Vikingdays

Vikingdays in Ulva

On 7-8 August and 14-15 August,2021 Ulva craft association will organise a new event, “Viking Days in Ulva”, an occassion for the whole family. Come and enjoy a lively viking theater, test your skills at hands-on crafts in the viking workshop or try rowing a Viking boat! Listen to lectures about Ulva during the Viking Age, buy viking-inspired handicrafts and meet Ulls Vikingar, re-enacting viking age to life.


Viking workshop for kids

Hands-on experience in making your own jewelry-charm, necklaces, engraving your own rune stone with your name in runic script, or learning to draw a Viking sketch.

Dates: 7th – 8th and 14th- 15th August
Time: 11-16
Location: Alvens ateljé, Hantverksbyn Ulva kvarn
Free entrance. Material cost only, SEK 20.


Viking Theatre for all

Enjoy viking theatre in the calming and spacious apple orchard of Ulva with your family! Here you get to meet the vikings Odd and Toke enacting old tales about the kings Ane, Egil and Adils, who are said to be buried in Old Uppsala mounds. Listen to Odd and Toke narrating the fate and adventures of the old kings. The performance is for about 20 minutes and is suitable for both adults and children.

Dates: 7th – 8th and 14th- 15th August
Time: 11:00-16:00
Plats: Outside in the apple orchard, Hantverksbyn Ulva kvarn
Actors: Mats Tielman Lindberg och Fredrik Mattsson.
Suitable for adults as well as children from 6 years.
Free entrance.

Foto: Sven-Olof Ahlgren

Have a go at rowing the Viking boat Torun

Viking rowing for young and adult vikings! Borrow viking clothes and get on board the viking boat Torun. You can choose to either try to row yourself or just sit and enjoy the nature.

Dates: 7th – 8th and 14th- 15th August
Time: 11:00-15:00, starts every hour.
Duration: 30 mins which includes changing into viking clothes, rowing and safety instructions, steering in and out from the dock etc, of which the actual rowing trip takes about 15 minutes.
Location: Ulva Kvarn, by northside of the bridge in Fyrisån, opposite Asptrappan.
Price: SEK 20 for children (up to 15 years), SEK 40 for students and pensioners, SEK 60 for adults. No pre-registration, ticket purchase is on site at the event information tent. (swish).
Organizer: Sport Adventure Travels, Ensta (Valsgärde).

For further information visit: https://sportat.se/vikinga-dagar/


Ulva with friends

Meet craftsmen offering various commodities created with inspiration from the Viking Age.

Dates: 7th – 8th and 14th- 15th August
Time: 11:00-16:00
Location: Craft Village at Ulva Kvarn, between the red houses.


Ulls viking

Welcome to Ull’s Viking camp. Here you can get a sense of what a temporary camp site might have looked like during the Vikings’ many journeys. The Vikings on site can carefully show off their weapons and some of the choirs, work and fun that people at that time undertook in order to survive and as entertainment. Maybe you have what it takes to beat one of them in the board game Hnefatafl?

Ulls vikingar is a Viking association from Uppsala that is engaged in the historical re-creation of the Viking Age. They sew clothes and collect equipment that allows them to live and look like people did before. The group also trains in martial arts, a type of sport that aims to resemble combat during the earlier Iron Age. The association has only existed for four years, but the group has existed since 2006. Right now, Ull’s Vikings are looking for new members with similar interests, contact them if you are interested. The association belongs to the association Sverok, is politically and religiously independent and protects the equal value of all people. Vikings with a great interest in history who like to hang out with friends around the campfire. Welcome to join them!

Dates: 7th – 8th and 14th- 15th August
Time: 11:00-16:00
Place: Craft Village at Ulva Kvarn, field beside the White Mill House by the river.
Free entrance.


Wandering lecture – “Ulva during the Viking Age, neighbours with Gamla Uppsala and Valsgärde”.

A unique opportunity to listen to John Ljungkvist, archaeologist at Uppsala University.

In Ulva there are no known burial mounds, nor silver treasures or chieftains’ farms. Yet, Ulva was one of the most important hubs during the Viking Age and even earlier. It was the terminal for the large boats of the time, an important connection point and a junction between Uppland’s two largest villages, Forkarby and Gamla Uppsala. Ulva is a place that has had several roles throughout history but where communication and water have always been at the center.

Date: Saturdays, 7th and 14th of August.
Time: 13.00.  The lecture takes about 45 mins. 
Place: Craft Village at Ulva Kvarn, gathering starts at the event information tent.
Participation is free of cost. No booking in advance is required.


Exhibitions and tours with a Viking theme in Gamla Uppsala

Gamla Uppsala museum organises extra exhibitions and tours in Gamla Uppsala on various themes regarding the Viking Age. Booking is applicable on site at the Gamla Uppsala Museum on the same day you want to take the tour. Reservations are made in the tent outside the museum or at the museum’s reception if it’s raining.

Themes

12.30: Viking graves in Gamla Uppsala
13.30: Clothes and appearance during the Viking Age
14.30: The viking age ( This tour is in English).
15.30: Asatro (The old Nordic religion) and Blót

Dates: 7th – 8th and 14th- 15th August
Time: See Themes for specific times.
Place: Gamla Uppsala, starting at the Gamla Uppsala museum.
Tickets: See above for booking details.
Price: Entrance fee to the museum: Adults: SEK 80, Students: SEK 60 and free for children accompanying adults that buy an entrance ticket. The entrance fee covers the price for the tours/exhibitions/lectures.
Organisers: Gamla Uppsala Museum.

