Travel and Accommodation

Please do not contact the Up Helly Aa Committee about travel or accommodation, as we will not be able to assist you.

Information For Visitors

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 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 or 01595 693434, or their Sumburgh office on tel. 01950 460905.