There are other places to see similar phenomena in Norway – Bodø’s Saltstraumen springs to mind – but the Moskenstraumen is the most dramatic of the country’s maelstroms and was described by Edgar Allan Poe in his short story A Descent into the Maelstrom:

Even while I gazed, this current acquired a monstrous velocity. Each moment added to its speed – to its headlong impetuosity. In five minutes the whole sea … was lashed into ungovernable fury… Here the vast bed of the waters seamed and scarred into a thousand conflicting channels, burst suddenly into frenzied convulsion – heaving, boiling, hissing…

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