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12 000 years in Uppsala

What did Uppsala look like 12 000 years ago? Take a walk and find places that will take you back into history.
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.1 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  Twelve thousand years ago, the ice age was still holding its cold arms around this part of Sweden. The enormous ice caps grinded the... more »

Tips:  You will pass several interesting buildings on your walk.

At point 2: You are standing next to Upplandsmuseet, a museum with... more »

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Points of Interest

1. City limits

If you would have been standing here three hundred years ago, you would have been just outside the city limit of Uppsala. Can you feel the heat? Around three hundred years ago, most of Uppsala was on fire. If you would have been standing here then, you would have been safe. This is where the city ended, back then.

2. Where Uppsala began

If this was eight hundred years ago, you would have been standing by a harbour. Can you smell the sea? Back then, large sailing ships could sail by sea all the way to Uppsala. Today, the nearest sea shore is more than fifty kilometres away.

3. Walking on the sea floor

If this would have been nine thousand years ago, you would have been standing on the bottom of the sea. Schools of fish was swimming above you, and the occasional Ringed Seal or Grey Whale could have passed above your head. Back then, the sea surface were approximately where the top of the church towers are today.

4. The melting ice

If this would have been twelve thousand years ago, it would have been very dramatic indeed. The massive ice-sheets of the ice age where melting. There was a large river of melt-water right at this very spot, flowing from where the church is today towards were you are standing. The river carried enormous amounts of gravel and clay. The gravel made ... More