Saltstraumen is the strongest maelstrom in the world. Visit when the tide is at its highest and marvel at the forces of nature. Every six hours, 400 mill. m3 of water at speeds up to 20 knots rush through the 150 metres wide and 3 km long sound connecting the Saltenfjord and the Skjerstadfjord. The powerful whirlpools can be up to 10 metres in diameter and 4-5 metres deep.
At Saltstraumen there is a hotel with a restaurant and café, campsites, with spaces for tents and campers, as well as cabins, rorbu and flats. You can hire small boats. There is an art gallery, a local museum, a handicrafts shop, café, ancient monuments, a hairdresser, a grocery, a petrol station, etc.
This is also a great starting point for rambling and trekking in the beautiful mountains, such as Børvasstindene, or for wandering through areas rich in archaeological remains. Traces of 10 000 year old human habitation have been found here.
Mount Børtinden, mount Per Kalsatind, and the Lurfjelltindene mountains are popular destinations for excursions of varying challenge. Gjælentunet lodge by Valnes is popular with ramblers year round. The place is ideal for families, whether visiting for a day or wanting overnight accommodation. Gjælentunet actually consists of three cabins which belong to the Norwegian Mountain Touring Association, DNT. Rowboats are available.