Ages to explore
Ice Age - 9000 B.C.
Vendel Era - 540-800 A.D.
Viking Age 800-1050 A.D.
The Middle Ages - 1050-1520 A.D.
Graves, treasures & runestones
Viking ship burials were a burial tradition in which the deceased was placed in a ship along with their belongings and then buried, often with a mound or monument to mark the site. These burials were reserved for individuals of high status, such as chieftains or wealthy individuals. The ships were often burned or buried intact, and they served as a symbol of the person’s status and importance in Viking society. The ship graves have provided valuable insights into Viking culture and technology, as well as the beliefs and practices surrounding death and the afterlife.
Mjod and open fire meals
Viking food was simple and mostly consisted of meat, fish, bread, and porridge. The Vikings also consumed dairy products such as cheese and butter, as well as fruits and vegetables when available. Mead, a fermented honey drink, was a popular alcoholic beverage among the Vikings. In Uppsala you can try it! At Odinsborg, located with a view over the mounds you can try mead yourself!
Ship burial sites in Valls Gärde
Distance from Uppsala Central Station - Old Uppsala Mounds
Runic stones in Uppland
Unexavated mounds in Old Uppsala
Visit Old Uppsala in the year 670 A.D
The plain that surrounded Old Uppsala around AD 650, which was adorned not only with the burial mounds but also with halls, a grand parkway, and a bustling marketplace, has now disappeared. However, a newly created Virtual Reality reconstruction enables visitors to stroll through the landscape and experience it as it once was.
Download the Augmented History app.
Step into history through your phone
Visir was a district of Old Uppsala that played an important role in the history of the area. The name “Visir” comes from the Old Norse word “visir,” which means “meadow.” Step into Visir through augmented reality. Download the app “Visir: Old Uppsala.
Runic stones provide a unique portal to the Viking age. Our region is packed with runic stones, to say the least. In fact, half of Sweden’s 2,800 known runic stones and inscriptions are located in Uppland. A cultural treasure of mandatory stops for those who want to see the whole picture of Viking history in the County of Uppsala. But you don’t need to travel far outside Uppsala – a few of them stand in the city centre as reminders of a bygone era.
If you’re finding it hard to choose which ones to see, we have listed below some of the runic stones that are worth a visit:
- The runic stone in the University Park
- The Vårdsätra Bondkyrka Church Parish runic stone – Lövängsvägen 8
- The runic stone at Läby vad – Läbyvadsvägen