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Travel Home > Directory > Travel Events > 01 January > 29 Up Helly Aa


Up Helly Aa, held each year in the town of Lerwick in the Shetland Islands north of the Scottish Mainland, is a magnificent fire festival, incorporating the burning of a Viking galley and a torchlit parade of nearly 1000 people, dressed either as Vikings or in all manner of crazy fancy-dress costumes.


Lerwick Up Helly Aa

Offical site explaining the history of this famous fire festival which includes the torching of a replica Viking longship or galley.

Lerwick Up Helly Aa

Up Helly-Aa - wikipedia

Up Helly Aa is any of a variety of fire festivals held in Shetland annually in the middle of winter to mark the end of the yule season. The festival involves a procession of guizers (or guisers) formed into squads processing through the town or village in a variety of themed costumes. This procession culminates in the torches being thrown into a replica Viking longship or galley.

Up Helly-Aa - wikipedia


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