Positioned between Scotland and Norway, Shetland has a strong Viking history.
Shetland was handed over to Scotland from Norway as part of a royal wedding dowry in 1469.
Traditionally the festival marked the end of Yule, but today it’s more about celebrating the island’s Viking heritage.
Each year a new chief is elected to wear the Viking suit of armour and he is known as the Guizer Jarl.Leads the Jarl Squad.
The Guizer Carl selects his Jarl Squad and leads the procession, replete in his costume of helmet, shield, axe and dagger, with the Galley following along behind.
Other guests are invited to form the rest of the squad members, and these guests must be locals to take part in the squad and procession.
Close to a thousand participate in the procession which starts at 19:30 taking a route through town to the where the Galley is set alight at the Market Cross.
During the procession, the firelight from the torches is the only lighting as the streetlights are turned off.