This excursion tells you everything you need to know about the world’s most powerful tidal current – Saltstraumen. Four times a day, 368 billion litres of water force their way through a 150-metre-wide strait. This is due to the extreme differences between high and low tide in this area of Norway. When the current is at its strongest, it can reach speeds of around 15 knots, which translates to over 27 kilometres per hour. You’ll be kitted out with a thermal floatation suit and a life jacket, before taking a high-speed RIB boat across the water from Bodo to the Saltstraumen Visitor Centre. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture pictures of the vortex created by the current. It’s known in meteorological terms as a maelstrom and has been written about by literary greats like Edgar Allen Poe, Herman Melville and Jules Verne. While you’re out on the water, see if you can spot sea eagles crossing the sky over to the Caledonian Fold Belt – a range of mountains dating back over 250 million years. The journey back to the port is by bus, and you’ll take a panoramic sightseeing tour of Bodo en route.
The minimum age for this tour is six years old.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.