Up Helly Aa Fire

Festivals | Cultural, Up Helly Aa Fire Festival, January, Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland

Up Helly Aa, takes place in Lerwick, Shetland, on the last Tuesday in January every year. Up Helly Aa day involves a series of marches and visitations, culminating in a torch-lit procession and the burning of a galley.

Up Helly Aa is a community event, with countless volunteers contributing many hours each winter towards organising and planning the following year’s festival. Each festival involves a torchlit procession by squads of costumed participants (known as guizers) that culminates in the burning of Viking galley.

With the Raven Banner hanging from Lerwick Town Hall and scores of local men magnificently dressed as Vikings you may well think that the clock has turned back more than 1,000 years.

Our lifestyle team is on hand to provide a bespoke hospitality experience for our members at the Up Helly Aa Fire in Scotland. Our offering is catered to your heart's desire and we cover all aspects of your experience, from accommodation and transportation arrangements, to entertainment and local guides in Scotland.

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Up Helly Aa Fire
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Seasonal
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Annual
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Date
Late January 2023
Location
Location
Scotland
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