All along it’s historical landscapes, Norway sports an abundance of supernatural legends and eerie ghost stories. With Halloween coming up, we’re listing some of our most haunted – and haunting – destinations.
Published: 27 October 2017
Despite it’s foreign roots, Halloween has claimed a cherished place on the Norwegian calendar. All across the country you’ll find chilling supernatural stories and experiences – from a notorious former prison in Oslo to haunted hotels in spectacular surroundings.
Here’s just a few of them:
Few destinations in Norways is more rife with stories of the supernatural than Akershus Festning. For 700 years, the castle has guarded the capitals inner harbour, and has never in its history been breached by a foreign hostile force. This, however, does not mean that blood hasn’t been shed in it’s dim corridors and beyond the high walls.
For many years, parts of Akershus Festning served as a prison for some of Norways most notorious criminals. The sentence often involved gruelling physical labour, and the prison was notorious for using irons, chains and prisoner isolation as disciplinary techniques.
Over the years, there’s been several reports of whispers and scratching along the fortress hallways, and several guards has noticed weird anomalies – like the sensation of being pushed – while alone on duty. The prison at Akershus Festning was closed in 1950.
Source: lokalhistoriewiki.no (Norwegian)
Among the many Norwegian places of lodging associated with the strange and supernatural, Dalen Hotel stands out as one of the most (in)famous.
Guests and staff tell frequent stories of the notorious room 17, where the ghost know as “The English Lady” spends her restless afterlife.
The English Lady – formerly known as Miss Greenfield of England – checked into Dalen hotel on a spring morning in the late 19th century, where she spent several months as a guest.
No one at the hotel know of her pregnancy, however, and when staff entered the room after Miss Greenfield’s departure – a dead infant was found.
Miss Greenfield was arrested and charged with murder, but took her own life before the trial could begin. To this day, a table is set for her in the hotel restaurant.
Source: abcnyheter.no (Norwegian)
Throughout the years, there’s been reports of unusual sights, sounds and lights among the Nes church ruins in Akershus.
At the center of events is Jacob Christian Finckenhagen, a priest who served the church from 1800-1837. The stories of his life and final fate is a controversial subject. Some says his children are entombed in the walls behind the altar, other claims the priest hung himself from the church rafters, or that he – quite simply – died of old age. Regardless - there´s been several reports of his restless ghost wandering the church ruins at night.
Some visitors claim that body movement becomes impaired and sluggish while visiting, a feeling of being submerged in water, and that electronic devices fail in the vicinity of the ruins.
Kilde: habloggen.h-a.no (Norwegian)
Norways most important cathedral is also home to our most famous ghost. “The monk” of Nidarosdomen was first seen in 1924 by bishop Marie Gleditsch, who claimed the apparition had a bloody gash along it’s throat.
Ever since, there’s been frequent reports of inexplicable chanting and organ-music playing in the cathedral late at night.
Our most famous ghost is also among the most controversial. Several historians claim that Nidarosdomen was never connected to any order of monks. Regardless – the tales of the Nidarosdomen monk live on to this day.
Kilde: wikipedia.org (Norwegian)
At the gorgeous Union Øye Hotel in Norangsfjorden, a tragic love story took place at the end of the 19th century.
It began with a servant girl, Linda, who fell deeply in love with one of Emperor Wilhelm's officers – a German duke trapped in an unhappy, arranged marriage. The love between the two blossomed, and whenever the duke visited, he and Linda would always stay in “The Blue Room”. But when divorce was eventually denied, the grief stricken duke tragically committed suicide. He was shortly followed by his heart broken lover, who disappeared in the lake wearing a wedding dress and a crown of flowers.
Ever since, people have been hearing the ghost of Linda weeping in the Blue Room.
Kilde: vg.no (Norwegian)
The village and former ironworks of Bærums Verk is widely known as one of Norways most haunted destinations. At the restaurant “Værtshuset” especially, there´s been several reports of paranormal activity. Many identifies the ghost in question as Anna Krefting – the woman who owned and ran Bærums Verk for 50 years in the 18th century.
Several times she has been spottet in the restaurant’s second floor, eternally dressed in green. “Værtshuset” has been running since 1640, which makes it the oldest of it’s kind in Norway.
In the administration building of Bærum Verks shopping district, there's been reports of a phone that rings every night at the exact same time. Those who pick up never hear anything but an odd, static hissing sound in the other end. Technicians have been trying to figure out what causes the phone to ring every night, but none have been successful.
Kilde: nettavisen.no (Norwegian)
The former mining site of Blaafarveværket has roots going back almost 250 years, and was founded to mine kobolt for production of porcelain and glass. For years, there was mysterious reports of “Blåmannen” – a ghost who preempted disasters by turning up with a lantern and warning miners.
The sight of Blåmannen wasn’t always welcome, however, as his appearance was often linked to to death and disaster. The worst accident at Blaafarveværket occurred in 1854, when six men where killed in the mines – leaving only one survivor behind to tell the story of Blåmannen’s apparition.
Blaafarveværket is today a popular museum.
Kilde: habloggen.h-a.no (Norwegian)