Uppland Explorer

Go on a day trips to explore the historical county of Uppland North of Stockholm. Visit some of the most interesting and famous historical sights of Sweden and towns like Sigtuna and Uppsala. Learn about Sweden’s mediaeval time, Vikings and pre-Christian beliefs. This is a must do trip for all international students in Stockholm!
 
When: Sunday September 3rd
Duration: 09:00-18:00
Departure point: KTH be there 10 minutes early.
Price: 20 Euro
 
Included: Transport in a tourist bus and guide service. The trip is guided by a Scanbalt Guide and for the first hours also a local guide and expert on history. Gamla Uppsala Museum is optional and cost 60 SEK for students. 
 
Bring: Good walking shoes, rain proof jacket, small backpack, some snacks and something to drink, camera
 
Program 
 
We leave Stockholm behind and start with the area of Vallentuna which is packed with Viking history. Listen to the stories and check runestones and other monuments. We continue to Sigtuna a cosy historical town at Lake Mälaren. It was actually Sweden’s first real city and the capital before Stockholm grow in importance. In Sigtuna you will have time to stroll around and have lunch.
 
Travelling North we also travel back in Time. Next stop is Old Uppsala maybe the most important pagan place of worship in Scandinavia. But it was also an important economically and politically since Kings ruled from there. Historical sources tell about Uppsala even been the home of the ancient gods. It seems like there’s been an important temple where every ninth years huge religious gatherings took place. Christians said there were festivities and sacrificing of both animals and humans. Today you can explore the area with three huge grave mounds, the museum and there’s also lots of information outside.
 
When Christianity won of the old gods a church was built in Old Uppsala but later during the middle ages the Arch Bishop of Sweden moved to the spot of today’s Uppsala where the Dome Church was built. It’s still the biggest church in Scandinavia and if it’s not closed for a concert or religious ceremony you can enter. Inside you can find the graves of Swedish Kings like Gustav Vasa and other celebs like the scientist Carl von Linné. The first University in Sweden was established in Uppsala and the University and the students have a huge impact on the city. Here you probably have the best student night life in Sweden! After Uppsala, we will head South and be back in Stockholm about 18:00.
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