The Vikings are coming !

Lerwick is preparing for the annual Up Helly Aa Festival.

The festival of fire, held on the last Tuesday in January, remembers the Vikings who used to rule the Shetland islands 1,000 years ago. Warriors parade through the streets by torchlight as visitors from across the world gather to watch the spectacle.

The day culminates with the dramatic burning of a replica Viking long ship at King George V Playing Fields.

The event is one of ten fire festivals held across Shetland.

(BBC Scotland, 2018)


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