The Akershus Festning, which is Norwegian for Akershus Fortress is a haunted medieval castle in the country’s capital of Oslo.
Also known as Akershus Castle, this medieval marvel was built in the 1290s as has been used ever since, but what brings a unique crowd of people to this stunning location is the unexplained phenomena and the paranormal activity that makes it one of the most haunted places in Norway.
It falls short when trying to take the number one spot for the most haunted places in Europe against places like Poveglia Island and the Catacombs below the streets of Paris, but it isn’t far behind and is extremely haunted.
Equally as intriguing as Bran Castle in Romania, the Akershus Fortress holds over 700 years of history behind its wall and was previously used as a prison during the 18th and 19th century.
Inmates would endure long, hard days of labor and it was said irons and chains were used to discipline prisoners, many of which died whilst being incarcerated.
During World War II, the Nazi’s occupied the fortress and carried out many on-site executions which only added to the number of lingering spirits in the haunted medieval castle.
Akershus Fortress is widely considered as one of the most haunted places in Norway and with its history of death and violence, it’s not much of a surprise.
Visitors have reported hearing unexplained whispers and scratching along the hallways of the haunted fortress. Guards have reported similar unexplained occurrences such as ‘weird sensations’ and being pushed by an invisible force.
One of the most notorious ghosts that haunts the Akershus Fortress is that of a demonic dog named Malcanisen who’s said to guard the castle gates. Anyone who is approached by him will endure a horrible death sometime in the following three months, according to legend.
The ghost of a woman named Mantelgeisten is said to roam the halls as well. She is reported to have no facial features and wears a long robe. She appears from the darkness and walks back to her chamber.