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Photo by Keith Morrison of a ship burning at the Up-Helly-A celebrations in Shetland

Photo by Keith Morrison of the galley burning at Up-Helly-Aa in Shetland

Up-Helly-Aa: a series of festivals held on the Shetland Isles to mark the end of the yule season

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Up-Helly-Aa: a series of festivals held on the Shetland Isles viking heritage runs deep. I love UHA

'Guizer Jarl' David Nicholson, leader of the 'Jarl Squad', stands aboard his longboat next to its beast-head prow during the annual Up Helly Aa festival in Lerwick, Shetland Islands on Jan. 31. Up Helly Aa celebrates the influence of the Scandinavian Vikings in the Shetland Islands and culminates with up to 1,000 'guizers' (men in costume) throwing flaming torches into their Viking longboat and setting it alight later in the evening.

'Guizer Jarl' David Nicholson, leader of the 'Jarl Squad', stands aboard his longboat next to its beast-head prow during the annual Up Helly Aa festival in Lerwick, Shetland Islands

The party is over | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

The party is over | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Aurora Borealis viewed from Eshaness, Shetland (November 2012).

Aurora Borealis viewed from Eshaness, Shetland (November

North Voe Whalsay by Ivan Reid, via Flickr

North Voe Whalsay by Ivan Reid

Sometimes the morning mists just fill the valleys.

Sometimes the morning mists just fill the valleys.

Shetland Islands, could it be??? Why not!!!

The Shetland Isles, a unique place of peace, pure air and wide open spaces. Visit Shetland and savour the wildlife, the birdlife and the warm community spirit.

Prehistoric Archaeological Site - Shetland, Scotland

The prehistoric archaeological site at Jarlshof, Scotland, includes buildings from the Bronze, Iron and Viking ages.

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