Celebrating valborg in old town Stockholm

May 1, 2013

in Living in Sweden,Stockholm,Sweden,Swedish traditions

riddarholmen fire

The valborg celebration at Riddarholmen.

stockholm valborg

All photos by Robert Corkery except where noted.


Ready to begin lighting the fire.

I always enjoy going to the valborg celebration. The symbolic burning away of winter with a big bonfire just feels right to me. And I’d been wished trevlig valborg or happy May day all afternoon at the office. But as I came home from work yesterday, it was raining and cold and it felt like the last thing I wanted to do.

As we ate dinner, the sun rather miraculously came out and stayed. So Robert and I couldn’t resist going to check out the big bonfire at Riddarholmen. We met up with James who is still visiting from Sydney and had such a perfect night. We threaded our way up to the front of the fire where we quite literally felt roasted. Then we listened to the karaoke and felt rather lucky to be celebrating the end of winter.

See some of last year’s photos here.


I like how it looks like city hall is on fire here.


James and I getting scorched.


Posing in front of Stadshuset. Photo by James O'Brien.

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