Event: Up Helly Aa

After the gut-rupturing feasting and surfeit of sherry that will inevitably be at the heart of our Christmas celebrations, it’ll be time to start planning our New Year’s shenanigans.

For my money, one of the most interesting things you can do is Up Helly Aa on Shetland. Remote, chilly and pretty tough to get to (it’s nearer to Norway than Edinburgh) Shetland isn’t the easy choice but this festival makes it well worth it. Taking place on the last Tuesday in January, it’s the largest fire festival in Europe; a scorching, boozy bonfire topped off with the incineration of a life-sized Viking galley.

Up Helly Aa, Shetland

Just another Tuesday night on Shetland


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One Response to Event: Up Helly Aa

  1. This looks phenomenal. I’ve seen the New Year being celebrated at Allendale in Northumberland, where burning barrels are carried around the village. This looks equally spectacular and I look forward to seeing it at some point.

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