6/10 – The Demon Guardian of Akershus Fortress, Norway
Built-in the 1300s, Akershus Fortress has survived various invasions and therefore the Nazi occupation. Today it houses several museums, remains a lively military base, and hosts a spread of events. It’s also famous for being one among the foremost haunted places in Norway, and with good reason. In fact, the fortress contains numerous ghosts that it’s difficult to select any story out.
Many of them are thought to be prisoners who spent their last days locked inside the fortress walls, and whose whispering and chain rattling can still be heard echoing through the halls. Mantelgeisten, a faceless woman during a long robe, is assumed to be such a ghost and has often been seen returning to her cell.
The best-known spirit is that the Malcanisen, the so-called Demon Dog that’s said to protect the gates to the castle after being buried alive many years ago. Legend has it that anyone approached by the phantom pooch can expect a horrible death within the months to return.
Many people have reported hearing whispering and scratching sounds inside the fortress, and a few guards report the feeling of being pushed while patrolling the corridors…