Gamla Uppsala Museum also has its usual tours about Gamla Uppsala five times a day, at 12:00 and 15:00 in English, 13:00 and 16:00 in Swedish and family show in Swedish at 14:00.


HUNGRY LIKE A VIKING?

Café Ulva kvarn– a café with tradition
We are located in the heart of the crafts village in the scenic Ulva Kvarn. https://www.ulvakvarn.com/verksamheter/cafe-ulva-kvarn/

Ulva krog- a unique restaurant in beautiful nature
Restaurant Ulva krog is located at the White Mill House beside the water close to the Fyrisån rapid. They serve Mediterranean cuisine. Croatian food prepared in a Dalmatiskt touch.

Odinsborg restaurant and café
It is housed in a charming wooden building in Old Norse style, next to the famous “Kungshögarna” in Gamla Uppsala. https://www.odinsborg.nu/


GENERAL INFORMATION

Event: Viking Days in Ulva
About: Celebrating and reliving the viking ways. Meet craftsmen and their creations inspired from the Viking Age.
Find Us: Hitta hit (ulvakvarn.com)
Parking:
On the field opposite Ulva Kvarn. Follow signs and staff instructions!
Parking fee: 40 SEK per day will be charged on Saturday the 7th and 14th of August between 10:00-14:30 and on Sunday the 8th and 15th of August between 11:00-14:30.


ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS

The event is organized by Ulva artisans association with the support of Ulva Kvarn Program Council.
The association consists of the craftsmen and companies that are active in and around Ulva Kvarn. The association also organises larger events such as Ulva Fairs ( Spring, Autumn, Christmas) and Flea Market.

The program council for Ulva Kvarn has been formed to increase the potential of Ulva as an attractive destination and strengthen the vitality of the companies. The Program Council includes representatives from Destination Uppsala’s business and destination section, the Culture Administration, Sports Properties, the City Building Administration sections of the Uppsala Municipality and the Ulva Artisans Association.


HISTORICAL BACKGROUND TO THE EVENT

For over a thousand years ago, Vikings and their ancestors lived near what we now know as Ulva Kvarn, as well as in many other places throughout Uppland. Here they lived on estates and farms, cultivated land, engaged in trade and made long and famous journeys on their long boats. If you follow the Fyrisån river just a few kilometres east of Ulva, you will come to Gamla Uppsala, one of the Scandinevia’s largest ancient grave mound. No other place in Sweden has more grave monuments of this size. A couple of kilometers north of Gamla Uppsala along the Fyrisån is “Valsgärdegravfältet” with almost 100 graves. Many of there might seem like mounds or elongated sinks today but the ground beneath bears evidence of the location of 15 boat graves.

The strategic location by the Fyrisån river made it possible to travel long distances to the continent’s countries through the lake Mälären. One can only imagine all the objects that were transported back from distant lands to Upplands through Gamla Uppsala, Ulva, Valsgärde and Vendel.

Ulva was the definitive end stoppage for the large boats of the time, but still boats almost ten meters long often passed the ford at Ulva for onward voyage to Valsgärde and destinations to the north. In other words, Ulva was a tow point for boats, but more importantly, and as the name suggests, a passage across the Fyrisån river that led to and from the large central Upsala.

The name, the wolf’s ford, probably dates back to the Viking Age and may even be from earlier.


MORE “VIKINGS AND MIDDLE AGE EXPERIENCES”

Upplands Museum: One of the museum’s permanent exhibition focuses on Uppland’s antiquity for 5,000 years – e.g., Viking-era jewellery, silver coins and swords. What could your family have looked like during the Viking Age? An exhibition about runes and rune stones is currently on display at the museum. Uppland has the greatest number of rune stones in the world – about 1300. They give us an exciting insight into the world of the Vikings.
https://www.upplandsmuseet.se/

Valsgärde burial ground: Located on a hill next to Fyrisån, 2.5 kilometers north of Gamla Uppsala, is one of the country’s most remarkable burial grounds. Here lies a man who was buried about 1400 years ago,in a boat. With him in the boat is buried his weapons, household utensils, food, horses and dogs. He was not the first to be buried in this place and after him more would be buried in a similar way. https://digitaltmuseum.se/011013955495/valsgarde-gravfalt-gamla-uppsala-1987

King Björn’s Mound: Or Hågahögen as it is also called, is a seven meter long burial mound dating from the Bronze Age. It is located in the beautiful nature reserve of Hågadalen-Nåsten. Hågahögen is Scandinavia’s gold rich Bronze Age tomb. The name of the mound comes from the legends of Uppland’s former king Björn who had a farm here in the ninth century. https://www.upplandsstiftelsen.se/visa-alla-omraden/kung-bjorns-hog-i-hagadalen-nasten__831

Vendel and Vendel Age Museum. https://www.svenskakyrkan.se/vendel-tegelsmora/vendeltidsmuseet

Broborg. One of Uppland’s most magnificent ancient castles. https://www.visitknivsta.se/broborg/

Vikingagården Gunnes gård: An open-air museum in Upplands Väsby. https://www.upplandsvasby.se/gunnes-gard.html

The Viking village of Storholmen: An archeological open air museum in Roslagen https://www.storholmen.org/

Årsunda Viking! The Viking village open in July and August, week 28-29 and week 30-32! http://www.arsundaviking.se/