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.
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!
Up Helly Aa Fire Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland at the end of January. This one is about as insane as you'd expect a celebration of the Viking New Year to be; people dress up as Viking warriors, go tar-barreling, storm around with torches, drinking heavily, and eventually, burn a replica Viking ship.