Perhaps we should rephrase that, haunted places in Iceland that you should visit at least once whilst you’re travelling in Iceland.
Halloween is not traditionally an Icelandic celebration, however, a little honest spookiness can’t be missed out without mentions of haunted places in Iceland.
We’re not talking about Transylvanian vampires, American werewolves or Apocalyptic zombies, but on the contrary, even scarier, dark places engrained with a dose of Icelandic folklore and sightings.
Haunted places in Iceland
Haunted House of Hofdi
Built in 1909, the former French Consulate’s house, was the meeting point for a summit (Reykjavik summit) held by two super powers Mikhail Gorbachev (former president of the USSR) and Ronald Reagan (former president of the US) in 1986.
It was used as a neutral meeting point to bring an end to the Cold War which ultimately failed. The haunted house of Hofdi is a large, isolated house opening out over the Reykjavik bay. It has been inhabited for a while and whomever has lived there in the past has not been able to do so for a long period.
Some say it has been built upon an old viking burial site, others say it is haunted because a caretaker is seen roaming the grounds protecting the house from outsiders although, nobody can name the caretaker.
A former owner of the house was certain, a young lady know as the White Lady haunts the house and he was forced to sell up and move as the ghost lady was notorious for peculiar happenings in the house and the surrounding land.
Apparently, the young lady’s ghost like presence still remains and haunts the house of Hofdi.
Stokksnes’s Viking Ghost
As far a haunted places in Iceland go, this is spooky! Stokksnes is located on the south east tip of Iceland. When in Stokksnes you’re surrounded by stunning grassy outcrops and sand drifts formed by the strong winds in the area. Closest village is Hofn.
The mountain at Vesturhorn dates back to about 10 million years and is one of the few gabro rocky mountains that can be found in Iceland. In the very early days, vikings habited this coastal area with a certain amount of aggression towards early Irish settlers.
Apparently, there have been several shipwrecks off this coast line which is where it’s believed to have brought out a viking ghost. The ghost trawls from the ocean and roams the sand dunes in the night. A sizeable, hairy man has been sighted repeatedly by many locals.
If that’s not enough, large foot prints have been spotted in the sand washed by the waves minutes before the footprints appeared.
Hvítárnes Haunted Hut of the Highlands
The huts high up in the highlands of Iceland have been used by people for many reasons. It was used by herdsmen, by travelling mountain men and to this day, used by visiting trekkers who need shelter to put their heads down for the night.
The Hvítárnes Haunted Hut is not far from the Hvítárvatn lake. It is one of the oldest mountain huts covered in a turf roof and because of its character and age, it is protected by the Icelandic Touring Association. OK, so it doesn’t sound very haunted, but here are some things people have said;
A female ghost has been spotted in and around the hut by visitors. She is known to have one arm missing and disturbs the guests as they are falling asleep. It is said, there is one particular bed she dislikes being slept on.
Visitors have often spotted a woman in the hut looking out of a window but upon entering, it is empty and quiet. People have talked about thunderously, angry sounds approaching the hut and when they go outside to see what the noise is it goes silent and hollow.
There have also been voices heard in the dead of night and as you approach that area of the hut, the voice shifts to the opposite side or moves upstairs.
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There have been a few more sightings of ghosts and haunted happenings in Reykjavik and around Iceland, but as far as creepiness goes, these we felt are this Halloweens creepiest!
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