Ghostly Activities would like to introduce you to our European correspondent, Lenore Björk. She will begin a spiritual journey and explore some of the most haunted locations in Europe. Her first report will come in June when she investigates the catacombs of the Paris underground.
Let’s get to know her better.
Introducing Lenore Björk
What’s your hometown?
My hometown is Åstorp, Sweden. I have lived in Ängelholm, which is near Malmö, for the last 4 years. It’s in the southern part of Sweden, called Skåne.
How long have you been interested with paranormal phenomena?
I have had a long interest with the supernatural. I was 7-years-old when I began to seek out supernatural information and research it. I had an experience with paranormal entities. In my teens, I began to read more books about the paranormal, and I also tried to control my abilities more. So, my interest and study has been more than 15 years.
Have you had many paranormal experiences?
My parents told me about the first time I had when I was in daycare. I was about 3- or 4-years-old. There was something in the center’s basement. It would talk to me. When you have psychic abilities, and you are too young to understand them, you have many experiences that feel strange. I continue to have these experiences to this day.
Would you tell us about your psychic and empathic abilities?
I’ve had empathic abilities all of my life. Usually, I get feelings about a place or a person. In some cases, the spirits introduce themselves to me. In other cases, they don’t want to talk. I can see them in my mind’s eye, and I can see things related to them like places or memories. In other instances, I just ‘know’ and their messages kind of flow. It is rare for me to hear their spoken words.
As a medium, I can connect with spirits that have passed over, and the spirits remaining in our world. I have also seen angels and departed relatives around people. I can convey their simple messages.
My abilities are evolving all the time. This is one reason for taking my journey around haunted places in Europe.
What places will you visit on your journey?
My first stop is the Paris catacombs. I will then visit Kutna Hora (the bone church) in Prague. After that, I will go to Auschwitz in Poland. I do want to visit Poveglia Island in Italy. As I travel, I will try to get to many haunted places as I can. If any readers know a good place, please contact me (Editor’s note: see ‘Connect with Lenore’ at end for social media handles and email).
Would you tell us a little about ghost hunting in Sweden?
The biggest organization in Sweden is Ghostagon. They operate like many teams in the USA. They gather EMF recordings and EVP. They also use sensitives on their investigations. It seems like the US has influenced much of Swedish ghost hunting. I haven’t heard of anyone using spirit boxes.
We do have a popular TV show about hauntings. In each episode, different mediums visit homes where the residents have had disturbing experiences. Then, they help the people get rid of the ghosts, or they give messages from departed loved ones. Unfortunately, it is the only show about ghosts on Swedish TV.
What are some well-known haunted places in Sweden?
We have many haunted places. Here are three of the best known ones:
Glimmingehus in Skåne – A castle built in 1499. There are many ghosts active here. Some of them include a carriage with 6 black horses that goes through the courtyard and disappear. A few other ghosts include the former owner, a gray man, and a sorrowful maiden.
Bäckaskogs Castle in Kristianstad – Another castle built around 1200. There are two ghosts that are very active. The first is a king’s war horse named Shejk. It was shot and buried in the garden after the king died. Now, you can hear it galloping, but, if you see it, don’t look at it or something bad will happen. The other ghost is Elvira. Her face was badly damaged and she was forced to wear a black veil for the rest of her life. You can find her roaming the halls and rooms of the castle today.
Priest’s House in Borgvattnet, Jämtland County – This is the most haunted place and many people have investigated there. It was built in 1782, but, in 1947, strange occurrences happened and the news got out. The last priest who lived there told people he sat in his rocking chair and something kept pushing him off it. There are also many stories of phantom footsteps, lights turning on-and-off, and invisible ‘things’ bumping into people. One woman woke up and saw three women sitting on her couch: Their faces were red and full of tears. There is also a gray lady, who walks through walls. In some cases, people have heard a baby and woman crying, and seen the shadows of small children. It’s a small hotel now and you can stay there.
Connect with Lenore:
Facebook: Lenore Nella Björk
Jacob ‘Jake’ Rice has always loved ghosts and scary stories. When he’s not being a tech nerd for work, he’s the gadget guy on the team. He hunts ghosts, spirits and other paranormal entities in Seattle and the Puget Sound area.