Norway is home to a plethora of supernatural legends and eerie ghost stories, which can be experienced throughout the year. From the notorious former prison in Oslo, to haunted hotels in spectacular surroundings, there are plenty of chilling supernatural stories and experiences to be found across the country.
Here’s just a few of them:
There are few places in Norway that boast a greater abundance of supernatural tales than Akershus Fortress in Oslo. Standing guard over the capital’s inner harbor for seven centuries, this castle has never witnessed a foreign hostile force breach its defenses. Nevertheless, the history within its dim corridors and behind its towering walls is not without its share of bloodshed.
For many years, parts of the castle served as a prison for some of Norway’s most notorious criminals. The sentence often involved grueling physical labor, and the prison was infamous for using irons, chains and prisoner isolation as disciplinary techniques. Over the years, there have been several reports of whispers and scratching along the fortress hallways, and many guards have noticed weird anomalies—like the sensation of being pushed—while alone on duty.
The prison at the castle was closed down in 1950.
Among the many Norwegian places of lodging associated with the strange and supernatural, Dalen Hotel in Telemark stands out as one of the most (in)famous.
Guests and staff often share accounts of Room 17’s notoriety, where the spirit referred to as “The English Lady” lingers in her eternal unrest. Originally known as Miss Greenfield of England, she arrived at Dalen Hotel one spring morning during the late 19th century and stayed as a guest for several months. Remarkably, her pregnancy remained a secret from the hotel’s staff, and it was only after Miss Greenfield’s departure that they made a grim discovery in the room—a lifeless infant.
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.
Norway’s most important cathedral is also home to a most famous ghost. “The Monk” of The Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim was first seen in 1924 by bishop Marie Gleditsch, who claimed the apparition had a bloody gash along its throat.
Ever since, there have been frequent reports of inexplicable chanting and organ music in the cathedral late at night. Norway’s most notorious ghost is also among the most controversial. Several historians claim that no order of monks were ever connected to The Nidaros Cathedral. Regardless—the tales of the monk in The Nidaros Cathedral live on to this day.
At the gorgeous hotel Union Øye in Norangsfjorden in Sunnmøre, a tragic love story took place at the end of the 19th century.
It began with the servant girl Linda, who fell madly 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 the duke was eventually denied a divorce, he tragically committed suicide. He was shortly followed by his heartbroken 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 weep in The Blue Room.
The village and historic ironworks of Bærums Verk in Bærum are renowned as among Norway’s most famous haunted locales. Particularly at the Værtshuset restaurant, numerous accounts of supernatural occurrences have been documented. Many attribute these phenomena to the ghostly presence of Anna Krefting, the woman who managed and oversaw Bærums Verk for five decades during the 18th century.
Several times she has been spotted in the restaurant’s second floor, eternally dressed in green. Værtshuset has been running since 1640, which makes it the oldest of its kind in Norway.
In the administration building of Bærum Verks shopping district, there have 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 without success.
The former mining site of Blaafarveværket in Eastern Norway has roots going back almost 250 years and was founded to mine cobalt for the production of porcelain and glass. For years, there were mysterious reports of “Blåmannen”—a ghost who preempted disasters by turning up with a lantern to warn miners.
The sight of Blåmannen wasn’t always welcome, however, as his appearance was often linked to death and disaster. The worst accident at Blaafarveværket occurred in 1854 when six men were killed in the mines. Only one man survived to tell the story of Blåmannen’s apparition.
Today, Blaafarveværket is a popular museum.
This tiny island has been an abbey, fort and a prison. Th place is filled with both happy and dark history. On this island, located just outside of Trondheim, people have heard and seen mysterious presences. Many believe the ghost to be the famous prisoner Peder Schumacher Griffenfeld, who was imprisoned on the island for 18 years.
Today, Munkholmen is a popular summer tourist attraction. From May to September, boats depart from Ravnkloa on a regular basis. Once on the island, visitors can take a guided tour or roam freely. There’s also a small café.
Over time, there have been accounts of peculiar phenomena, strange noises and unusual illuminations within the ruins of Nes church in Vormsund, Eastern Norway. At the heart of these occurrences lies the enigmatic figure of Jacob Christian Finckenhagen, a priest who served the church from 1800 to 1837. The tales surrounding his life and ultimate fate remain a subject of controversy. Some assert that his offspring are interred within the walls behind the altar, while others claim he met his demise by hanging from the church rafters. Alternatively, it’s suggested that he simply succumbed to old age. Regardless of the uncertainty, numerous reports persist of his restless spirit wandering the church ruins during the night.
Some visitors claim that their movements become impaired and sluggish like they are submerged in water, and that electronic devices fail in the vicinity of the ruins.
The majestic Fortress of Fredriksten stands protectively above the city of Halden and is one of Norway’s largest and most significant border fortresses.
Over 200 years after the last shot was fired at this magnificent fortress, it is now used as both a museum and as a scene for grand cultural events. Within these walls, audience now experience some of Norway´s best concerts and plays. But the fortress hides a secret.
The white lady or, in Norwegian, “Den Hvite Dame” is said to reside at Fredriksten Fortress in Halden. She was once the fortress commander’s mistress. After her lover was killed by a cannonball fired by Swedish forces attacking the fortress, his remains were never recovered. She killed herself by jumping off the fortress wall. She is said to appear near the white tower at midnight.
The top of the King’s Bastion give you an amazing view over the city of Halden, the fjord and over to Sweden.