Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions!
What is the River Rafting?
The River Rafting is an event organized by Uppsala Union of Engineering and Science students (UTN) through the River Rafting Committee (called Forskå in Swedish). The event is one of Sweden’s largest student events and involves students from the entire Uppsala University, mainly engineering and science students. At the end of April, approximately one week before the River Rafting, the River Festival is held. At the festival, rafters build their rafts while everyone else spend time at the area enjoying good food, beverages, concerts and other activities. The River Festival ends with the big finale; the River Rafting itself. That’s when rafters jump on their self made rafts and rows down Fyrisån (the river) in central Uppsala. Over 40 000 spectators, commentators, headmaster of Uppsala University and other great personalities come there to watch. After the rafting, the rafters get a smaller meal and a patch as a testimony of their bravery.
Who is allowed to participate in the rafting?
Anyone can participate! It’s not just science and engineering students that are allowed to participate. All you have to do is sign up for a chance to get a rafting position in the raffle. However, the requirements for participating are to be at least 18 year of age, able to swim and to be sober during the rafting. Members of the union(UTN) get to pay a more favorable price to participate.
When is the River Rafting?
The River Rafting is initiated by the River Festival that is held at Campus Polacksbacken, next to Ångströmlaboratoriet. The River Festival takes place at the end of April and offers, apart from building a raft, daily entertainment, food and beverage services as well as other fun activities. The River Rafting itself is held on Valborg, April 30th at 10:00.
Can you raft and still celebrate Valborg?
Yes! Participating in the River rafting is such an established Valborg-tradition that you not only not miss celebrating it, you actually are a part of the festivities themself. And as the activities continue the entire afternoon and evening you have plenty of time to participate in them as well!
How do I get a rafting position?
The application to participate in the River rafting raffle opens in February, during this time period, you can sign up at our website. If you don’t get a position in this raffle, you are very welcome to a rafting pub held at our union house, Uthgård. All the remaining rafting positions will be randomly given out to those who are present at the pub.
It is also possible to construct and raft corporate rafts. If you are interested, please contact [email protected] Another way to get a rafting position is to participate in various competitions that will be held around the campuses of Uppsala University during the raffle period, more information about this will be announced.