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Saltstraumen | Rv17, 33 km from Bodø town center, Bodo 8056, Norway
47 7556 065
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We got to the whirl pools about an hour after they were at their wildest/biggest. I would think it... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Camberwell, Australia
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Fascinating and beautiful

Great scenery! We didn't visit the museum--why is it in a separate building across the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Seattle, Washington
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Saltstraumen | Rv17, 33 km from Bodø town center, Bodo 8056, Norway
47 7556 065
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We got to the whirl pools about an hour after they were at their wildest/biggest. I would think it would be disappointing if you arrived when they were at their least. We went from a cruise on a rib boat but still got there AFTER...More

Thank Gingermegs55
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great scenery! We didn't visit the museum--why is it in a separate building across the highway?--but the visitor's center's film was very interesting. I liked that they asked us which language to present and started the film just for us (three people), but thought the...More

1  Thank EmilyCarver
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even we cannot see the big swirl, it is definitely a good place to visit, the scenery is amazing, on a sunny day, a picnic would be a good option.

Thank pkhappy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

its worth it to make the 30 min drive over from Bodo, if and only if you can catch high tide. definitely walk up the bridge to catch it from above before heading down below.

1  Thank nrg242
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sounds impressive and by numbers it really is, but what you can see is really only bubbling and fast streaming water. If it is good weather and you are there in right time, then it is somewhat interesting. In bad weather and/or outside the peak...More

1  Thank dgjohansson
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It took some time to find the tide tables which will give you information on when the maelstrom is at its strongest. I viewed it from the high bridge above which producers fantastic photos, but I think if you could find a place to watch...More

Thank Elissa D
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This stretch of water shows the power of the change in tides through a narrow opening. Tons of water pour through the space with whirlpools constantly forming. It is a world wonder.

Thank Robyn L
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

I honestly don't know what else to say but BEAUTIFUL! If you go here, be sure to stop by the Café/Restaurant "Kjelen" with a panoramic view over the stream. Tip: check the time table for when the steram is at it's strongest.

Thank Ida-Katrine E
Reviewed 21 May 2017

I am not sure how all this whirling water happens, but it is very fascinating. We were also in luck as the seagulls were mating and we could look down on all the activity from the bridge.

Thank Bonnie A
Reviewed 20 May 2017

Walk over bridge and down to headland either side for best views. Check tide times for fastest water speed not high / low tide.

Thank Ashley C
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My wife uses an electric mobility scooter. We are visiting Bodo in late March 2017 as part of a Fred Olsen cruise.. We are aware that the paths may not be accessible but the Fed Olsen tour info states that the maelstrom can be seen from the coach park. Would you recommend this tour to us on the proviso that we might not be able to get right down? Also can you advise if the Saltstraumen Experience Centre is fully accessible.
3 January 2017|
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Response from 486anettm | Reviewed this property |
I think, the best view is from the bridge above! It is fully accessible.
chris n
we hope to catch the ferry from Moskenes to Bodo on Sat 28 May, arriving Bodo at 10:15. How often does the RIB sail on that date - and can you just turn up (our travelplans are flexible) and does it sail on Sunday 29 May - and at what times?
8 April 2016|
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Response from hans476 | Reviewed this property |
If you are travelling by car Saltstraumen is just 30 minutes south of the city of Bodø. And this the start of the National Tourist Route Helgelandskysten. A memory for life, spectacular mountains, fjords, lakes... More
Are there transportation options from Bodo?
1 January 2015|
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Response from RuK54 | Reviewed this property |
its ordenary bus route both ways