Fyris

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Coordinates: 59°47′12″N 17°39′20″E / 59.78667°N 17.65556°E / 59.78667; 17.65556
Fyris River (Fyrisån)
River
Uppsala - View of river and Västgöta nation.jpg
The Fyris River in winter as seen from a hotel window in central Uppsala.
Country Sweden
Mouth Mälaren
 - coordinates 59°47′12″N 17°39′20″E / 59.78667°N 17.65556°E / 59.78667; 17.65556
Length 80 km (50 mi) [1]
Basin 1,982 km2 (765 sq mi) [1]
Discharge
 - average 14 m3/s (494 cu ft/s) [1]
Fyris River in Uppsala (December 2007).
The Fyris river in winter (February 2010) as seen from a bridge over it

Fyrisån (in English, 'the Fyris river') is a river in the Swedish province of Uppland, which passes through the city of Uppsala and ends in Lake Mälaren.

It was formerly called the Full or the Sala riverSala referred to the halls (Up-Salir) of the Swedish kings at Gamla Uppsala – but its name was changed in the 17th century in memory of the Fyrisvellir, marshy plains which had long since been turned to agriculture, but were famous from Norse mythology and as the site of the Battle of Fýrisvellir in the late 10th century.

Boats can sail up the river from Lake Mälaren all the way to central Uppsala where two weirs make further progress impossible. In the summer of 2007 the construction of a fish ladder was started,[2] in order to make it possible for the endangered and potamodromous fish species asp to pass the weirs, and reach its spawning waters. On the last day of April every year, students attempt to navigate the weirs on homemade rafts with predictable results.

References[edit]

Media related to Fyrisån at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ a b c "Fyrisån". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 11 July 2010.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ Daniel Jansson (2007-11-22). "Aspen får trappa i Islandsfallet" (in Swedish). Upsala Nya Tidning. Retrieved 2007-12-24.