Museum, Ripnesveien, informs about local and natural history on Wednesdays and weekends.
- Saltstraumen, verdens sterkeste tidevannstrøm. In: Visit Bodø. (Norwegian).
- Saltstraumen, the world's strongest maelstrom. In: Visit Bodø. (English).
- Saltstraumen Museum (Norwegian)
- Tide calendar updated daily and annual calendar