There are currently 200 documented testimonies from a total of 500 people who say they have seen the Lake Monster Storsjöodjuret. These documents are kept at the county Museum Jamtli. Many more have spoken orally about their experiences, but haven not come forward with a written testimony. There are probably a great number of people who have seen unexplainable phenomena in the dark waters of lake Storsjön but haven not dared to come forward at all.
All witnesses agree on this one thing:
“It is a strong experience to meet the beast, an experience which you never forget.”
Could all these witnesses be wrong?
First Written Proof
The first known written evidence of the existence of an extraordinary animal residing in lake Storsjön dates back to 1635. A church minister named Mogens Pedersen from Herdal wrote the statement. It tells about two trolls, Jata and Kata, who cooked a witch brew at the shore of lake Storsjöns. When they had boiled the brew for many many years, something started to move and quiver in the cauldron and a big bang was heard.
“A strange animal with a black wormlike body and catlike head jumped out of the cauldron and disappeared into the depths of lake Storsjön. The animal enjoyed the the lake, grew immensely and caused horror among the people living around the shores. Finally, it had gotten to the point where it was long enough to reach around the island Frösön and could bite itself in the tail.”
The statement further says that the beast was later cast under a spell and the formula was cut into a stone, and many believed this stone to be the Frösö Runestone – since it has a long wormlike monster on it.
A Sympathetic Beast
The years have gone by and no one has yet been able to prove that there really is a monster lurking in the depths of lake Storsjön. But on the other hand, no one has been able to prove there isn´t one… Some say that the beast has humps on it´s back and a long pointed tail. Others say that the beast is green and has white dots, and that it lays eggs every year. But everyone says that the beast is a nice beast. It is our own lake monster and the story is a part of the people of Jämtland Härjedalen.
The Lake Monster Research Center in Svenstavik
By the southernmost tip of Lake Storsjön there is a small community called Svenstavik. Inside the local library there is an interactive research and visitor´s center for all curious to know more about the monster. The center is always standby in case there is a monster sighting via the monitors on the bottom of lake Storsjön. Young and old researchers are welcome to find out all the known facts of the monster. There are films of true witnesses telling their stories and you can draw your own monster, process it through the “Monster Making Machine” and see your own monster swim off on the wall of the center.
Become a Monster Researcher
What is actually lurking under the surface? There are no answers yet. Submarine cameras are deployed in Lake Storsjön and sometimes unexplained movements and figures have appeared on the screens. Take a boat trip and look down into the depths of lake Storsjön. Perhaps you will see the Storsjöodjur’s pointed tail swing by … or maybe the eye of the monster will stare back at you … and maybe Storsjöodjuret got kids … Who knows …