Smells like Up Helly Aa

For days before the galley actually burns, you could swear there’s sometimes a whiff of Up Helly Aa in the air.

As it got light this morning the smell was definitely there.

The Peerie Shop’s knitted helmets and Harry’s mini Vikings in raging battle hint at what’s to come.

People peer over and peep out, crowds start to form in unlikely places and then the peerie bodies start to file in.

Then there’s a rumble and a roar and a sea of glistening helmets makes it’s way into town (complete with the ultimate Viking accessory). First David Nicolson’s Jarl Squad, followed by the Junior Jarl Squad. The galley, Per Ardua, watches over the festivities.

Watch the beautiful Per Ardua being built here, then watch her burn here (we can’t wait to see/smell her mast come crashing down in the flames). See a piece on the history of Up Helly Aa here.

We’ll be back on Thursday because we’ll still be dancing tomorrow morning. Until then, three cheers for the smelliest, nosiest, craziest Tuesday in the year.




2 thoughts on “Smells like Up Helly Aa

  1. Eleanor Lee January 31, 2012 / 4:01 pm

    How I would love to one day be there to see this. 🙂 xx

  2. Bev January 31, 2012 / 7:04 pm

    trying to watch the live feed – thanks for the daytime pics!

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