The Unexplained: Could the Hessdalen Lights be extraterrestrial?

 

Sometimes the lights go and sway slow and sway back and forth.  Other times, the lights speed through like lightning.

Near the tiny village of Hessdalen, Norway, something quite special greets any guests drawn to the area.  What you could call a camp is situated there in the dark chill of night.

It consists of scattered structures, called lavvo tents.  These tents have glass ceilings that enable the occupants to stare up at the starry sky, in hopes of catching something mysterious and quite beautiful rolling about above.  This location draws in-the-know people from all over the globe and some have even put the destination at the top of their bucket list.

Hessdalen is located in the Hessdalen Valley in a rural area of central Norway.  The lavvo tents are in an opening surrounded by towering coniferous trees.  Tourists from other parts of the world should be prepared for the cold, the isolation, and they should plan on spending one complete night or more if they wish to view the otherworldly attraction that sometimes visits the area.

These mystical surprises are huge lights of bright white, yellow, or red.  No one knows what causes the Hessdalen Lights.  They appear in a seven and a half-mile-long stretch of the Hessdalen Valley.  They may appear in a flash and be gone, or they may last an hour or more.  People have been seeing them there since the 1930s.  Since it is sparsely populated, the lights may have been there long before that and were only noticed when people moved into parts of the valley. Sometimes the lights go slow and sway back and forth.  Other times, the lights speed through like lightning.

Sara Marie Hogg

The lights do not just arrive at night.  They are seen sometimes in daylight hours.

To make them more mysterious yet, the lights have started making only 10-20 visits per year.  There was a hot period between 1981 and 1984 when the lights displayed themselves 15-20 times per week.  That period was what sparked the interest of tourists.  Many of the visitors come because they believe the lights have to be caused by extraterrestrial activity of some kind.

There are about 130 residents of the Hessdalen area.  It would be normal then, that some of the permanent residents would think of ways to make the tourists more comfortable.  In addition to the lavvo tents, there is a UFO pub that serves UFO Beer and UFO Burgers.  There are other residents that have organized a UFO Safari.  They lead visitors on drives into the mountains to scout for more lights and to spend the nights in mountain cabins.  It is a wonderful experience as they take in the wonder of nature all around in the beautiful area.

The mayor of the village believes more visitors will be interested in coming to their area and they plan to build more tourist cabins.

During the hot period of the 1980s, scientists set up studies and programs to try to document the light activity and search for causes.  Two of the projects were more prominent:  Project Hessdalen began as the most important study and it was manned by engineers, students, and journalists.  The Triangle Project involved studying and photographing a group of lights that maintained a pyramid shape in the late 1990s.

More recently, the EMBLA program was started to coordinate gather all of the research collected so far on the interesting phenomenon.  EMBLA works with the help of Ostfold University College and the Italian National Research Council.

Besides extraterrestrial activity, other origins for the lights have been considered.  One of the theories involves the combustion of the special elements there: hydrogen, oxygen, and sodium.  Another possibility involves radiation, crystals, and plasma in the atmosphere, creating glowing dust cocktails in the sky above.  There is another theory that is too scientifically complicated to write about here, but it also involves ions and crystals and gas bubbles.

No scientific findings have been definite for the origin of the Hessdalen Lights.  Maybe it is something else out there that causes them.  Uff da!

Sara Marie Hogg is the author of Curious Indeed, a collection of true stories about the unknown and unexplained. Please click HERE to find the book on Amazon.

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