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Up Helly Aa – Europe’s largest fire festival.
On the last Tuesday in January, the Shetland Islanders throw Europe’s largest fire festival. The Viking themed festival is so riotous, the town of Lerwick had to declare the following day a public holiday for revellers to recover. Armed with torches, ‘Guizers’ or men in Viking disguises, lead a procession towards a galley ship. After the traditional song is sung, the ship is set alight and the party continues well into Wednesday. If we can make one wee recommendation… dress warm. Shetland is on the same latitude as southern Greenland and the festival will go ahead regardless of sub zero temperatures.