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Epic Photos From Viking Festival In Scotland
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Epic Photos From Viking Festival In Scotland

Up Helly Aa is a legendary viking festival that takes place in Scotland every year, and Tuesday’s procession was epic as ever. Realistic armoured costumes, group chanting, and a full-on ship burning was only the beginning of a night filled with drinking, dancing and… Well, more drinking.

All groups of ‘vikings’ are known as Jarl Squads, which are led by an elected Guizer Jarl. The squads spend the whole day marching through Lerwick, the capital of Shetland province, and eventually make their way to the waterfront, where they burn a viking ship with 1 thousand torches. Once the boat is nice and crispy, they retire to town hall and drink beer until the sun comes up.

The festival is a deeply cherished tradition in the Shetland islands, which were invaded and colonised by Norse viking settlers in the 8th century, and became a Norwegian province until 1472. Those hundreds of years left an impact on the now Scottish territory, which continues to celebrate its Scandinavian history.

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Stille20
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Third photo down, kid top right! Totally just made my day. These are awesome!

Cody Eriksen
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

not sure if he's protesting or in character.

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Dean Fallows
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Brilliant festival..... Just heading home from it now. And no it's all about celebrating the proud history and heritage of the Shetland Island people. And drinking.....

jbingham
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like the viking wearing the hipster glasses.

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Stille20
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Third photo down, kid top right! Totally just made my day. These are awesome!

Cody Eriksen
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

not sure if he's protesting or in character.

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Dean Fallows
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Brilliant festival..... Just heading home from it now. And no it's all about celebrating the proud history and heritage of the Shetland Island people. And drinking.....

jbingham
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like the viking wearing the hipster glasses.

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