Up Helly Aa


IN PICTURES: Celebrating Up Helly Aa over the years

January 29, 2019

As Lerwick prepares to welcome visitors from across the globe ahead of Up Helly Aa, we take a look back at the best pictures captured at the event. Showcasing traditional features of the festival – from costumed warriors to the burning of the galley – they’ll be sure to make you want to visit.  


WATCH: Vikings take over Shetland for Up Helly Aa festival

January 30, 2018

Watch as the world-famous Up Helly Aa festival gets underway in Shetland today. Vikings have taken over the streets of Lerwick as visitors from all around the world celebrate the fire festival. After a day of visits to schools and a civic reception, the main procession begins at 7.30pm.