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 Saltstraumen Bridge

Saltstraumen is a small strait with a very strong tidal current located in the municipality of Bodø in Nordland. It is located about 10 km southeast of the town of Bodø. The narrow channel connects the outer Saltfjorden to the large Skjerstadfjorden between the islands of Straumøya and Knaplundsøya. The Saltstraumen Bridge on Norwegian County Road 17 crosses the Saltstraumen.

Saltstraumen has a unique fauna and fish life - a heaven for underwater photographers with both macro and wide-angle possibilities. As the tidal water passes the narrow and shallow straight every sixth hour it pushes rich nutrients up from the deep sea floor. This gives Saltstraumen a unique underwater biotope and you can expect a huge diversity and quantity of marine life.

Saltstraumen has the world´s strongest tidal current and it can reach up to 26 knots. This creates the famous Maelstrom and it´s whirlpools. The combination of speed and the unique marine life creates an amazing dive environment. But the strong currents and the great depths make this a demanding dive environment. Saltstraumen DiveCamp have dive sites that any person can dive, but to appreciate the more amazing dives you need to have some experience as a diver, good buoyancy control and be comfortable in a dry suit.

The visibility is usually very good, especially in the beginning and the end of the season. In February and March and september and october we can have up to 60 meters. The visibility varies in the summer season, but is still usually good, and the kelp forrest´s and anemones are in full bloom.

The Saltstraumen is popular with divers and anglers, due to its abundance of fish such as saithe, cod, wolffish, rose fish, and halibut. Coalfish is a specialty of the area. The largest documented coalfish of 22.7 kg was caught in the Saltstraumen on a fishing rod.

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