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Up Helly Aa is Shetland's famous fire festival, celebrating the Islands Norse Heritage, on the last Tuesday of January. A Viking longboat is built and set alight in the centre of Lerwick before a night of festivities begin!

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Fiery European Festivals

Up Helly Aa Festival, Lerwick, Shetland Islands

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Shetland’s Viking Fire Festival – Up Helly Aa I really want to go here for this!

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Up Helly Aa !. Europe's largest fire festival with Viking origins celebrated in the Shetland Isles, Scotland.

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from Adventurous Kate

Up Helly Aa in Shetland — Possibly My Best Adventure Yet!

I traveled with Haggis Adventures to the remote Shetland Islands, northeast of Scotland, to experience Up Helly Aa, the Viking Fire Festival held in Shetland every January. This may have been my best trip…EVER.

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from The Telegraph

Britons still live in Anglo-Saxon tribal kingdoms, Oxford University finds

A new genetic map of Britain shows that there has been little movement between areas of Britain which were former tribal kingoms in Anglo-Saxon England

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from The Independent

100 things to do before you die, 1-50

Up-Helly-Aa: a series of festivals held on the Shetland Isles to mark the end of the yule season

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Uphellyaa Scotland. The Galley on her way to Valhalla at the end of the procession within the burning site. Photo by David Gifford.

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from BuzzFeed

Shetland's "Up Helly Aa" Fire Festival Looks Like The Best Festival On Earth

PROUD VIKING WARRIORS. | Shetland's "Up Helly Aa" Fire Festival Looks Like The Best Festival On Earth

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from near the lighthouse

Shetland: A place where The Vikings ships are still burning

Up Helly Aa

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