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Saltstraumen

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Natural landmark

 

Name and address

Saltstraumen

Saltstraumenbrua

NO-8056 Saltstraumen

Geodetic coordinates

67.231386 14.613147

Communication

Saltstrømen in Bodø
Saltstrømen in Bodø
Saltstrømen in Bodø
Saltstrømen in Bodø

Saltstraumen is a small strait with one of the strongest tidal currents in the world. It is located in the municipality of Bodø in Nordland county, Norway. It is located about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) southeast of the town of Bodø. The narrow channel connects the outer Saltfjorden to the large Skjerstad Fjord between the islands of Straumøya and Knaplundsøya. The Saltstraumen Bridge on Norwegian County Road 17 crosses Saltstraumen.

Saltstraumen has one of the strongest tidal currents in the world. Up to 400 million cubic metres (110 billion US gallons) of seawater forces its way through a 3-kilometre (1.9 mi) long and 150-metre (490 ft) wide strait every six hours. Vortices known as whirlpools or maelstroms up to 10 metres (33 ft) in diameter and 5 metres (16 ft) in depth are formed when the current is at its strongest. Saltstraumen has existed for about two to three thousand years. Before that, the area was different due to post-glacial rebound. The current is created when the tide tries to fill Skjerstad Fjord. The height difference between the sea level and the fjord inside can be up to 1 metre (3 ft 3 in). When the current turns, there is a period when the strait is navigable.

The above account of the Saltstraumen is rather different than what The Norwegian Pilot reports. The Pilot’s description of the normal current is based on the time of the high tide at Bodø. The greatest southbound current occurs about one and a quarter hours before Bodø high tide, when the inflowing current reaches about seven knots. The speed of the current has a broad maximum being greater than six knots from three hours before Bodø high tide until half an hour after Bodø high tide. The greatest northbound current occurs about four and a half hours after Bodø high tide, when the outflowing current reaches over eight knots. The speed of this current also has a broad maximum being above six knots from two hours and forty minutes after Bodø high tide until five and a half hours before the next Bodø high tide. The behavior of the current may differ from normal due to strong winds or when more fresh water than usual is entering into the fjord from the surrounding mountains.

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Wikipedia contributors, 'Saltstraumen', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 17 December 2018, 11:11 UTC, <https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Saltstraumen&oldid=874138606> [accessed 26 December 2018]

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Nearby cycle routes and tours

Route nameTypeDist. to route

EuroVelo: Atlantic Coast Route - Part Norway

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0,2 km

Coastroute North Cape-Trondheim

Route

0,2 km

Added on 26 Dec 2018,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 26 Dec 2018