Guizer Jarl Mark Evans...Shetland's spectacular Up Helly Aa Viking fire festival is getting under way in Lerwick. About 1,000 men will parade through the streets before burning their replica Viking galley. Hundreds of visitors have arrived in the islands for the annual event.
Up Helly Aa - Viking and Fire Festival Held on January 31 in Scotland, the festival is Europe’s biggest fire festival that marks the end of the Yule season. Local men dress up as Vikings (no women allowed) and light torches and eventually throw them into a replica long ship or galley.