No traditional Valborg celebrations in Uppsala

27 March 2020

The running of the falls in the Fyris River

The running of the falls is one of the activities that cannot go ahead in Uppsala the last day of April this year.

Activities connected with the traditional celebration of Walpurgis Eve (Valborg) will be cancelled. This is because of the government decision, at the request of the Public Health Agency of Sweden, to stop public gatherings and events with more than 50 people to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

On the days around 30 April, around 150,000 people usually gather in central Uppsala to experience a traditional Valborg celebration. Many of them are visitors from elsewhere or students. The event has no overall organiser, as the programme consists of many different items organised by various actors, as well as spontaneous gatherings. A number of organisers collaborate to promote celebrations that are safe, orderly and secure.

The actors involved are unanimous in wishing to do their utmost to prevent the spread of disease and to limit activities that lead to large gatherings. In the situation in which we currently find ourselves, Valborg celebrations therefore cannot go ahead in Uppsala. The actors concerned urge everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring in alternative ways this year.

“This spring is both different and familiar. Sunshine, warmth and green leaves appear as usual, but this year we need to care more about one another and take joint responsibility to avoid gathering in one place. We will keep our distance and find other ways to welcome the spring together,” says Vice-Chancellor Eva Åkesson.

The following activities will not take place:

  • The running of the falls
  • Activities in Ekonomikum Park
  • Herring lunch at Uppsala Konsert & Kongress
  • The donning of the caps below the University Library

Read more:

The Uppsala University web site about Walpurgis Eve in Uppsala

For continuous programme updates, see


The actors collaborating on Valborg in Uppsala are Uppsala University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences,  Uppsala Municipality, Uppsala University Hospital, Region Uppsala, the Police and Destination Uppsala.