Amazing viking experiences: how to go to Up Helly Aa, a viking festival in Shetland, Scotland

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Amazing viking experiences: how to go to Up Helly Aa, a viking festival in Shetland, Scotland

Up Helly Aa is Shetland's famous fire festival, celebrating the Islands Norse Heritage, on the last Tuesday of January. A Viking longboat is built and set alight in the centre of Lerwick before a night of festivities begin!

Up Helly Aa is Shetland's famous fire festival, celebrating the Islands Norse Heritage, on the last Tuesday of January. A Viking longboat is built and set alight in the centre of Lerwick before a night of festivities begin!

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Up-Helly-Aa - Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland every January. A spectacular Viking midwinter fire ceremony, with the burning of a longship.

Up Helly Aa is a legendary viking festival that takes place in Scotland every year, and Tuesday's procession was epic as ever. Realistic armoured costumes, group chanting, and a full-on ship burning was only the beginning of a night filled with drinking, dancing and... Well, more drinking.

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The Jarl Squad parade on the streets of Lerwick during the Up Helly Aa Viking fire festival in Shetland.

27th January 2015. Shetland's annual Up Helly Aa fire festival has been celebrated, culminating in the burning of a replica Viking ship.

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Amateur Vikings process around their longboat during the annual Up Helly Aa festival in Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland

Up Helly Aa in Lerwick had been on my bucket list for years, and at the end of January you have a chance to see it too. Here is everything you need to know!

Everything you Need to Know about Up Helly Aa in Lerwick

Up Helly Aa in Lerwick had been on my bucket list for years, and at the end of January you have a chance to see it too.

10. Up Helly Aa Fire Festival - Scotland--occurs the last Tuesday of January each year. Marches, visitations, all ending with the burning of a replica of Viking longship or galley. Tradition dictates that the person serving as a guizer or "jarl" has to be part of a certain committee for 15 years before being to take on that role. Only one person is admitted to the committee each year.

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Up Helly-Aa: the Fire Festival (Shetland Islands) - A tribute to the islands' Viking Past, Up Helly-Aa ("End of the Holy Days"), the fire festivals are held in Shetland annually in the middle of winter to mark the end of the yule season. The festival involves a procession of up to a thousand guizers, and culminates with the burning of a 32-ft. replica of a Viking longship.

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