Up Helly Aa 2012

The Vikings returned to Scotland recently for Up Helly Aa, the celebration of Nordic influence in Scotland's Shetland Islands. The Guardian newspaper offers a slideshow of photos from the event.

The culmination of Up Helly Aa, which includes a huge parade of costumed Vikings, involves pitching flaming torches into a replica longboat. The photos capture the spirit and fun of the annual celebration.