Experience magical Ekkerøy

Over a period of 40 years in the 1600s, a total of 14 women from Ekkerøy were burnt alive with the blessing of the government. Most of the women were married, and everyone but the Sami woman Guri were Norwegian. Today there are no traces from the women, but in the middle of the village – in a place called Været – there have been found remains of several wells from the Middle Ages. The old school – a white building – can be found in Været if you ever want to seek out the place where the women used to live.

If you do not believe in the power and healing of wet stones, you could find yourself a lucky stone instead. According to an old myth, a stone with a line going all the way across the stone, could bring you luck.

The women helped whenever people or animals were sick. There were no doctors in the area, so wise women often had to be the solution. They gathered herbs from the nature, which they then prepared, cooked and gave to the sick. They most likely only performed “white” magic, but were accused of black magic whenever a ship went down or the fishermen had no luck.

Welcome to Ekkerøy!