Nothing has however ended the Up Helly Aa guizers from making a superb spectacle which although only sustained one day and one night carries testament to the grit and determination in the face of anything that the elements of mid-winter may bring. Up Helly Aa is an excellent spectacle and a party of Shetland history. 

Dubbed the upper Mardi Gras the parties are led by the 'Guizer Jarl' who adopts a figure from the Norse Sagas. Wearing an outfit that will took 2 yrs in the creating and using a raven-winged helmet and armed Viking axe for sale  with traditional axe and shield he'll embark on a 24 time race that may see him ranking at the helm of his condemned galley as he watches around 800 to 1,000 covered guys bearing raging torches sort a blazing procession snaking their way towards the using site.

Pulling the Galley on its way to the using site and it's being delivered to Valhalla is at the very top squad of Vikings. Referred to as Jarl's Squad that group of warriors stays the exact same for each festival having its rates swollen for the procession by invitees. To be invited to join Jarl's Squad is a great opportunity and a once in a lifetime event. It takes Jarl's Squad about half an hour to move the galley through the a large number of spectators to the burning site.

Up Helly Aa has changed more than 12 centuries with the torchlight procession and galley using echoing the Viking Main cremation habit and their religious ceremonies to mark the get back of the sun subsequent the wintertime solstice. Today's Up Helly Aa maintains lots of the components with the torchlight procession and the galley using being the absolute most significant but there is enough of feasting and revelry ongoing the traditions of the Viking consuming halls with revellers in Nordic expensive gown costume partying through the night.