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Please do not contact the Up Helly Aa Committee about travel or accommodation, as we will not be able to assist you.
Whilst visitors are welcome as on-lookers to view the spectacular festival of Up-Helly-Aa, it is very much a local event for local people and participants must have been a resident in Shetland for 5 years before they can take part in a squad and the procession.
If you plan to visit Shetland to view Up Helly Aa, the Shetland.org website provides excellent information about flights and ferries to and from Shetland, and about the many activities and attractions that Shetland has to offer.
Visit Scotland provides advice and information about travel and accommodation. You can contact their Lerwick office on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01595 693434, or their Sumburgh office on Sumburgh.email@example.com tel. 01950 460905.
The Up Helly Aa Day page provides an overview of the schedule for Up Helly Aa day, and the sights you can see.
Anyone can view the morning marches and the evening procession. Spectators watch from the pavements alongside the roads, and no tickets are required.