Located on a mountainside, 1600ft above sea level Jokers Asylum was originally opened as a sanatorium in 1902 for patients in Norway with a specific type of lung disease. The sanatorium originally catered for 96 patients when it opened, and was later extended to 120, and then 150.
The sanatorium was completely self-sufficient with its own power source, shops, a chapel and a post office.
Just after WWII a drug was invented that eliminated the lung disease, so there was no longer any need for the sanatorium, so it was turned into a psychiatric hospital.
Due to unknown reasons the site has now been inactive for over 20 years and is currently awaiting renovation.