Sweden has celebrated Midsummer for hundreds of years. Today, Midsummer’s Eve is one of the year’s most important celebrations and a much appreciated Swedish tradition. In Uppsala, many Midsummer celebrations are open to the general public.
A brief history
In summer, when the days are the longest, the Swedes celebrate Midsummer’s Eve. This always takes place on the Friday that falls between 19 and 25 June. There has historically been some form of celebration around the time of the summer solstice, long before Sweden adopted Christianity, but we do not know exactly how it was celebrated.
On Midsummer’s Eve, the tradition is to pick flowers and collect birch twigs, which are used to bind floral wreaths worn on the head and to decorate the maypole. At Midsummer, Swedes eat herring, new potatoes and strawberries. We wear regional costume or summer clothes, play traditional games and music, and celebrate with friends and family.
You can read more about Midsummer celebrations at sweden.se.
Midsummer celebrations in Uppsala
In and around Uppsala, you can celebrate Swedish Midsummer traditions with maypole dancing, games and music. Our events calendar lists all available Midsummer events, and the list is updated on a continuous basis.
Stay at a hotel or hostel in Uppsala
There is accommodation with different price ranges and to suit all preferences. Choose between several hotels and hostels, from modern hotels at the city centre to charming rooms in the countryside.
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Getting to Uppsala for Midsummer
Getting to Uppsala is easy, whether you travel by car, bus or train. Read more on the page Travelling to Uppsala.
Opening hours at Midsummer
During Midsummer, several shops and attractions around Uppsala will keep limited hours. Please contact the Uppsala Tourist Center if you have any questions about availability during Midsummer.
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