Up Helly Aa

Up Helly Aa

Up Helly Aa

Where: Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland

When: December/January

Up Helly Aa is an annual festival that involves a procession of up to a thousand Viking-clad participants, and culminates in flaming torches being thrown into replica Viking longships.

Up Helly Aa is a tradition that originated in the 1880s. Since then the festival has been an annual occurrence in the Shetland calendar (barring several postponements due to wars and other national-interest events).

An incredibly strong experience is promised to all who attend. There is a public holiday in the region the following day for “recovery”, so you can be assured also of a good night out!!

Viking-clad participant – Up Helly Aa

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Chris Gray

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