Fairy Tale Land Realm
General Information
Status: Existing
Character Affiliations
Ruler: Elsa
Gerda and King of Arendelle (formerly)
King Harald (formerly)
Show Information
First appearance: "A Tale of Two Sisters"
Latest appearance: "Smash the Mirror"
Relevant Pages

Arendelle is a Fairy Tale Land realm featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the first episode of the fourth season.

Arendelle is based on a location of the same name from the Disney movie, Frozen.


Before First CurseEdit

One afternoon, Princess Ingrid and her sisters, Helga and Gerda, are nearly kidnapped by a scoundrel. Ingrid manifests ice powers, and her sisters make a pact, using three ribbons, to help conceal her powers. Years later, they go to a wizard, Rumplestiltskin, who asks for their ribbons in exchange for magic cancelling gloves and a urn to entrap Ingrid if she becomes too dangerous. However, when the Duke of Weselton finds out about Ingrid’s powers, he threatens to reveal her magic to Arendelle so everyone will know their future queen is a monster. Angered, Ingrid blasts him with her magic, but Helga takes the hit; turning into a frozen statue, which shatters, killing her instantly. Once Gerda finds out, she is unable to accept Ingrid's mistake and traps her in the urn. Grand Pabbie, on Gerda's request, erases everyone's memories of Ingrid and Helga. ("The Snow Queen")

After Gerda marries and becomes Queen, she has two daughters, Elsa and Anna. Elsa inherits ice magic, like Ingrid, which trouble her parents. When the two sisters are grown-up, Gerda and her husband go to Rumplestiltskin for a magical remedy to Ingrid's powers. Before the ship capsizes at sea, Gerda leaves a message in a bottle and tosses it into the ocean. Five years later, Elsa is now Queen. Anna, engaged to Kristoff, receives their mother's wedding dress from Elsa, who also discovers their mother's old diary. One written entry leads Elsa to believe her parents were frightened of her ice powers, but Anna takes her to Grand Pabbie, who admits their parents were going to Mist Haven on their ill-fated voyage. Since Elsa refuses to travelling there with her, Anna boards a ship alone while her sister is too late to stop her. ("A Tale of Two Sisters")

Elsa discovers Prince Hans of the Southern Isles, with the help of his brothers, is trying to seize Arendelle by trapping her in a magic urn. Elsa and Kristoff set out to destroy the urn, but under duress, she is forced to give the urn to Hans, who opens it. Instead of the relic imprisoning Elsa, the Snow Queen is released and freezes Hans. On return to the castle, the Snow Queen, Ingrid, reveals herself as Elsa's aunt. ("Rocky Road")

During her stay in Mist Haven, Anna finds out her parents sought out Rumplestiltskin to get rid of Elsa's powers. Worried about hurting Elsa with the news, she doesn't tell her sister the truth. Suspicious of Ingrid's motives, Anna goes to Grand Pabbie, and she brings along a companion, Belle, who also needs his help. Once Grand Pabbie confesses Ingrid's relation to Gerda and Helga, Anna attempts to rush home to warn Elsa. However, Anna is knocked unconscious after a fall from a cliff caused by Ingrid's magic. While she is blacked out, Ingrid steals a sorcerer's hat, which Anna stole from Rumplestiltskin. She then whisks Anna away and locks her in a cell. Ingrid accuses her of planning to use the hat on Elsa, but Anna denies it and confronts the latter about their family's secrets. Instead, Ingrid reveals she had intended for herself, Anna and Elsa to be a family. Since Anna has no magical abilities, she dubs her niece the "odd woman out" and vows to find someone to replace her. ("Family Business")



For detailed location information, please see the list of Arendelle locations.


  • Arendelle is located across the seas from the Enchanted Forest.[1] Navigating the sparse seas between Arendelle and the Enchanted Forest is possible, but it is a dangerous and time-consuming voyage. ("A Tale of Two Sisters")
  • The inhabitants are not familiar with the presence of magic outside of Arendelle, which is abundant elsewhere in their world. ("A Tale of Two Sisters", "White Out")


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.