About Shetland’s Up Helly Aa Festivals

Between January and March every year, communities across Shetland come together for a series of spectacular and unique fiery celebrations.

These fire festivals commemorate Shetland’s Viking past and are also a triumphant demonstration of the islanders’ skill, spirit and sense of community. They bring together people from all generations and backgrounds, from across the islands, to celebrate.

Each Up Helly Aa is marked with a torch-lit procession through the streets, the symbolic burning of a galley (Viking longship), and then on to a night of feasting, dancing and fun.

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Highlights and Videos

    • Videos

      Nesting & Girlsta Up Helly Aa

      4 mins
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      Up Helly Aa 2020: Meet the Jarl

    • Videos

      Delting Up Helly Aa 2019

      4 mins
    • Videos

      Walls Brownies Up Helly Aa - 2019

      3 mins
    • Videos

      Bressay Up Helly Aa 2019

      4 mins
    • Videos

      Northmavine Up Helly Aa 2019

      4 mins
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      Uyeasound Up Helly Aa 2019

      4 mins
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      Up Helly Aa 2019 - your 4 minute tour

      4 mins
    • Videos

      South Mainland Up Helly Aa 2018

      9 mins
      • Videos

        Five Winter Nichts - a poem in Shetland dialect

        1 min
      • Videos

        Islandness

        2 mins
      • Videos

        The Future of Shetland's Textiles

        5 mins
      • Videos

        Positive Change in Shetland

        2 mins
      • Videos

        Wild Swimming In Shetland

        2 mins
      • Videos

        NHS Fundraiser for Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal

        3 mins
      • Videos

        A Guide to the Shetland Folk Festival

        9 mins
      • Videos

        Da Voar Redd Up: Shetland's Spring Clean

        4 mins
      • Videos

        Ann Cleeves' Shetland

        3 mins
      • Videos

        The Shetlanders: the locals who call Shetland home.

        2 mins
      • Videos

        Shetland Ponies from Shetland

        3 mins

      News and Updates

      Shetland has 12 annual winter festivals where our communities celebrate the return of lighter days, our Norse heritage...

      Posted by Promote Shetland on Sunday, January 5, 2020

      Congratulations to Guizer Jarl George Martin representing the Norse God Baldur and his squad, enjoy your day. Today...

      Posted by Promote Shetland on Friday, January 10, 2020

      Fire Festival Season 2020

      10 Jan Scalloway Fire Festival
      28 Jan Lerwick Junior Up Helly Aa
      28 Jan Lerwick Up Helly Aa
      07 Feb Nesting and Girlsta Up Helly Aa
      14 Feb Uyeasound Up Helly Aa
      21 Feb Northmavine Up Helly Aa
      28 Feb Bressay Up Helly Aa
      28 Feb Cullivoe Up Helly Aa
      29 Feb Norwick Up Helly Aa
      06 Mar Walls Junior Up Helly Aa
      13 Mar South Mainland Up Helly Aa
      20 Mar Delting Up Helly Aa