Many years ago when I started to look for witnesses to impossible creatures here in the UK, I thought if I was really lucky and looked everywhere I may find 4 or 5 similar reports to my own. So as you can imagine my research has come a very long way since then, I have worked with people from all across the UK, North America, Russia and Canada learning everything and anything I could to try and explain what people are seeing and the to collect the stories behind those encounters. I have been very lucky to work with some of the top researchers in their field and now thanks to my friends in Europe and Russia we have started to plug the gaps as we realise these Hominid Creatures are all across the World, no matter what climate or country, there is a tale now or in history of a ‘hairy man like creature’ that lives away from humans and follows the laws of nature.
I contacted a gentleman in Sweden who had placed his encounter on one of the Cryptid forums looking for answers to an experience he had that is ongoing, as I was interested in the description he gave of the ‘Troll’ he has seen many times along the roadway close to home. I wanted to speak to him about his experience, as most of you know like all the Nordic Countries and here in the UK there are many old folklore tales of Trolls, Boggarts, Pixies, Goblins, Leshy’s and all manner of woodland folk, I have often wondered myself if these small brown hairy creatures that feature in our culture and history, like the Woodwose himself, are the creatures we now call Bigfoot or The Wildman? Are these sightings of an unidentified hominid of some kind? The Gentleman wrote out the encounter himself and the account is in his own words. I have included some information on the area and any other reports from Sweden.
I’ve have seen this ‘creature’ for a number of nights now on my way home from work. The first couple of times I just saw the reflection of ‘Its’ eyes caught by the headlights as it was sitting by the side of the road before ‘It’ skidders away off and out into the woods it calls home. At one time I saw ‘It’ peeking ‘Its’ head over the side railings along the dark mountain road I drive home on. If I am to try and describe the ‘creature’ I would say that it’s about 40-50 cm tall with a ‘big round head and large green eyes’ reflecting in the lights from the car. ‘It’ looks like a ‘small monkey’ but a monkey without a tail and I think ‘It’ has dark brown or black hair that covers ‘Its’ body and head. The thing is there are no wild animal in Sweden that fits the description of this ‘creature’.
My best theory is that it is a ‘Troll’ or some sort of ‘Goblin’. I’ve heard stories of ‘Goblins’ that live in the woods and in burrows along the creeks and rivers. But I never thought that I would see one, or at least I think it is a ‘Goblin”. That is the only thing that makes sense about this ‘creature’ or as much sense as it can make. It’s hard sometimes to believe your own eyes when you’re faced with something you never thought you’d see or something you didn’t think could exist. At first I thought ‘It’ was a cat or some other small animal because the first few times I saw ‘It’ I only saw ‘Its’ eyes shine in the light and that was almost cat like. So I presumed it was a cat as any rational person would. But as I saw more and more of ‘It’ I seriously started to doubt that it was a cat or a four legged animal. Today as I was driving home on the same road my doubts were proven right. This time I saw ‘It’ sitting on the side of the road just as I came around a bend and I had to brake as hard as I could. When the car came to a halt the ‘creature’ was about 4 meters from my car and I could see ‘Its’ eyes were staring right at me. I became paralyzed by fear and I could feel my heart pumping. ‘It’ just sat there for a minute or two just staring at me with those big green eyes, like ‘It’ was trying to figure out what to do next? Then ‘It’ turned around and ran out into the woods and I lost sight of ‘It’. I sat there for while trying to understand what I just saw but I couldn’t wrap my head around it. I don’t think I will be doing much sleeping tonight, I will probably just think about that creature and if I will see it again.
I’m not sure what I saw but as I say I think it might just have been a ‘Troll’ or something like that. There are many stories about ‘Trolls’ and ‘Goblins’ living in the forests around here and If anyone has encountered a similar ‘creature’ in Sweden or in any other country please share your experience or knowledge about what it might be, I really need some answers!
