Summary: In December l981, unknown lights suddenly started to appear in the skies above Hessdalen. As no official institute with governmental support in Norway seemed to be interested in these strange lights, five individual researchers began their own research project: Project Hessdalen.
In December l981, unknown lights suddenly started to appear in the skies above Hessdalen. These lights could sometimes stand still for more than an hour. They were also seen to move around slowly before stopping, and sometimes they were observed traveling at a fast rate of speed. At one time the lights were tracked on radar and were estimated to be traveling at approximately 8,500 meters per second. These lights were observed just about everywhere and more often than not they were below the horizon down in the valley and not high up in the sky. It has to be said that the vast majority of the lights were reported to be below the tops of nearby mountains. No one in Hessdalen could offer an explanation for these strange lights.
The lights themselves appeared to have several different shapes. This was something that became quite apparent when the lights were photographed. The main shapes were; bullet shaped, with the sharp end down, a round football shape, and an upside down Christmas tree shape. There were other shapes but the above three were the main ones. The colours of the lights were mostly white or a yellow/white. Sometimes a small red light could be seen amongst the white. On a few occasions the lights were made up of every colour in the rainbow. The lights could be observed several times a day, but they were seen more during the night. At the most they were observed four times a day. There were more reports of the lights in the winter rather than the summer. One reason for this might be the fact that in summer Hessdalen has almost perpetual daylight.
The reports of the strange lights carried on throughout l982, but suddenly in the spring of l983, sightings of them dropped rapidly. By the summer of l983 there were no reports of the lights at all. However, in the autumn and winter of l983 the sightings began again but in far fewer numbers than before. Things changed somewhat in the autumn of l984 as the sightings began once more to increase. As no official institute with governmental support in Norway seemed to be interested in these strange lights, five individual researchers began their own research project: Project Hessdalen. Their aim was simple, to discover what the lights in Hessdalen were. The project consisted of a working committee which had the responsibility of running the project, and an advisory committee to help the working committee in the theoretical part of the project. The advisors were also there to act as an ‘expert’ group to answer questions from others involved in the project.
Small and strong white or blue flashes which could show up everywhere in the sky.
Yellow or yellow/white lights. These lights were, more often than not, observed in the valley and below the horizon. Sometimes they were just above the rooftops and even down on the ground. They could appear stationary for more than an hour before slowly moving off around the valley, and sometimes they could show extremely fast acceleration and very fast speeds.
Several lights together at a fixed distance from each other. Mostly these were yellow or yellow/white lights with a red light at the front. These lights could move slowly around the tops of the mountains.
One of the leading researchers for UFO Norway and Project Hessdalen is Mr Odd-Gunnar Roed from Tonsberg in southern Norway. This is what he said when asked what these strange lights could be:
Well that is almost an impossible question to answer. First these lights appear intelligent then on the other hand they don’t appear to be that intelligent as they are traveling through this remote valley doing absolutely nothing. We never witnessed anything of a structured nature, only lights. However, the local people have reported close encounter type cases and close-up UFO sightings of cigar shaped objects. We have had the lights react to us, for example, we decided to turn off our instrumentation and the sightings increased, when we decided to turn it back on again the sightings decreased. This was when we decided to do this not when we actually hit the switch. So you can see, it if very difficult to answer this question but I would go as far to call these lights an intelligent natural phenomena.