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A Night Tour of Haunted Hoia Baciu Forest

Hoia Baciu forest near Cluj-Napoca became famous in the late 1960s when a military technician photographed an UFO above it. Since then paranormal activity can be detected in the area, local vegetation looks weird and strange events are reported! And that's just half of the stories about one of the world's most haunted forest... ready to see it?

What you need to know about the haunted forest of Romania tour:

  • This is a private tour from Cluj-Napoca. The tour can start between 18:00-22:00 depending on season and your preferences, and lasts 3 hours. Also available as day tour [see our other page]
  • Included: guidance from the #1 expert on this unique place in Romania, transport from Cluj-Napoca, ponchos in case of rain and flashlights
  • This will be an interesting hike of about 4 km in the forest for 2-3 hours, so have good shoes and warm clothing depending on weather
  • I'll take you to Poiana Rotunda, a perfectly circular plateau known for its dead vegetation zone where grass doesn't grow without any human intervention
  • I'll show you the most interesting spots in this unique forest, including bent trees, tree stumps and local vegetation that is just plain weird!
  • We'll use special electronic devices to do scientific measurements in this dense forest, like proper paranormal investigators would do in a unique place like this!

Additional information

We recommend you wear comfortable & warm clothes and good sports shoes or hiking boots. It might be muddy in case it's raining. After your booking is confirmed I'll tell you more about the weather, what to expect and bring.

Exact meeting point in the city of Cluj-Napoca and starting time will be agreed after I confirm your request.

The tour is PRIVATE and I don't like to mix tourists even if they book for the date. I want you to have a good experience in this strange forest so - please, book with as much advance notice as you can!

Moments to expect in the haunted forrest trip:

Enter Hoia Forest

We being our journey in Hoia forest from the edge of the forest on the outskirts of Cluj-Napoca. I will tell you the many local legends surrounding this place in Romanian culture, including where the name of the forest comes from (hint: it involves Romanian peasants and some unexplained events). As we start seeing unusual vegetation and crooked trees, some people may begin to experience unusual sensations, including of excitement and curiosity, as we go deeper in this dark forest known as the 'Bermuda Triangle of Romania!'

Enter Hoia Forest

A Round Clearing (Poiana Rotunda) in the middle of the forest!

We make our way to the main spot in the center of the forest called Poiana Rotunda, a perfect circle clearing known as the 'vegetation dead zone' where trees don't grow and grass stays at the same level. A biologist even came to take soil samples here and this is just one of many strange phenomena in the area. The other one caught international attention: in the late 1960s Emil Barnea, a military technician who happened to be camping in Hoia Baciu Forest, reported UFO sightings above the forest and photographed them. Wether this is just another make-believe story about a flying object and unexplained lights or not - the fact is there are too many inexplicable events in the same place!

A Round Clearing (Poiana Rotunda) in the middle of the forest!

Paranormal investigations

As if in a sci-fi movie about the most haunted places, we start using special measuring devices used by those looking for scientific explanations (EMF meter and Geiger counter). Sometimes, especially during a full moon which makes the forest an even more beautiful place, I came across areas with intense paranormal activity. As we go exploring, I'll tell you the story of how a young girl disappeared here and why locals believe the female voices that sometimes come from the forest are connected.

Paranormal investigations
2 x 70 Euro
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Sends us or the guide an email 24h before the tour informing us you can't make it and you'll get a full refund of your payment, no questions asked.

Location details

  • Starting point: Cluj - Napoca
  • Nearest airport: Cluj - Napoca International
  • Nearest train station: Cluj-Napoca
  • Landscape: Hills, countryside, forest

Questions about the Hoia Baciu forest tour:

Very rarely visitors of Romania's haunted forest - especially solo travelers - complained of strange symptoms: nausea, feeling of being watched or even short but intense feelings of anxiety. If that's the case, we'll immediately return to the big city. You're not in danger of physical harm but I want you to have a good, even if slightly uncomfortable, experience on this tour.
Lots of visitors with an interest in fantasy, legends and strange paranormal phenomena, especially from the United States, come to Romania to visit Dracula Castle (Bran Castle in Brasov). I'm the expert in this place and I don't know of any connection between Hoia Baciu forest and any Dracula legend - and I don't want you to get fooled by someone who says otherwise.

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