I wanted to help this gentleman and I did explain to him that he is not the only person in Sweden to describe a small hairy ‘troll’ like creature in the woodlands there. I do know of one gentleman who wishes to remain anonymous who has had sightings of a very similar type of creature in the Upsala region of Sweden. The man who visiting relatives in the area reports a large hairy light coloured ‘ape like creature’ crossing the road in front of his slowly moving car. The weather conditions were very bad and there was very little visibility due to the fog. The gentleman said “someone moving quickly across the road ran out in front of the car, they didn’t run like a human but moved more like an ape. Arms swinging and all one colour.
Included here are other encounters in Sweden of these strange hairy ‘creatures’
The Helsingland Bigfoot Creatures 1985
Strange Creatures in Europe featured a story related by Hunters in a Forest in the Helsingland area of Sweden. The story was featured on an episode aired by the Swedish radio channel P1 who reported a tale about strange unknown growls in a province of Halsingland. Two elderly moose hunters described how they had been tracking something big and smelly for a long way through the woodlands and becoming frustrated that they could not keep up to this unknown animal they finally released their dogs to give chase. “The dogs came back with their tails between their legs and were terrified”, said Karl Johansson from Bollnäs.
An earlier report comes from the Voxna region of Sweden and was reported by a lady who had a frightening experience in the woods. The Swedish Blog states a woman who wants to remain anonymous went out to a recreation area at Voxna to clean out their family cabin for the waiting summer. After a short while inside she suddenly heard what she described as “pretty heavy feet moving around outside the isolated cabin”. She sensed that this was not your ordinary intruder and was so scared she actually hid under a bed. “I never saw the ‘creature’ but when one hour had passed I got up and went outside and then I found giant footprints in the garden and around the house” in the snow. The lady stated the footprints measured 45 cm in length and 30 cm wide. There was plenty of them but she had no knowledge of making plaster casts and didn’t even consider that option, as the phenomenon of a Swedish Bigfoot never have come up for her before. She knew what she was experiencing was neither human or animal and the tracks were almost human in shape but quite large. It was on hearing about the next report in the region that she made the report.
As a couple of weeks later two teenage girls in the same area of Voxna were skinny-dipping in a nearby pond when they suddenly heard ‘someone’ or ‘something’ moving about in the thick undergrowth on the shore line. Teasing and calling the intruder a pervert, which they presumed they had caught as he spied on nude girls bathing. Being in a pair and not scared of the ‘pervert’ the two girls moved closer and closer towards the shore, planning to surprise or even catch the culprit red handed. Instead something out of a nightmare suddenly rose up in front of them. Tina, 15, stated: “How can I describe this ‘thing’ well? ‘It’ resembles an ape but ‘It’ was far more uglier and very very large”. Her friend Petra, 16, agreed and say´s that at the same time “a terrible stench” came from the ‘creature’ which growled at them and began pounding ‘Its’ chest. Tina and Petra were so shocked they ran back into the water and swam ashore a bit further down to avoid any further contact with the ‘ugly ape like creature’, then both girls ran through the woods without their clothes on and didn’t stop until they were home, a couple of kilometers away. Petra´s Father didn´t believe their story bout the ‘creature’ but admitted that something had given the girl´s a pretty bad scare. “I thought it must have been a bear”, he said. “There are bear in the area and if this one had a cub on the side, it could´ve seen the girl´s as a potential threat”.
The girls themselves, badly whipped by lashing branches, during their hysterical run through the woods, were adamant they did not see a bear but something far more frightening. “It was like a monster out of a movie and ‘It’ walked upright on two legs the whole time”, Tina said. “Even if ‘It’ was ugly ‘It’ more resembles a man than an animal”. The area where these possible Swedish bigfoots have been seen is extremely inaccessible according to locals, even dangerous except for the part where the cabins are located, with many small lakes and swamps. It´s located just south of Bollnas and cutting right through it is famous Helsinge trail, a walking path over both lower and higher ground, surrounded by low mountains.
A couple who are local to the area reported some strange ‘creatures’ on their land. Mrs. Gustavsson and her husband not only saw the Swedish Bigfoot but also heard it several times and even claim they found its droppings. People in the Swedish Fortian Society unfortunately don’t react to this as a cryptozoologist should stated Mrs Gustavsson and consequently they didn’t collect the evidence or take a photo of the prints or droppings . “‘It’ came quite close to our cabin and would kind of howl in the moonlight with a voice that reminded us of a human with a bassy deep toned voice, very very deep. We saw ‘It’ more like a silhouette against the sky, always keeping the sun in our eyes and ‘It’ never came so close that we could identify ‘It’ properly”, Mrs. Gustavsson stated “It was huge,and looked powerful and gave me the impression of being primitive but also very intelligent”.
