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!

Up-Helly-Aa: a series of festivals held on the Shetland Isles to mark the end of the yule season

Up-Helly-Aa: a series of festivals held on the Shetland Isles to mark the end of the yule season

Up Helly Aa !. Europe's largest fire festival with Viking origins celebrated in the Shetland Isles, Scotland.

Up Helly Aa !. Europe's largest fire festival with Viking origins celebrated in the Shetland Isles, Scotland.

I assume if we had lived 1,200 years ago! Well, thankfully, the age of angry and chaotic vikings has long since passed – but the tradition of “Up Helly Aa” has stayed as strong as ever! #RealEstate #LiveinScotland See more at: http://castlesmart.com

I assume if we had lived 1,200 years ago! Well, thankfully, the age of angry and chaotic vikings has long since passed – but the tradition of “Up Helly Aa” has stayed as strong as ever! #RealEstate #LiveinScotland See more at: http://castlesmart.com

A new genetic map of Britain shows that there has been little movement between   areas of Britain which were former tribal kingoms in Anglo-Saxon England

A new genetic map of Britain shows that there has been little movement between areas of Britain which were former tribal kingoms in Anglo-Saxon England

Up Helly Aa refers to fire festivals held in Shetland, in Scotland, 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 in Lerwick. The current celebration grew out of the older yule tradition of tar barrelling which took place at Christmas and New Year as well as Up Helly Aa. Squads of young men would drag barrels of burning tar through town on sledges, making mischief.Up Helly Aa Photos | David Gifford…

Up Helly Aa refers to fire festivals held in Shetland, in Scotland, 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 in Lerwick. The current celebration grew out of the older yule tradition of tar barrelling which took place at Christmas and New Year as well as Up Helly Aa. Squads of young men would drag barrels of burning tar through town on sledges, making mischief.Up Helly Aa Photos | David Gifford…

PROUD VIKING WARRIORS. | Shetland's "Up Helly Aa" Fire Festival Looks Like The Best Festival On Earth

PROUD VIKING WARRIORS. | Shetland's "Up Helly Aa" Fire Festival Looks Like The Best Festival On Earth

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.

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.

I traveled with Haggis Adventures to the remote Shetland Islands, northeast of Scotland, to experience Up Helly Aa, the Viking Fire Festival held in Shetland every January. This may have been my best trip…EVER.

I traveled with Haggis Adventures to the remote Shetland Islands, northeast of Scotland, to experience Up Helly Aa, the Viking Fire Festival held in Shetland every January. This may have been my best trip…EVER.

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