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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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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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In Pictures: Up Helly Aa

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An estimated 8000 torchbearers, led by the Up Helly Aa Vikings from Shetland and more than 100 pipers, illuminated Edinburgh from George IV Bridge to Calton Hill during last year's Hogmanay celebrations. Image: Neil Hanna

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Up Helly Aa in pictures: Viking festival in Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Up Helly Aa - Fire festival on the Shetland Islands, culminating in 1000 'guizers' (men in costume) throwing flaming torches into a Viking longship

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