Saltstraumen maelstrom & Bodø, Norway…

Le maelström de Saltstraumen(“fort mouvement de l’eau”) est un petit détroit avec le courant de marée le plus fort au monde, situé au nord du cercle polaire, au large de Bodø. Toutes les 6h, 400 millions de mètres cube d’eau s’engouffrent à des vitesses pouvant atteindre 20 nœuds (40 kms/h) dans un bras de mer de 150m de large et 3kms de long qui relie le Saltenfjord et le Skjerstadfjord. La rencontre entre 2 courants marins provenant de ces 2 fjords provoque “des tourbillons” extrêmement puissants qui peuvent atteindre 10m de diamètre et 5m de profondeur. Ce “bain moussant” de la Nature est appelé localement “chaudron”… 🙂
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le silence mystérieux des profondeurs nous entoure comme un maelström, nos émotions s’allument et s’éteignent comme un phare solitaire dans le grand nord… nous écoutons les bruits sourds mélangés avec les mots doux, en essayant de décoder les énigmes de la vie… nous fermons les yeux, mon cœur est ton cadran solaire, ton âme est ma pierre de Lune… perdons-nous dans les futures aurores boréales et dans les arcs-en-ciel de notre amour… 🙂

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Saltstraumen(“strong motion of water”) is a small strait with the strongest tidal current in the world situated up north of the Arctic Circle, off coast the town of Bodø, known as “Saltstraumen maelstrom”. Every 6h, 400 million cubic meters of water rush at speeds up to 20 knots (40 km/h) into a 150m wide and 3km long inlet that connects Saltenfjord and Skjerstadfjord. The confluence between 2 ocean currents coming from these 2 fjords causes extremely powerful “whirlpools” that can reach 10m in diameter and 5m deep. This Nature’s own “bubble bath” is locally called “cauldron”… 🙂
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the mysterious silence of the abyss surrounds us like a maelstrom, our emotions turn on and off like a lonely lighthouse in the far North… we listen to deaf noises mixed up with sweet words, trying to puzzle out some conundrums of our life… we close our eyes, my heart is your sundial, your soul is my moonstone… let’s get lost within the coming Northern lights and the rainbows of our love… 🙂
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Posted on 29 December 2014, in melanie. Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. Leggendo le tue note sul maelstrom, che ricordo essere un titolo di un racconto di Poe, e osservando le splendide immagini pubblicate, passo per un augurio che il 2015 sia un anno pieno di prosperosità, serenità e letizia. Buon anno, Melanie!

  2. Minunat slideshow. După ce am călătorit împreună cu tine prin fiordurile din nordul Norvegiei acolo unde cele două curente se întâlnesc ”dans un chaudron”, cu mult zgomot, cobor spre Toulouse sau unde ești acum ca să îți transmit cele mai bune urări de sănătate și fericire cu toate cele bune în Noul An!

  3. oriunde ai fi, urările le fac în limba mea care este și a ta: un an nou mai bun, cu sănătate și bucurii! 🙂 ❤

  4. Il existe donc un vrai maelström permanent? Je croyais que c’était simplement un synonyme de tourbillon.

  5. That kind of isolation draws people together. We realize how important interdependence is in a climate that can be severe. Lovely photos, merci beaucoup. Leslie

  6. Such interesting information and beautiful description… Enjoyed the slide show. 🙂 Thanks, Melanie! 🙂

  7. Ce n’est pas le moment pour tomber à l’eau… 😀 Magnifiques photos. Bonne soirée, Mélanie.

  8. Impressionnants ces tourbillons, je ne sais pas si j’opterais pour le bateau comme on le voit sur l’affiche. Je crois que je me maintiendrais au bord, pourquoi pas en pêchant, qui sait si les poissons ne sont pas un tant soit peu distraits après ce bain bouillonnant. Bonne soirée! Bisous!

  9. One of my favorite tales ever since I read it when I was seven years old was Poe’s “A descent into the Maelström”! Seeing your images I feel like you were in a mythical place. Although in the tale there weren’t touristic services and the Norwegians were rude and humble fishermen XD

    • well, FR, I’ve been to several mythical spots and this one is quite special… I love Poe’w works, he was a January Cappy like me… 😉 Norwegians are wonderful people just like the Icelanders – their “first cousins”: le feu sous la glace = fire under ice… 🙂

  10. Just beautiful! I miss summer!

  11. That’s very good. I appreciate not only the vital images you provide, but the emotional content of your words. Yisraela

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