Up Helly Aa

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 6 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Ends Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Witness the jawdropping Viking parade and longboat burning
  • Party till dawn with the locals
  • Get high on the Shetland islands’ breathtaking scenery
  • Marvel at Jarlshoff – Shetland’s finest prehistoric site
The Up Helly Aa tour starts and ends in Edinburgh. The Up Helly Aa is an explorer tour that takes 6 days taking you through Edinburgh, Scotland and other destinations in Scotland.

Few have heard of it, let alone been. Our destination is Shetland in the far north of Scotland, where one of the most incredible festivals in Europe is held. On the last Tuesday of January, the town of Lerwick goes more than a little mad. Up Helly Aa is a lot more than a sub-arctic bonfire and booze-up. It’s a superb spectacle, a celebration of Shetland’s history and a triumphant demonstration of the islanders’ skills and spirit. Fifty helmeted Vikings, a burning Norse galley and an all-night party. Unmissable.
  • Day 1 : Edinburgh To Lerwick
  • Day 2 : Shetland
  • Day 3 : Up Helly Aa
  • Day 4 : Shetland
  • Day 5 : Shetland To Aberdeen
  • Day 6 : Aberdeen To Edinburgh
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  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • All transport around Scotland in the famous yellow HAGGiS bus
  • All ferry charges
  • Legendary local HAGGiS Guide
  • Any international flights to/from Edinburgh are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Up Helly Aa tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Up Helly Aa tour. You can cancel the tour up to 45 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 44 days of departure.


A deposit of 100 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 44 days before departure. For any departures within 25 August 2020 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

Up Helly Aa tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Up Helly Aa tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.