Hell is a village in the Lånke area of the municipality of Stjørdal in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway.
The village of Hell has become a minor tourist attraction because of its name, as visitors often have their photograph taken in front of the station sign. The station sign reads Gods-expedition, an archaic Norwegian spelling of the word for “cargo handling” (godsekspedisjon would be the current spelling).
The name Hell stems from the Old Norse word hellir, which means “overhang” or “cliff cave”. The Norwegian word hell in its everyday usage usually means “luck”. The Old Norse word Hel is the same as today’s English Hell, and as a proper noun, Hel was the ruler of Hel. In modern Norwegian the word for hell is helvete.
Among English-speaking tourists, popular postcards depict the station with a heavy frost on the ground, making a visual joke about “Hell frozen over.” Temperatures in Hell can reach −20 °C (−4 °F) during winter.
The station itself, Hell Station, is situated at a railway junction where the Nordlandsbanen rail line north to Bodø branches off from the Meråkerbanen between Trondheim and Storlien, Sweden. Hell Station is currently a manned railway station.
Text by: Thor Bugge Lanesskog, ThorNews