She claims ‘It’ had at times made a whistling sound and at other times they would hear what was either an echo or another bigfoot, answering the call. When Mr. Gustavsson investigated the area in daylight he found the large footprints and also fresh droppings. “Its droppings reminded me of human excrement and first I thought that it was humans doing this, but they were left in such places a human never would go and I always found it in the area where we had seen this creature”, said Mr. Gustavsson. The Swedish Bigfoot seems to have stayed in the area for about five years now he reported.
In another area of Sweden in 2011 another report of a strange Bigfoot like creature happened in the Katrineholm region.
A gentleman from Katrineholm made a report about an incident that happened when he was out in woodlands close to his home. “It was about 2-3 pm and I had been walking in the woods just relaxing and listening to music. This happen during the dark season of year, as like Canada Winter brings 24hrs of darkness to the Nordic area, but there was enough low light available that the dim light did not obscure my view of the track, it was cloudy and it had just been raining”. “I’m walking along the illuminated trails and paths (in the forest) as I often do on weekends when I’m home from the city I study in. Usually I see deer during my walks and other woodland animals. It is often the same herd of deer that I see, I recognise each member which contains three smaller ones this year. So when I hear ‘something’ moving in the bushes I was prepared for one of the deer to come into view. I can hear ‘It’ getting closer and making a fair bit of noise moving along in the bushes, but ‘It’ was not a deer or anything else I had ever seen before. At first I just registered ‘something’ big and dark and with the same colour hair as a moose, but even a moose didn’t fit with what I was seeing. ‘It’ looked very strange and I couldn’t explain what I was seeing. As my first thoughts are of moose or wild boar I knew I needed to keep myself safe and out of harms way so I don’t follow, but I move a bit to the left and out of view of this ‘thing’. From my new position between two spruces I can make out the ‘creature’ is moving off to my right and I can see it in my peripheral vision and ‘It’ seems to be meeting up with ‘others’ I can’t see but I can hear them making noise off in the bushes).
Strangely I felt no anxiety at all at this point it was only afterwards at home rethinking the day through that shivers were sent down my spine.” I have never seen something like this since that day or previously in life? Are you familiar with stories of these animals from this area or do you know anyone who may have seen or talked about something like this? I really need some answers as no matter where I try I cant find anyone else who has seen ‘them’ other than myself.
Jamtland Bigfoot Creatures.
My name is Magnus I’m 44 years old and I live in the Jämtland area of Sweden since moving back here a few years ago. I’m was born in Ångermanland and my Father would often talk about these creatures himself and his experiences with them. And as I was growing up I had my own experiences with them. I moved abroad a lot over the years and stayed in a number of foreign countries before returning home to Sweden. My mother is from Jämtland so it’s through her I have connections there and family members in both areas. I dont call ‘them’ Bigfoots, we call ‘them’ “The woods people”. The Sami and the Older tribes people have different names for ‘them’ but I don’t speak Sami so I can’t pronounce the names. It’s easier for me to call them The Woods people as I don’t know what ‘they’ are. I know the Sami see them all across the tundra in other countries too like Norway, Finland and close to the border of Russia.
The area itself is ideal as it’s a very steep terrain. It’s a river valley with mountains on both sides of the river. The mountains are only about 400 meters high but very steep. the forests in the valleys are mixed forests with both coniferous and deciduous trees. You’ve got Pine and Spruce and Birch and Alder in there. The village is a sparsely populated area and from the forests to where my mother lives is over 10 km. It’s a small concentrated community with a couple of older houses and some farm houses. Outside of the small center it’s even more sparsely populated and there can be several hundred meters up to a kilometer between each house. Where my mother lives, it is 700- 800 meters to the closest neighbor. So her house is also surrounded by thick forests.
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Until Next Time, Deborah