Gamla Uppsala, 754 40
Legend holds that these three prominences are the places of repose for the Norse gods Odin, Thor and Freyr as they wait to be called into battle on the last day, to take the field against the forces of evil in the last battle of Ragnarok
. Folklore aside, archaeological and historical investigations revealed in centuries past that the barrows are in fact burial chambers for pre-Christian chieftains. Regardless of their purpose, these landmarks have been symbols of Swedish heritage since before the Swedish nation existed, and are often considered a symbol of national culture much like the three crowns on the Swedish coat of arms. A visit here is an easy stroll from the village of Gamla Uppsala
and a perusal of the informational facilities detailing the scientific knowledge and mythological significance about the mounds is a nice complement to a picnic or hike in the area.